Author Archives: Dustin Benton

About Dustin Benton

Head of energy and resources at Green Alliance. Tweets at @dustin_benton.

Yesterday’s EU ruling on products is a triumph for British consumer rights

Have you ever shattered your mobile phone screen? Or maybe your washing machine has packed up, and the repair costs so much you might as well buy a new one? Yesterday, national governments of the EU’s 28 member states, including … Continue reading

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What would Brexit mean for the UK’s power system?

This article was first published on BusinessGreen. The UK’s electricity system is increasingly connected to our European neighbours. In the past half decade, we’ve built two new electricity interconnectors, linking us to the Netherlands and Ireland. Earlier this year, the Treasury’s … Continue reading

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What does the budget mean for UK renewables?

The chancellor described his budget as taking bold decisions to “act now so we don’t pay later.” Osborne announced £730 million of funding for “less established” renewables and endorsed storage, demand response and interconnection. Half an hour before the Budget, … Continue reading

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The EU’s circular economy package is about a lot more than just recycling

A version of this post first appeared on BusinessGreen. The European Commission this week fired the starting gun on its circular economy programme, and the panoply of documents released shows that it will be a marathon, not a sprint. As … 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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