Renewables

We're Witnessing an Energy Revolution, Not Transition, Stupid

Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Tech
Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor

We are witnessing an energy revolution. The question is, how far can this revolution go towards changing the face of the energy industry and as a result, the social and economic complexion of the world around us?

Obama on Climate: Yes He Bloody Well Did!

Barry Gardiner | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Obama came into the White House to the mantra of "Yes we can" and this weekend as he announced his final budget we can happily conclude that as far as climate change is concerned: "Yes he bloody well did!"

Climate Change: Fracking for Natural Gas Is Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

So if natural gas is the wrong fuel to use to halt climate change, why on earth does this government want to frack Britain to extract it? Why is this government so fixated with the extractive industries? Why not strongly support the truly safe, sustainable, jobs-rich renewable energy industries?

Labour's New Economics Means a Strategic Approach for the Renewables Industry

John McDonnell | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Politics
John McDonnell

Successful economies today have governments prepared to take a strategic approach to how development takes place. The old idea that simply exposing new industries to the full blast of competition will promote their development is increasingly discredited... But the Tories are stuck in the past, and ducking the challenge. In November, the UK became the only G7 country to increase fossil fuel subsidies. We are paying out £6billion a year, almost twice the financial support we provide renewable energy providers - which we are now continuing to cut. After the deal struck in Paris over the weekend, the shift to a low-carbon economy is inevitable. The government should be supporting this transition, not hampering it.

Paris Climate Talks: Generations Will Judge Us on the Road We Now Choose

Barry Gardiner | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

The road to the Paris climate talks has been paved across decades. And as leaders convene in the capital today, they'd do well to look to those campaigners - past and present - whose resolve, courage and vision has roused the world to reach this moment.

Chinese Nuclear Finance Deal: What Cameron Might Say to President Xi Jinping

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

I'm delighted to have discovered a leaked 'damage limitation' briefing, sent to David Cameron from advisers, ahead of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. The paper gives some useful advice on what Mr Cameron should say to 'extract' himself from a damaging and embarrassing deal involving Chinese finance for nuclear new build...

Nuclear Electricity Generation Belongs to the Past Not the Future

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

So the British government's response to climate change is to go nuclear. The Hinkley Point nuclear power station is to be built jointly by Chinese com...

An Attack on Renewables Is an Attack on the Young

Piers Telemacque | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

Imagine if the government took the money it spends on war and fossil fuels and spent it on developing a vibrant renewable energy industry instead. At the moment they're doing the reverse. They're backing the interests of big oil and gas over the interests of young people.

We Need a Global Apollo Programme to Tackle Climate Change

Richard Layard | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK
Richard Layard

Blindingly simple logic dictates the goal of this programme. Once carbon-free energy costs less to produce than energy from fossil fuels, the fossil fuels will just stay in the ground. So the target for the GAP is to reduce the cost of clean energy and to do it fast. Within 10 years base-load electricity from wind or sun is to become less costly than from coal throughout the world.

Tackling Climate Change Does More Than Tackle Climate Change

Joe Ware | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Joe Ware

One of the rocks that climate change sceptics like to throw at those advocating action to tackle climate change is that it's all very well for the rich developed world to reduce its carbon footprint but it's immoral to ask the world's poor to give up cheap energy such as coal. Yes, climate change may be happening, they say, but it's unfair to pull up the fossil fuel ladder from developing countries.

Hydro-electric Power - Why a Coalition Government Could Make the UK Greener

Simon Thomas | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

The numbers speak for themselves. Hydro-electric power is currently the only renewable energy capable of replacing fossil fuels and it's about time we had a party in government that's going to get serious about cutting the UK's carbon footprint.

An Independent Scotland Would Be a Setback for Tackling Climate Change

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

Scotland has been cited as the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy, to harvest that potential to the full, Scotland will need to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Furthermore whether independent or not, the Scottish economy must transition itself further away from fossil fuels rather than developing closer bonds with a dirty energy system. I urge the Scots to vote no to Independence on Thursday.

Conservatives Shouldn't Abandon the Green Agenda

Carl Thomson | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Carl Thomson

In the face of the UKIP threat, Tory modernisation needs to be deepened, not retrenched. Support for the environment and renewable energy is popular and good politics, as well as being in our national interest.

We Must Control Emissions to Make Sure Gas Really Is Cleaner

Jane Burston | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Jane Burston

The majority of the UK public would support fracking if it is part of an energy mix that includes renewables, reports BBC news today.

Smart Grids: A Cleaner Planet, a Smarter Planet

Peter Rolton | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

Last week, Rolton Group proudly hosted the launch of the latest CTF report, which explores the vital role of a smart grid in the UK. I was invited by Dan Byles MP to open the event, and in my introductory speech I explained why the advent of the smart grid is of such importance for businesses and consumers alike:

Sustaining the Energy Sector in an Independent Scotland

Peter Rolton | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

The 18th September is now just over two months away, and as the two camps make their final push in persuading Scottish nationals either to stay put in the UK or run from it as quickly as humanly possible, it seems worth taking stock of what the clean energy landscape may look like in a post-referendum, independent Scotland.

The Conservatives Should Change Their Tune on Onshore Wind Farms

Maria McCaffery | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Maria McCaffery

An irony of the Tories tying themselves in knots here is that this doesn't chime with what the voters say. Poll after poll shows a clear majority in favour of onshore wind. And the same result happens if you ask people if they would be happy to have turbines built near to them.

More Market, Less Border Will Jolt the Energy Sector

Riccardo Puliti | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Riccardo Puliti

The lesson of this revolution is one that we have seen repeated time and again: market economies need good regulation and, with this in place, they generate benefits, efficiencies and opportunities, many of which are often unforeseen.

With or Without Fracking, Decarbonisation Remains the Best Bet for Britain

Nick Molho | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Molho

This week's announcements on fracking, including David Cameron's pledge to "go all out on shale gas", triggered yet another shale gas frenzy in the UK media. Yet, despite all the hype and the announcement of better benefits for communities hosting shale gas projects, nothing has fundamentally changed when it comes to the likely impacts of shale gas on the UK's energy market.

Open Letter to First Minister, Carwyn Jones - Why Wales Should Say No to Fracking Bribe

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Dear Carwyn, I understand that the Welsh Government is under great pressure to declare its hand on fracking, and therefore I am writing to you to explain why accepting David Cameron's thirty pieces of silver would be the wrong decision.

Time for EBRD to Retire Old King Coal Definitely

Samantha J Smith | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

In the last few months institutions that specialise in development finance like the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the French Development Bank as well as the Export - Import bank of the United States have been lining up to announce an end to investments in coal.

Mehdi Hasan

Lib Dem Party President Blasts Coalition's Nuclear Plant Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics

The Lib Dem party president Tim Farron has said he "seriously questions" the decision to build Britain's first new nuclear power plant in a generation...

Wind Energy: Chalk It Up as a Loss

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

We have read how turbines impact human health and after years of mockery from pro-wind groups, we now have the first peer-reviewed, science-based report confirming that turbines do have harmful impacts on humans...

Don't Let Wavering Ambitions Become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy for the UK's Wind Industry

Maria McCaffery | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK
Maria McCaffery

The abundance of wind in and around the UK can deliver billions of pounds of investment, new technology and new jobs. By havering here the Government risks undermining much-needed investor confidence; and lower projections could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Wind Energy Wins Votes

Maria McCaffery | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Maria McCaffery

In the numbers game, wind energy is continuing to ride high, despite what certain politicians have been saying in the recent local election campaign. At the end of April, the Department of Energy and Climate Change released the latest wave of its polling on public attitudes towards renewable energy.