News and Comment

Mar 22, 2017

A Public Sector Energy Company for Scotland?

In a recent blog for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell considers the Scottish Government's Energy Strategy and its proposal to establish a Governmental level Energy Services Company.
Mar 22, 2017

Innovation on Social Housing PV in the Public Sector

In a recent blog for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell considers the radical move by North Ayrshire Council in Scotland to ask Council tenants for a contribution towards a solar PV system for their roofs.
Mar 21, 2017

More than just FIT cuts to blame for Council solar strategy fall out

In a recent blog for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell looks at the background to a survey finding that 70% of local authorities have no solar PV strategy at present.
Mar 21, 2017

EVs, V2G and the local authority potential

In a recent blog for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell looks at the potential benefitts for local authorities to develop fleets of EVs, with the dual purpose of peforming their services and also creating a battery storage tool.
Feb 01, 2017

Briefing on the Merton Rule

The Renewable Energy Association and APSE Energy have promoted 'the Merton Rule' , which many wrongly believe was abolished by the Government. Stephen Cirell wrote the Briefing Note on the issue upon which their work is based.
Feb 01, 2017

The New Industrial Strategy and the Role of Local Authorities

In a recent blog for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell looks the Government's new Industrial Strategy and considers the role of local authoritites in achieving its aims.
Feb 01, 2017

New Energy Companies and Our Need for Their Survival

In a recent blog for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell comments on the recent news that small energy supplier GB Energy had ceased trading.
Feb 01, 2017

Investing in Electricity: reducing costs and increasing income for local authorities

In a recent blog for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell comments on the new report published by APSE Energy on how to be smarter with electricty and close up the circle of generartion, distribution and supply for the benefit of the community.
Feb 01, 2017

Local Authority Solar Farm Connected to Grid Under the CFD Regime

In a recent blog for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell considers the fact that one of only two solar farms connected to the electricity grid via the Contracts for Difference regime is a local authority project.
Jan 12, 2017

Non Domestic RHI Reforms: Implications for Local Authorities

In his latest blog for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell teams up with fellow APSE Energy consultant Steve Luker to consider the Government announcements on the RHI and considers the implications for local authorities.
Dec 13, 2016

ESCO's: What the Future Holds

In the last of his series of blogs for Clean Energy News on local authority Energy Services Companies (ESCOs), Stephen Cirell considers what the future might hold for a local authority enegy company.
Dec 09, 2016

ESCO's: How Local Authorities Can Choose the Right Vehicle for Change

In the fifth of his series of blogs for Clean Energy News on local authority Energy Services Companies (ESCOs), Stephen Cirell considers how a local authority can choose the right vehicle to deliver change.
Nov 25, 2016

Local Authority Energy Companies: The Options

In the fourth of his series of blogs for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell considers the options for local authority Energy Services Companies (ESCO's).
Nov 17, 2016

The Business Benefits of ESCOs

In the third of his series of blogs for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell considers the business benefits of local authority Energy Services Companies (ESCO's).
Nov 17, 2016

ESCOs: Why a local authority is the ideal organisation to create one

In the second of his series of blogs for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell considers why local authorities are the ideal organisation to establish local authority Energy Services Companies (ESCO's).
Nov 09, 2016

ESCO's: What they are, why they're important and how businesses can benefit

In the first of this series of blogs for Clean Energy News, Stephen Cirell considers the establishment of local authority Energy Services Companies (ESCO's) and their significance.
Jul 06, 2016

Portsmouth announces far-sighted PPA funded solar PV

It was reported in Clean Energy News last week that Portsmouth City Council is to roll out PPA funded solar PV over the next four years under a £10m scheme. This is great news.
Jul 03, 2016

Biomass Projects for Local Government - A Window of Opportunity?

We have been advising local authorities on a range of different renewable energy projects over the past couple of years. However, there was a discernable fall off in projects relating to biomass boilers about 6 -9 months ago, which was caused by the…
Mar 16, 2016

How to get solar PV projects on track

The medium term strategy for solar PV projects whereby prices of solar PV fall sufficiently for solar PV projects to be undertaken at the same IRR as previously, but without Government subsidy is set to be realised by the end of 2017.
Mar 15, 2016

Changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and their Impact on Biomass Projects for Local Government

APSE Energy has been advising local authorities on a range of different renewable energy projects over the past couple of years. However, there was a discernable fall off in projects relating to biomass boilers about 6 -9 months ago, which was caused by the…
Mar 11, 2016

Developing a Medium Term Strategy for Solar PV Development in Local Government

The solar PV industry is used to turbulence and there have been numerous times in the past five years when this has been apparent, such as in 2012 when FIT rates were slashed overnight.
Jan 06, 2016

The Paris Agreement and the Direction of Government Policy in the UK

In this blog, Stephen Cirell considers where the COP 21 Intergovernmental talks in Paris before Xmas leaves UK Energy Policy.
Dec 23, 2015

Deck the halls with biomethane

More households will be cooking their turkeys this Christmas with green gas this Yuletide than ever before, according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).
Dec 23, 2015

Buckinghamshire awards AD contracts

Buckinghamshire County Council has awarded four contracts to treat food and garden waste for the coming two years.
Dec 22, 2015

Renewables officially largest electricity generator in Scotland

Almost half of (49.7%) of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources in 2014, according to new figures from Holyrood.

Dec 22, 2015

Always look on the LED side of life say Good Energy

Using energy efficient LED Christmas tree lights this festive season could knock a £20 off your electricity bill, according to Good Energy.
Dec 22, 2015

MPs slam renewable energy cuts in letter to Energy Secretary

The Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned the UK will not hit international carbon reduction targets, following Government cuts to subsidies.
Dec 21, 2015

Carmarthenshire to make more homes energy efficient

Carmarthenshire County Council has secured another £1.6m from the Welsh Government to make more local homes energy efficiency.
Dec 21, 2015

African solar energy project reaches crowdfunding target

The INTASAVE Energy project has reached its original target of $100,000 to bring solar energy to villages in Kenya.
Dec 19, 2015

Council energy firm can “weather the storm” after FIT announcement

The commercial director at Public Power Solutions (PPS) has said he is confident they can “weather the storm” following this week’s news regarding the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) rates.
Dec 19, 2015

Lords call on EU to back up renewable energy targets

The House of Lords has called on the European Union to introduce enforcement mechanisms to ensure renewable energy targets are met.
Dec 19, 2015

Three Scottish councils join forces to build Energy-From-Waste plant

Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray councils have entered into an Inter Authority Agreement (IAA) to build a new £150m joint Energy-From-Waste plant.
Dec 19, 2015

MPs issue Green Investment Bank warning

A group of MPs have warned the warned the Government plans to privatise the Green Investment Bank (GIB) must not go ahead unless Ministers can protect its green objectives.
Dec 18, 2015

