Category Archives: Low carbon energy

How investors will drive up demand for renewables

This post is by Catherine Howarth, chief executive of ShareAction and Green Alliance trustee. The focus of the investment community, in the run up to the Paris COP21, was on the financial risks of investments in fossil fuel companies. Understandably … Continue reading

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The surprise death of UK CCS is the real energy reset

Forget the cuts to the RHI. Ignore halving ECO. The biggest change to the UK’s energy strategy didn’t appear in yesterday’s autumn statement. Instead, a two line note snuck out an hour or so after George Osborne finished his speech confirmed that … Continue reading

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Coherence is returning to UK energy policy

UK energy policy took two big steps forward today, after months of self-inflicted damage by a government unclear about what it wanted to achieve. There remain some big gaps, most notably on energy efficiency, onshore wind and solar, but we … Continue reading

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Grimsby shows how offshore wind is supporting jobs and growth

The offshore wind sector is playing an increasingly important role in providing jobs and economic growth along Britain’s North Sea coast. More than one in ten people live in coastal communities, reflecting the UK’s maritime tradition and the historic importance … Continue reading

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How the great British weather can help to bridge the renewables gap

The climate for renewable technologies in the UK has been notably inclement lately, ever since the summer’s soggy policy announcements resoundingly dampened investors’ and businesses’ enthusiasm. Now, even the usually resilient edifice of government is leaking.

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Why Big Energy Saving Week didn’t save much energy

This post is by Dustin Benton and Amy Mount. After a summer of wiping the slate clean, the one remaining certainty about the government’s attitude to UK energy policy is that it is committed to minimising cost. This was the … Continue reading

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How cheaper negawatts are made to look more expensive than watts

This post is by Nic Craig, Green Alliance policy intern, Amy Mount and Dustin Benton The capacity market, which provides payments to ‘keep the lights on’, is one of the energy policies still surviving after a summer of scrappages and watering … Continue reading

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How to get UK energy and climate policy back on track

Sometimes it takes an outsider to reveal an uncomfortable truth. In his speech this week to Green Alliance’s Beyond Paris event, held in association with the CBI, Al Gore held up a mirror to the UK and it wasn’t pretty. … Continue reading

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The climate case against shale gas

This post is by Tony Bosworth, Friends of the Earth’s energy campaigner. It’s no surprise that a task force funded by the shale gas industry has produced a report saying fracking can help tackle climate change. But its arguments – … Continue reading

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The climate case for shale gas

This post is by climate and energy consultant Stephen Tindale. He blogs at http://www.climateanswers.info. UK climate campaigners should support fracking for shale gas. Shale gas would enable the UK to reduce the burning of coal, and also the import of … Continue reading

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