Stroud becomes carbon neutral council

Stroud District Council has claimed it has become the first carbon neutral local authority in the country.
Dec 17, 2015

Irish Government sets out vision of carbon-free future

The Irish Government has published an Energy White Paper, which outlines plans for the country to become carbon free by the end of the century.
Dec 17, 2015

Government confirms new Feed-In-Tariff rates

Domestic solar installations are set to see Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) rates reduced to 4.39p, the Government has today confirmed.
Dec 16, 2015

Trump loses wind farm battle

The US tycoon Donald Trump has lost his legal battle to prevent an offshore wind farm being built near his golf course in Aberdeenshire.
Dec 16, 2015

Tidal energy generator installed in Wales

A Welsh company has installed the country’s first tidal energy generator in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire.
Dec 16, 2015

Owzat! Derbyshire Cricket Club announces solar partnership

Derbyshire County Cricket Club has joined forces with Custom Solar for a new partnership.
Dec 15, 2015

Council planning next steps for energy park

Sedgemoor District Council has announced it is wasting no time in planning the next steps for a new energy park.
Dec 15, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 15 December 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Dec 15, 2015

STA calls on Rudd to back solar

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has called on the Energy Secretary to back the British solar industry following the Paris climate change agreement.
Dec 13, 2015

Paris is not a “perfect deal” admits Rudd

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has hailed the Paris climate change agreement as an “extraordinary achievement”, while admitting “it’s not a perfect deal”.
Dec 13, 2015

IKEA making progress on its green energy targets

The IKEA Group is now producing enough renewable energy to meet more than half its power needs, according to new figures.
Dec 13, 2015

North Yorkshire faces calls to divest from fossil fuels

Campaigners have called on North Yorkshire County Council, which is currently considering an application for fracking, to divest from fossil fuels.
Dec 13, 2015

UK politicians welcome Paris agreement

British political leaders from all sides have welcomed the agreement reached by almost 200 countries to tackle climate change in Paris.
Dec 12, 2015

RWE transfers renewables to new subsidiary

The German energy company RWE AG has announced it is to transfer its renewables, grid and retail operations in Germany and abroad to a new subsidiary.
Dec 12, 2015

New investment coalition launched for green infrastructure

A group of international investors, development banks and NGOs has announced the formation of a GreenInfrastructure Investment Coalition (GIIC) at the COP21 Conference in Paris.
Dec 10, 2015

Local authority solar company nominated for national award

Public Power Solutions (PPS) has been shortlisted for a Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Award for its innovative approach to solar development.
Dec 10, 2015

Consultation on VAT increase for solar launched

The Government has launched a consultation on plans to increase VAT for solar PV and solar thermal hot water heating systems.
Dec 10, 2015

Leeds making progress on carbon emission targets

Leeds City Council is half way to achieving its carbon cutting targets, according to a new report.
Dec 09, 2015

E.ON wins district heat network contract

E.ON has been chosen to provide a £30m district heat network for a new development on the outskirts of Exeter.
Dec 09, 2015

European leaders call on councils to tackle climate change

The President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Markku Markkula, and the European Commission's Vice-President, Maroš Sefčovič, have called on local authorities to cut carbon emissions.
Dec 08, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 8 December 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Dec 08, 2015

STA slams European Commission decision to extend import tariffs

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has criticized the European Commission after it announced it was extending price controls for Chinese solar panels.
Dec 06, 2015

Government funding approved for coal station conversion to biomass

A project to convert the Lynemouth coal-fired power plant in Northumberland to biomass has been given the green light.
Dec 06, 2015

South Oxfordshire tops nationwide recycling poll

South Oxfordshire District Council has topped a government league table for recycling rates.
Dec 06, 2015

Millions invested in community energy before tax relief deadline

Community energy groups have reported a last minute rush of investors, as the deadline for tax relief passes.
Dec 06, 2015

European solar industry shrinks by 70,000

The number of jobs in the solar industry across Europe has fallen by 70,000 in the last seven years, according to a new study.
Dec 05, 2015

Scottish rural renewable energy register reaches £10m milestone

Scotland’s communities are now benefitting by £10 million every year thanks to renewable energy projects, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
Dec 05, 2015

REA launches new campaign to tackle food waste

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has launched a new campaign to encourage councils to support the anaerobic digestion (AD) sector.
Dec 05, 2015

Hampshire’s carbon reduction savings windfall

Hampshire County Council’s programme to reduce carbon emissions has delivered savings of almost £3 million, according to new figures from the local authority.
Dec 03, 2015

Wind farm decision could cost council thousands

A Whitehall decision to call in plans for the largest onshore wind farm in England could cost the local council hundreds of thousands of pounds, it has emerged.
Dec 03, 2015

Kingfisher Group to invest £50m in renewable energy

The home improvement group Kingfisher has unveiled plans to invest £50 million in renewable energy, as part of a plan to reduce its energy consumption by 10% in the next two years.
Dec 03, 2015

Majority of UK public not aware UN climate talks are even taking place

More than two thirds (67%) of the UK public are unaware that the UN is holding climate change talks this week, according to a new survey.
Dec 02, 2015

Work starts to warm up Newtown homes

Powys Council has started work insulating homes on the Maesydail estate and part of the Trehafren estate in Newtown.
Dec 02, 2015

Flintshire Council to install solar panels on 400 homes

Hundreds on council homes are to have solar panels installed by Flintshire Council in a bid to save tenants £3.3 million.
Dec 02, 2015

National Trust to continue partnership with Good Energy

The National Trust has announced it will be continuing its partnership with green electricity supplier Good Energy for a further two years.
Dec 01, 2015

Isle of Wight to discuss solar farm loan

The Isle of Wight Council’s Executive meets next week (8 December) to vote on loaning £1.7m to a community energy project.
Dec 01, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 1 December 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Nov 29, 2015

APSE Energy - Members briefing 19/15 (November 2015)

This is the APSE Energy Briefing of 27 November.
Nov 29, 2015

CBI calls for global climate change deal

British business leaders have called for an “ambitious” international deal on climate change, ahead of the UN Paris summit, which starts tomorrow (30 November).
Nov 28, 2015

Council leader calls for action over Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

The leader of Swansea City Council has called on the Government to agree to deal to support the world’s first tidal lagoon project.
Nov 28, 2015

Glasgow City Council launches new energy switching service for business

Glasgow City Council has joined forces with the Wise Group and Citrus Energy to launch a commercial energy switching service - Glasgow People's Energy.
Nov 28, 2015

Clark to have final say over Lancashire fracking applications

The Communities Secretary, Greg Clark, will now have the final say over two controversial fracking applications in Lancashire.
Nov 27, 2015

Robin Hood Energy takes on competitors with Pay-As-You-Go tariff

Nottingham City Council’s energy supply company - Robin Hood Energy – has launched a new prepayment tariff.
Nov 27, 2015

Ireland could deploy 3.7GW of solar by 2030 claims report

A new report by KPMG for the Irish Solar Energy Association has predicted solar energy could generate around €2bn for the Republic’s economy.
Nov 27, 2015

Heating bills drop for council tenants

Council tenants using district heating schemes in Barnsley have seen their bills fall.
Nov 27, 2015

DONG Energy announces lifeboat partnership

The offshore wind firm DONG Energy is to help maintain the running costs of six RNLI stations across the UK.
Nov 26, 2015

Renewables sector responds to Spending Review

Renewable energy groups have welcomed the Government’s commitment to renewable heat, in the wake of the Spending Review.
Nov 26, 2015

North Sea oil and gas companies gloomy about the future

The confidence of North Sea oil and gas contractors is at an all-time low, according to a new report released today.
Nov 26, 2015

Sutton launches energy supply company

The London Borough of Sutton is launching its own energy supply company to provide low-carbon energy to thousands of homes and businesses.
Nov 25, 2015

Labour Councils make clean energy pledge

The leaders of more than 60 Labour Councils have signed a pledge to make their towns and cities "100% clean" by 2050.
Nov 25, 2015

Government axes Carbon Capture Competition

The Government has axed its £1bn ring-fenced Carbon Capture and Storage Competition.
Nov 25, 2015

Osborne confirms ECO replacement

George Osborne has announced a £250 nuclear research and development programme, as well as a replacement to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme in his 2015 Spending Review.
Nov 25, 2015

Community energy groups threaten legal action over tax relief cuts

Community Energy England (CEE) has served the Treasury a ‘Letter before Action’ over plans to end tax relief later this month.
Nov 24, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 24 November 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Nov 21, 2015

Council misses Government fracking deadline

North Yorkshire County Council has missed a Government deadline for a planning application for fracking.
Nov 21, 2015

Green Deal scheme too complex say town hall chiefs

The Green Deal was too complex and "didn’t quite speak to residents", according to the deputy chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA).
Nov 21, 2015

Public unaware of real cost of solar subsidies

A new YouGov poll commissioned by the Solar Trade Association has found subsidies for solar power are 22 times lower than people think.
Nov 21, 2015

Coventry tops energy efficiency league

Coventry City Council has come first in a new league table, measuring the energy efficiency of more than 100 local authorities.
Nov 20, 2015

Rudd promises more solar announcements to come

Amber Rudd has said the Government will be making an announcement next month about solar panels on council properties and other public buildings.
Nov 19, 2015

DCLG launches consultation on Community Infrastructure Levy

The Government has launched a consultation into the future of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
Nov 19, 2015

Ecotricity unveils new windmill design

The renewable energy company Ecotricity has launched a revolutionary new windmill design at the European Wind Energy Association conference in Paris.
Nov 19, 2015

Local authority-backed community share offer raises £125,000

An 11th hour community share offer backed by Exeter City Council has raised £125,000 as the tax relief deadline approaches.
Nov 19, 2015

ScottishPower Renewables signs deal with Lowestoft Port

ScottishPower Renewables has agreed a 30-year deal with the Port of Lowestoft for it to act as a base for its East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.
Nov 19, 2015

District heat operators to share efficiency data for new project

Seven district heat network operators are joining forces to share data on the performance of their systems, as part of a Government-funded project run by Guru Systems.
Nov 18, 2015

Council scoops award for solar panel car port

Exeter City Council has won a national award for its work installing UK's first solar panel car ports in two local car parks.
Nov 18, 2015

Rudd unveils new energy direction for Government

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd announced plans to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025, as part of the Government’s ‘energy reset’.
Nov 18, 2015

Scottish Government refuses consent for two wind farms

Minsters in Holyrood have refused consent for two new wind farms on the grounds they would both an ‘unacceptable impact’ on wild land.
Nov 18, 2015

Ecobuild launch hunt for the next big thing in sustainability

Ecobuild has launched a search for new sustainable products to be featured at next year’s event.
Nov 17, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 17 November 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Nov 16, 2015

Energy firms say devolution is good for business

Company bosses – including many in the renewables sector – have backed the Government’s devolution agenda, saying it would be good for business.
Nov 15, 2015

Think tank calls for a bonfire of the DECC quangos

The Policy Exchange has called on the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to scrap more than 30 quangos.
Nov 15, 2015

Dash for cash launched to beat tax relief deadline

The UK’s community energy sector has launched a two-week race to raise £18 million.
Nov 15, 2015

Stagecoach bus depots to light up with solar

The Stagecoach Group has announced plans to install solar panels at a number of its bus depots across the UK.
Nov 15, 2015

The largest ORC biomass unit in UK to be installed in Sheffield

Turboden is to supply a 6.5 MW power only unit for the largest ORC biomass power plant in Sheffield, which will be built by Kantor Energy.
Nov 13, 2015

Dorset group launches last minute share offer

A local group backed by Dorset County Council is offering investors the chance to help provide solar panels for school and community centres.
Nov 13, 2015

The heat is on for Herefordshire residents

Herefordshire Council has launched a new online map to help residents find out how energy efficient their home is.
Nov 13, 2015

Somerset village wins solar powered bus stop

The village of Churchill in North Somerset has won an online poll to keep a solar-powered bus stop.
Nov 12, 2015

Council’s offshore wind investment pays dividends

Up to 50 jobs are to be created at a new facility in Birkenhead, thanks to an investment in the offshore wind sector by Wirral Council.
Nov 12, 2015

Government urged to back solar after India trade deal

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has urged the UK Government to back its domestic solar industry after a series of trade deals with India.
Nov 12, 2015

Solar panels are the ‘most desirable’ technology for house buyers

A house with solar panels installed is worth on average £2,000 more than a home without them, according to a report by Barclays.
Nov 12, 2015

World Energy Council downgrades the UK

The UK has been downgraded in the World Energy Council’s annual Energy Trilemma Index from AAA to AAB.
Nov 11, 2015

Scotland set to miss renewables goal

A new report from Scottish Renewables has warned that Holyrood is set to miss its target of 100% renewable electricity by 2020 without further investment in onshore and offshore wind.
Nov 11, 2015

Torridge District Council installs solar array

Torridge District Council has installed 50 solar panels at its Riverbank House offices.
Nov 11, 2015

Government does not have the right policies to meet energy targets – Rudd

The Energy Secretary has admitted the Government does not have the right policies in place to meet some of its EU energy targets.
Nov 10, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 10 November 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Nov 08, 2015

London Borough looking to invest in renewable energy

Havering Council is looking to make a “significant investment” in renewable energy, as part of its latest budget plans.
Nov 08, 2015

Enbridge buys stake in UK offshore wind farm

The Canadian energy company Enbridge has bought a stake in the 400MW Rampion offshore wind project, which will be built off the Sussex coast.
Nov 08, 2015

Ewing demands action on energy security

The Scottish Energy Minister has written to Amber Rudd, calling for action over energy security issues.
Nov 08, 2015

Report predicts renewable energy to double by 2030

Renewable energy supply is set to double in eight major economies by 2030, according to a new report by World Resources Institute.
Nov 06, 2015

World’s largest floating offshore wind farm gets green light

The Scottish Government has granted a marine licence to the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm.
Nov 06, 2015

The sun shines on Dorset County Hall

Dorset County Council has installed solar panels on three roofs at County Hall.
Nov 06, 2015

Community energy group ditches solar farm plans

The REPOWERBalcombe group has dropped plans to build a 5 MW solar farm, blaming a decision to scrap tax relief for community energy projects.
Nov 05, 2015

Taunton Deane invests £1.5m in solar

Taunton Deane Borough Council has spent £1.5m installing solar panels on 350 council homes in a bid to save tenants £220 a year on electricity bills.
Nov 05, 2015

Green Party backs community energy

The Green Party has published a new report, showcasing community energy projects in England.
Nov 04, 2015

Cheshire East Council fits solar panels to buildings

Work has started to fit solar panels to the roof of Cheshire East Council’s Westfields offices.
Nov 04, 2015

Matilda’s Blanket to shield council homes from the cold

North Lanarkshire Council is to use a new insulation system called Matilda’s Blanket to warm up local authority properties.
Nov 04, 2015

District council’s wood energy plans start to warm up

Plans by East Hampshire District Council to create a series of wood burning energy centres have taken a step forward following a fact-finding trip to a wood chip supplier.
Nov 04, 2015

Atkins appoints offshore wind director

The international engineering firm Atkins has appointed Andy Thompson as its new delivery director for offshore wind.
Nov 03, 2015

APSE Energy - Members briefing 18/15 (October 2015)

This is the APSE Energy Members Briefing of 30 October 2015.
Nov 03, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 3 November 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Nov 01, 2015

REA welcomes new National Infrastructure Commission

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has welcomed the launch of the Government’s new National Infrastructure Commission.
Nov 01, 2015

Dong Energy reveal new wind farm plans

Dong Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, off the Cumbrian coast.
Nov 01, 2015

Zero waste development gets green light

Cherwell District Council has approved plans for one of the most sustainable housing developments in the country.
Oct 31, 2015

New figures show Scotland’s AD industry has mushroomed

Anaerobic digestion (AD) has grown in Scotland by more than two thirds in a year, according to new research.
Oct 31, 2015

Community energy sector “in shock” following tax relief decision

Community energy projects have been thrown into disarray following the news that tax relief will end for subsidised schemes, industry figures have told Public Sector Energy.
Oct 31, 2015

Ofgem introduces new grid connection rules

New rules have been introduced to increase competition in the electricity connections market.
Oct 29, 2015

Wave energy firm goes into administration

The Scottish wave energy firm Aquamarine Power has called in the administrators.
Oct 29, 2015

Bring out your dead pumpkins this Halloween - and recycle them!

Residents in East Cambridgeshire are being urged to use special pumpkin bins and save themselves from a recycling horror story.
Oct 29, 2015

Ferrybridge Energy-From-Waste plant gets green light

Ministers have granted planning consent for a 70MW Energy-From-Waste plant in West Yorkshire.
Oct 29, 2015

Boston Borough Council lands solar windfall

A solar panel system on top of a local sports centre has earned Boston Borough Council £6,800 in the 14 weeks since it was switched on.
Oct 28, 2015

Insulation industry issues jobs warning

Around 2,000 jobs have been lost following cuts to the Green Deal and ECO, the National Insulation Association (NIA) has claimed.
Oct 28, 2015

Western Isles community fund makes first awards

A community benefit fund paid has awarded a total of £28,000 to three projects.
Oct 27, 2015

Wyre Forest staff test drive electric cars

Two senior officers from Wyre Forest District Council have been testing the latest electric vehicles.
Oct 27, 2015

Local authority launches 11th hour solar scheme

Darlington Borough Council has launched a scheme to install solar panels on around 1,000 local authority homes before the end of the year.
Oct 27, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 27 October 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Oct 26, 2015

APSE Energy Response to FIT Consultation by DECC

This is the APSE Energy response to the DECC Consultation reference: URN 15D/435 – Consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariffs scheme
Oct 26, 2015

APSE Energy - Members briefing 17/15 (October 2015)

This is the APSE Energy members briefing of 12 October 2015.
Oct 24, 2015

DECC accused of showing no respect

The chair of a select committee has accused Ministers of trying to dodge Parliamentary scrutiny over a string of renewable energy announcements made during the summer recess.
Oct 24, 2015

Communities Secretary rejects wind farm appeal

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has overruled the recommendations of the Planning Inspector and dismissed an appeal to build two wind turbines at a farm in Staffordshire.
Oct 24, 2015

Welsh Science Park gets £10m EU boost

The Menai Science Park has been awarded £10m from the European Union to help build a state-of-the-art hub, which will focus predominantly on low carbon and renewable energy businesses.
Oct 24, 2015

County Council in subsidy plea

Gloucestershire County Council has called on the Government to protect public sector and community-led solar schemes from subsidy cuts.
Oct 24, 2015

Don’t let the sun go down on solar says London Assembly

The London Assembly’s Environment Committee has called on local authorities and the mayor to encourage more solar energy in the capital.
Oct 24, 2015

AD sector warns against subsidy cuts

The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association has warned that Government plans to cut support for new AD plants will be “disastrous for bill payers”.
Oct 22, 2015

County Council cuts carbon emissions by 30,000 tonnes

Hampshire County Council has cut carbon emissions by more than 22% since 2010, exceeding its original goal.
Oct 22, 2015

M&S announces first winners of new energy fund

A community solar project on the Isle of Lewis is one of recipients of a grant from the first round of the Marks and Spencer Community Energy Fund.
Oct 22, 2015

Council leaders welcome Hinkley Point deal news

Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council have welcomed the news that EDF Energy has reached a deal with its Chinese partner China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN) for a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point.
Oct 21, 2015

Plymouth’s biggest solar roof is now complete

Work on a community-owned solar roof on top of the Plymouth Life Centre is now complete.
Oct 21, 2015

Council pension funds join forces to back renewables

Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) and the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) have announced they are investing 60m in British renewable energy projects.
Oct 21, 2015

Sheffield exploring energy company options

Sheffield City Council has joined a long list of local authorities looking at setting up an energy company to provide a better deal for residents.
Oct 21, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 20 October 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Oct 19, 2015

Renewables are cutting the cost of energy claims report

Renewables are cutting the wholesale price of energy, according to a new report by Good Energy.
Oct 19, 2015

Yorkshire hydroelectric power plant starts generating

The largest low-head river hydro plant to be built in Yorkshire has started generating electricity using the flow of the River Don.
Oct 19, 2015

Navitus Bay developers confirm no appeal

The developers behind the failed Navitus Bay offshore wind farm have decided not to challenge the Government’s decision to refuse them planning permission.
Oct 18, 2015

Unions call on Government to back a low carbon economy

The Government must stop cutting renewable energy funding and back the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy, according to a new report by the TUC and Greenpeace.
Oct 18, 2015

World War Two bombs found near offshore wind farm

More than 40 bombs dating from Word War Two have been discovered on the export cable route for DONG Energy's Race Bank offshore wind farm, off the Norfolk coast.
Oct 17, 2015

Community energy groups lobby MPs over cuts

More than 30 community energy groups across the South West have today told their MPs that cuts to renewable energy subsidies will lead to job losses in their constituencies.
Oct 17, 2015

OVO Energy dumps coal

The energy company OVO Energy has announced it has dropped coal from its fuel mix and reduced its carbon footprint by 34%.
Oct 17, 2015

Strathclyde Pension Fund invests in wind energy

One of the largest local authority pension funds in the UK has invested in the second round of the Green Investment Bank’s (GIB) Offshore Wind Fund.
Oct 17, 2015

Think tank calls for new decarbonising heat strategy

Policy Connect has called on Ministers to urgently produce a long-term strategy for decarbonising heat for buildings in the UK.
Oct 16, 2015

Government under fire as third solar company enters administration

The administrators in charge of the third renewable energy company to go under in the last fortnight have blamed Feed-In-Tariff cuts for its demise.
Oct 15, 2015

Energy-From-Waste plant to be built on local authority land

Allerdale Borough Council has given the green light to plans to build a new Energy-From-Waste plant on its own land.
Oct 15, 2015

Council pension fund buys stake in Portuguese wind farms

The Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) has bought an equity stake in EDF Energies Nouvelles’ Portuguese wind farms.
Oct 15, 2015

Primrose Solar buys West Sussex solar farm

Plans for one of the UK’s first shared ownership framework solar farms have taken a step forward with the news that Primose Solar has bought half of Merston Solar Farm.
Oct 14, 2015

Public support for fracking continues to drop

Public support for the extraction and use of shale gas has dropped significantly over the last year, according to a survey by the University of Nottingham.
Oct 14, 2015

Exeter could be 100% powered by renewables

A Green MEP is to claim the city of Exeter can be powered completely by renewable energy this week.
Oct 13, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 13 October 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Oct 13, 2015

Shropshire Council to look at forming energy company

Shropshire Council has become the latest local authority to consider forming a partnership with an energy supply company.
Oct 13, 2015

Crawley presses ahead with solar plans

Crawley Borough Council is set to start on installing solar PV arrays on the local authority’s Crawley Homes properties.
Oct 11, 2015

District council bans fracking for five years

Ryedale District Council in Yorkshire has voted for a five-year moratorium on fracking.
Oct 10, 2015

Scotland sees record increase in renewable heat

The amount of heat generated by renewable sources in Scotland grew by more than a third (36%) last year.
Oct 10, 2015

County Council solar farm starts generating power

A 5MW solar farm owned by West Sussex County Council has started generating power for the National Grid.
Oct 10, 2015

New AD plant opens in South Wales

The Welsh Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant, has officially opened Biogen’s new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Bryn Pica, South Wales.
Oct 09, 2015

London councils bid for electric car funding

The London Councils group has joined forces with the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) and submitted a joint bid for £20 million in funding from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV).
Oct 09, 2015

Plymouth City Council shortlisted for Green Energy Awards

Plymouth City Council and its Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) offshoot are in the running for two Green Energy Awards.
Oct 08, 2015

Ipswich drops solar panel scheme

Ipswich Borough Council has abandoned plans to install solar panels on more than 2,000 council homes, blaming Government plans to cut subsidies.
Oct 08, 2015

Government pushes ahead with ending onshore wind subsidies

Ministers have confirmed they are closing the Renewables Obligation for onshore wind across Great Britain from 1 April 2016.
Oct 08, 2015

Association calls for energy policy overhaul as company collapses

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has called on the Government to rethink its entire approach to energy policy following the news that the Mark Group has gone into administration.
Oct 07, 2015

Solar Schools programme facing the axe

A nationwide campaign to install solar panels on schools could close next year if Government plans to cut subsidies go ahead.
Oct 07, 2015

Gateshead goes into the energy business

Gateshead Council is set to create its own energy company to operate the local authority’s new district energy scheme.
Oct 07, 2015

Scotland meets community energy target five years early

More than 500MW of electricity is now being generated by community energy projects, the Scottish Energy Minister has announced.
Oct 06, 2015

Scotland leads the UK in onshore wind

Nearly two thirds of all UK onshore wind projects are based in Scotland, according to new research by RenewableUK.
Oct 06, 2015

Work underway on Leeds solar programme

More than 150 tenants are now benefitting from free electricity, courtesy of solar panels installed by Leeds City Council.
Oct 05, 2015

“We will be tough on subsidies” promises Rudd

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has defended the Government’s track record on renewable energy.
Oct 05, 2015

Peterborough to speed up free solar panel scheme

Peterborough City Council is extending its free solar panel scheme to homes across the city in a bid to beat the proposed subsidy cuts.
Oct 05, 2015

Lucas welcomes Sussex solar farm news

Green MP Caroline Lucas has welcomed a decision by Mid Sussex District Council to grant planning permission for a community-owned solar farm.
Oct 04, 2015

Renewables Obligation in Northern Ireland set for early close

A two-week consultation on closing the Renewables Obligation for onshore wind in Northern Ireland a year earlier than planned has been launched in the province.
Oct 03, 2015

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon facing delays

Construction work on the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay has been pushed back a year, prompting fears about the project’s future.
Oct 03, 2015

Aberdeen submits plans for £120m energy-from-waste plant

Aberdeen City Council has submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for a new energy-from-waste (EfW) facility.
Oct 03, 2015

New £6m energy efficiency programme launched

Free or subsidised boilers are being offered to residents in Lancashire as part of a partnership between local councils and a number of energy industry companies.
Oct 03, 2015

Government to spend just £7m on solar claims STA

New figures from the Solar Trade Association (STA) claim the Government is set to spend just £7m on solar energy over the next three years.
Oct 01, 2015

The future’s bright - the future’s Passive House

Exeter City Council has unveiled six new brightly-coloured and energy efficient homes, which will house some of the city’s most vulnerable families.
Oct 01, 2015

New solar PV guidance published

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has published new guidance on designing, installing and maintaining grid-connected solar PV systems.
Oct 01, 2015

Minister officially opens offshore wind farm

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has officially opened E.ON's Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm.
Oct 01, 2015

Scottish community solar shares go on sale

Shares in a community energy project to install solar panels on up to 25 buildings owned by Edinburgh City Council have gone on sale.
Sep 30, 2015

Wales’ largest wind farm community fund needs board members

The Swedish energy company Vattenfall is looking to recruit board members to manage Wales’s largest community energy fund.
Sep 30, 2015

Renewable energy firm fined for nuisance calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a renewable energy company £200,000 for making more than six million automated calls offering “free” solar panels.
Sep 30, 2015

Local authority gets car club cash

Poole Borough Council has been awarded £39,000 by the Carplus organisation to help launch a car club in the town.
Sep 29, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 29 September 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Sep 29, 2015

Shadow Energy Secretary to work with councils on clean energy

Labour’s newly appointed Shadow Energy Secretary will pledge to work with council leaders today and help create a “clean energy boom”.
Sep 27, 2015

Renewable groups unite to fight subsidy cuts

The Solar Trade Association and RenewableUK have launched a joint campaign to fight subsidy cuts for small-scale renewables, including wind turbines and solar panels.
Sep 26, 2015

Plymouth approves community-owned solar array

Plymouth City Council has granted planning permission for a community-owned solar array, which could generate enough power for 1,000 homes.
Sep 26, 2015

Energy company abandons carbon capture project

The energy firm Drax has announced it is withdrawing from the White Rose CCS carbon capture project.
Sep 26, 2015

Campaigners call on council pension schemes to divest from fossil fuels

Local authority pension schemes have come under the spotlight, as new data claims they have invested a total £14 billion in fossil fuels.
Sep 26, 2015

Renewables overtake coal in UK energy mix

Renewable energy sources outperformed both coal and nuclear for the first time during the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest government figures.
Sep 25, 2015

West Sussex to get more rapid charging points for electric cars

Four public rapid charging points are being installed in West Sussex, which can charge an electric car to within 80% of full power inside 30 minutes.
Sep 25, 2015

Southampton households set to warm up with new energy efficiency partnership

British Gas and Southampton City Council have joined forces to transform 1,500 homes across the city.
Sep 24, 2015

Experts call for more joined up policies to support biomass

The UK’s biomass industry is being held back by a lack of joined up agricultural and energy policies, a new report has warned.
Sep 24, 2015

RSPB welcomes council’s wind farm refusal

RSPB Scotland has welcomed a decision by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s planning committee to reject proposals for a wind farm in Spango.
Sep 23, 2015

Think tank calls for Green Deal replacement

“Help to Improve” loans or stamp duty discounts could replace the Government’s Green Deal energy efficiency scheme, according to think tank ResPublica.
Sep 23, 2015

Scottish Government to retain “grandfathering” for solar PV projects

The Scottish Energy Minister has confirmed Holyrood will retain the “grandfathering” guarantee for solar energy.
Sep 23, 2015

Sainsbury’s starts search for town to tackle food waste

The supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced it is going to invest £1m in one UK town as part of a pilot scheme to reduce household rubbish.
Sep 22, 2015

APSE Energy - Members briefing 16/15 (September 2015)

This is the APSE Energy Briefing of 18 September 2015.
Sep 21, 2015

The Medium Term Strategy for Solar PV Development

In this paper for APSE Energy, Stephen Cirell considers a way for local authorities to avoid the cuts to financial incentives and to build solar farms without Government subsidy.
Sep 20, 2015

Osborne pledges £2bn for nuclear power

George Osborne has announced £2bn in support for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.
Sep 20, 2015

Cutting solar subsidies will hit cost the Treasury millions claim REA

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned that Government plans to cut Feed-In-Tariff subsidies could cost the Treasury £94m in lost tax revenue.
Sep 19, 2015

“Split ownership” solar farm to be built in Swindon

Swindon Borough Council’s energy company has announced it is building the first split ownership solar farm in the country.
Sep 19, 2015

New water source heat pump fund launched in Scotland

The Scottish Government has unveiled a £2.3m fund to encourage the development of large-scale water source heat pump schemes in Scotland.
Sep 19, 2015

Forest Heath District Council abandons £14m solar farm plans

Forest Heath District Council has decided not to invest £14.4 million in a solar farm after due diligence checks highlighted several risks.
Sep 19, 2015

MPs to investigate investor confidence in the renewables sector

The House of Commons’ Energy and Climate Change Committee has launched an inquiry into whether increased uncertainty around energy policy is undermining investor confidence.
Sep 19, 2015

The sun rises on West Lancashire Borough Council’s solar plans

West Lancashire Borough Council has given the go ahead to plans to install solar panels on around 1,000 local authority homes.
Sep 18, 2015

Wave energy project secures €800,000 grant

Aquamarine Power and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) have secured European funding to help develop their Oyster wave energy converter.
Sep 18, 2015

Leeds City Council to look at creating energy services company

Leeds City Council has become the latest local authority to announce plans to go into the energy business.
Sep 17, 2015

RenewableUK Chief Executive to step down

The Chief Executive of trade group RenewableUK, Maria McCaffery, has announced she will be stepping down next year.
Sep 17, 2015

Green light for Scottish energy-from-waste facility

Midlothian Council has granted planning permission for a waste recycling and combined heat and power plant.
Sep 16, 2015

UK slips out of renewables “Top 10” for the first time

The UK has dropped out of the top 10 most attractive countries for renewable energy investment, according to a new report.
Sep 16, 2015

Work begins on Sussex offshore wind farm

Preliminary work has begun on the 400MW Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which will be built 13km off the Sussex coast.
Sep 15, 2015

Birmingham set to end Green Deal joint venture

Birmingham City Council are set to meet to 22 September to discuss plans to pull the plug on the Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) Green Deal Project.
Sep 15, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 15 September 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Sep 14, 2015

Corbyn announces new Shadow Energy and Shadow Community secretaries

The newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his new Shadow Cabinet.
Sep 14, 2015

APSE Energy - Members briefing 15/15 (September 2015)

This is the APSE Energy Members Briefing for 7 September 2015.
Sep 14, 2015

With Green Deal Gone…What’s Next?

With the Government's recent announcements on Green Deal, Alex Krzesinski of YES Energy Solutions Ltd, a community interest company, offers some views on what might come next.
Sep 13, 2015

New factory-built energy efficient house launched

A new factory-built home with an integrated photovoltaic roof has been unveiled at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford.
Sep 13, 2015

Councils invited to bid for “Green bus” cash

The Government is inviting local authorities across England to bid for a share of £5 million funding to fit buses with green technology.
Sep 12, 2015

Welsh Council drops solar panel scheme

Carmarthenshire County Council has abandoned plans to install solar panels on council homes as subsidy cuts loom.
Sep 12, 2015

Work starts on West Sussex solar farm

Work has now commenced on a new local authority-backed 4.85MWp Solar Farm in West Sussex.
Sep 12, 2015

York City Council to test new fuel additive

York City Council has joined forces with Unipart Rail to become the first local authority in the UK to trial a new fuel additive.
Sep 12, 2015

Lords to investigate energy co-operation in Europe

The House of Lords EU Committee on Energy and Environment has launched a new inquiry into energy governance between the EU and member states.
Sep 12, 2015

Navitus Bay wind farm plans rejected by Government

The Government has thrown out plans for a controversial wind farm off the coast of Dorset and Hampshire.
Sep 11, 2015

Electric car charging points arrive in Cheltenham

Cheltenham Borough Council has installed electric vehicle charging points in each of its multi-storey car parks.
Sep 11, 2015

Tate Modern gets a solar upgrade

The iconic Tate Modern building in London is getting a new solar PV system this month, courtesy of Solarcentury.
Sep 10, 2015

Welsh wind farm plans rejected by Whitehall

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has rejected plans for four onshore wind farms in Mid-Wales.
Sep 10, 2015

DECC ends Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) pre-accreditation

The Government has announced it will be removing pre-accreditation for all new participants in the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme from 1 October.
Sep 09, 2015

Academics study whether fracking causes earthquakes

Experts from Newcastle University have been looking at earthquakes caused by human activity in the UK, ahead of any future planning decisions around fracking.
Sep 09, 2015

APSE calls on councils to switch on to municipal energy

Local authorities that invest in renewable and municipal energy schemes could reap substantial rewards, according to a report by APSE.
Sep 08, 2015

Public Sector Energy Editorial 7 September 2015

An analysis of the local authority energy market and the latest developments around the UK.
Sep 08, 2015

Robin Hood Energy takes aim at the "Big Six"

Nottingham City Council has launched a local authority-owned not-for-profit energy supply company – Robin Hood Energy.
Sep 07, 2015

APSE Energy - Members briefing 14/15 (August 2015)

This is the APSE Energy members briefing from 13 August 2015.
Sep 07, 2015

Procurement - Changing the scores on the doors

In this article by Walker Morris LLP, Richard Auton and Daniel Newbound comment that the High Court has clarified the circumstances in which a losing bidder can challenge a procurement for scoring errors. In this insight they look at a recent case and…
Sep 07, 2015

Time to consider crowdfunding?

In this article by Walker Morris LLP, Richard Nalsh and Andrew Northage comment that UK equity crowdfunding raised £84m in 2014 and the number of UK crowdfunding platforms is growing steadily, with the trend likely to continue. As such, is it time for issuers…
Sep 07, 2015

RHI Degressions from DECC

In DECC's recent email to stakeholders, it outlined the degressions in the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Sep 07, 2015

RegenSW - Renewables and Bills: The Facts

In this email to members, RegenSW gives the facts about energy costs, in the light of Government claims that changes to FITs and ROCs are prompted by rising costs.
Sep 06, 2015

Cornwall Council wins Community Energy Award

Cornwall Council has scooped the Local Authority Partner Award at the second annual Community Energy Awards.
Sep 05, 2015

Solar subsidy cuts are a “coups d'état not a revolution” claim industry boss

The chairman of the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) has published details of a meeting between himself and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd about plans to cut the Feed-In-Tariff rates.
Sep 05, 2015

Nuclear Energy is a “bad investment” claim Greens

The Green Party has criticised the Government’s track record on renewable energy, following reports that Hinkley Point C nuclear power station will not be completed in time.
Sep 05, 2015

Twenty projects get central heating cash

The Government has awarded a total of £25 million to 20 local projects across England, following its Central Heating Fund competition.
Sep 05, 2015

Leeds solar panel programme powers up

Work has begun on a Leeds City Council project to install 1,000 solar panel systems are installed on local authority homes.
Sep 05, 2015

Veolia drops Energy-From-Waste plant plans

The waste management company Veolia has dropped plans to build an Energy-From-Waste plant in Hertfordshire, after the Government rejected the plans for the second time.
Sep 05, 2015

More than 2,500 residents sign up to local authority energy company

Cheshire East Council has revealed more than 2,500 customers have signed up to its new energy company, Fairerpower.
Sep 03, 2015

Welsh council wins solar farm legal battle

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council has been awarded £5,500 in costs by the High Court over a decision to approve planning permission for a solar farm.
Sep 03, 2015

Borough Council approves wind farm extension

Rossendale Borough Council has approved plans to add a further 14 wind turbines to the Scout Moor Wind Farm.
Sep 03, 2015

Coal-fired power plant to close in 2016

The owners of the Eggborough 2,000 MW coal-fired power station have announced it is to set to close next year.
Sep 02, 2015

Peterborough extends energy efficiency programme

Peterborough City Council has extended its Heataborough energy efficiency scheme to all residents.
Sep 02, 2015

Bristol Energy appoints first Managing Director

Bristol City Council’s new energy company, Bristol Energy, has appointed Peter Haigh, as its Managing Director.
Sep 01, 2015

Government should step up energy efficiency work says IPPR

The IPPR has called on the Government to invest in energy saving home improvements, as part of its recommendations for the forthcoming Spending Review.
Sep 01, 2015

Entu to close solar energy division

The home improvement company Entu has announced it is closing its solar division because the UK market has become “increasingly difficult”.
Sep 01, 2015

Let onshore wind continue says Policy Exchange

The think tank Policy Exchange has called on the Government to let onshore wind projects continue, as costs are set to fall dramatically.
Aug 31, 2015

Council to celebrate Community Energy Fortnight

Cheshire West and Chester Council are holding two events this month so that residents can get involved in Community Energy Fortnight.
Aug 27, 2015

DECC set to slash Feed In Tariff rates for solar

Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) rates for solar systems could be cut by more than 80% under a new Government consultation, which has been launched today (27 August).
Aug 27, 2015

Barnsley launches new community solar scheme

A new solar panel installation scheme – Energise Barnsley – is being launched today (27 August).
Aug 27, 2015

Council unveils UK’s first public solar cloth carport

Nottingham City Council has installed the first local authority solar cloth carport in the country.
Aug 26, 2015

Flint urges Government to come clean on DECC’s future

Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint has called on Ministers to admit whether or not they have plans to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Aug 25, 2015

British AD industry breaks the 500MW barrier

The anaerobic digestion industry in the UK is now generating more than 510 megawatts of electricity across more than 400 sites, according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).
Aug 25, 2015

Micro-hydropower could save the water industry millions claim academics

New research from Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin has claimed micro-hydropower could save the water industry in Wales £1m a year.
Aug 24, 2015

Alliance calls on Cameron to back renewables ahead of FIT review

A group of 100 organisations has written to the Prime Minister to express its support for small-scale renewable electricity, ahead of an expected review of the Feed-in Tariff.
Aug 24, 2015

Calls to fulfil renewable energy promises for the Scottish Islands

The Scottish Energy Minister has called on the UK Government to keep its commitment to deploy renewable energy on the Scottish Islands.
Aug 22, 2015

Norfolk residents offered chance to find out more about solar

Residents across Norfolk are being offered the chance to learn more about a ground-breaking solar panel scheme at a series of free events over the coming weeks.
Aug 22, 2015

Aberdeen City Council hosts Energy from Waste conference

Recycling experts gathered in Aberdeen yesterday (21 August) for a conference on the benefits of generating energy from waste.
Aug 22, 2015

Hundreds sign up to Green City course

Almost 700 people have signed up for UWE Bristol's free online course on green cities, according to the academic institution.
Aug 21, 2015

Feed-In-Tariff changes could put local authority projects at risk claim REA

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned Government plans to remove the preliminary accreditation from the Feed-in Tariff will put many renewable energy projects at risk.
Aug 21, 2015

New carbon capture and storage database launched

The Crown Estate launched a national database of potential sites for carbon storage around the UK.
Aug 21, 2015

Community energy project gain Climate Bond Initiative standard

Three solar bond offers from the Big60Million initiative have been awarded certification under the global Climate Bond Initiative (CBI) standard.
Aug 20, 2015

Scottish local authority saves almost £180,000 through energy efficiency

Angus Council has announced it was saved almost £180,000 on energy supplies for council buildings and street lighting.
Aug 20, 2015

North Yorkshire launches consultation on fracking application

North Yorkshire County Council has launched an eight-week public consultation on an application by Third Energy to test for shale gas.
Aug 19, 2015

Schools in Sussex’s ‘fracking village’ go solar

Two schools in the West Sussex village of Balcombe are getting solar PV panels as part of a community energy project.
Aug 19, 2015

Scotland’s “love affair” with renewable energy revealed

New figures have revealed the growing strength of renewable energy on the day a UK Government consultation into subsidy cuts closes.
Aug 19, 2015

Dundee residents set to benefit from more energy efficiency work

Almost 1,000 council homes in Dundee look set to share in £5m of energy efficiency work under the city council’s external wall insulation programme.
Aug 18, 2015

Port of Barry solar farm is officially opened

A 4.5MWp solar farm at the Port of Barry has been officially opened by Vale of Glamorgan politicians Alun Cairns MP and Jane Hutt AM.
Aug 18, 2015

More land to be opened up for fracking

More than 25 blocks of land across England – totalling 2,700 km2 - are being offered to oil and gas companies.
Aug 15, 2015

New fund launched to boost electric cars in Scotland

The Energy Saving Trust has launched a £2.5 million fund to provide interest-free loans for Scottish motorists who want to buy an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.
Aug 15, 2015

Chinese currency devaluation is good news for solar say REA

The recent devaluation of the Chinese currency could mean cheaper solar panels, according to the Renewable Energy Association.
Aug 15, 2015

Welsh Government still opposed to fracking, minister tells councils

The Welsh Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant, has written to local authorities in Wales to remind them of his government’s moratorium on fracking.
Aug 15, 2015

Northern Ireland housing association to invest £1m in solar

The Fold Housing Association in Northern Ireland is investing more than £1m in solar PV panels to help combat fuel poverty.
Aug 13, 2015

Doncaster to extend solar PV programme

Doncaster Council has given the green light to a second phase of its programme for solar PV installations on local authority-owned homes.
Aug 13, 2015

Councils told to fast track fracking

Ministers today told councils to fast-track applications for shale gas exploration or face losing the right to make future decisions.
Aug 12, 2015

Community wind project gets green light

The board of a community wind project in Scotland has announced they will go ahead with the scheme, despite UK Government subsidy cuts.
Aug 12, 2015

New guidance published to help protect marine life around renewable energy projects

Researchers from the University of St Andrews have published new guidance to help protect dolphins and seals from new wave and tidal energy developments.
Aug 12, 2015

Community energy projects likely to stall warn ministers

The Scottish and Welsh Governments have warned plans by Whitehall to cut renewable energy subsidies could disrupt community energy projects.
Aug 11, 2015

Public Power Solutions invites procurement tenders for two solar farms

The council-owned company Public Power Solutions is running a mini-tendering process for two 8MW solar farms near Swindon.
Aug 07, 2015

“Jez we can” put councils in the driving seat on energy says Corbyn

Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn has set out his vision for the environment, which includes local authorities helping to shape future energy policies.
Aug 07, 2015

Solar rooftop is the most attractive investment option in property survey

A 50kW solar panel rooftop installation is the most “attractive” investment, according to a new report by property consultants Carter Jonas.
Aug 07, 2015

Navitus Bay developers hand back part of seabed to Crown Estate

The developers behind the proposed Navitus Bay offshore wind farm off the South Coast of England have returned more than 500km of unused seabed back.
Aug 07, 2015

Minister launches rapid chargepoint network in Cornwall

Transport minister Andrew Jones has visited the Eden Project in Cornwall to open the first rapid plug in car chargepoint at the site.
Aug 07, 2015

Bristol approves second phase of energy efficiency scheme

Bristol City Council has approved the next phase of its Warmer Homes programme, which will deliver improvements to 1,715 council flats across the city.
Aug 07, 2015

Council rejects open cast coal mine plans

Caerphilly County Council has thrown out controversial plans to build an opencast coal mine at Nant Llesg.
Aug 07, 2015

Government approves Dogger Bank offshore wind farm

The Government has given planning approval for one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world at Dogger Bank in the North Sea.
Aug 05, 2015

Foresight Solar Fund and Big60Million buy three solar farms

The community energy company Big60Million and the Foresight Solar Fund have joined forces to buy three operation solar farms totalling 34 MWp.
Aug 05, 2015

Wave energy project gets £2m funding

A project to create a standardised offshore electricity generator for the wave industry has been awarded £2 million by Wave Energy Scotland.
Aug 05, 2015

Southend-on-Sea secures Green Investment Bank deal

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has become the first local authority in England to secure funding from the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to replace streetlighting.
Aug 05, 2015

Portsmouth set to earn £100k a year through solar

Portsmouth City Council's solar PV portfolio is set to earn the local authority more than £100,000 a year, according to the latest official figures.
Aug 05, 2015

Nottinghamshire receives boreholes planning application

Nottinghamshire County Council has received an application from Island Gas Limited (IGas) seeking planning permission to install monitoring boreholes.
Aug 01, 2015

North Yorkshire validates fracking application

North Yorkshire County Council has validated a planning application to hydraulically fracture a site by Third Energy.
Aug 01, 2015

Bristol City Council’s offices switch on to solar

The Mayor of Bristol has officially marked the completion of a solar PV installation on the roof of the Council’s central offices.