Renewables

Sustaining the Energy Sector in an Independent Scotland

Peter Rolton | Posted 14.07.2014 | 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.

Rethinking the Energy in our Economy

Juliet Davenport | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK
Juliet Davenport

Renewable technologies represent one of the few ready and easily deployable solutions to the energy challenges we face. But as those challenges increase in years to come, what would happen if we didn't turn to that technology to meet them? What would the wider impacts be if we failed to replace the finite fossil energy sources which sustain our very way of life?

Questions That Should Be Keeping Ed Davey Awake at Night

Tony Bosworth | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Bosworth

Mr Davey says he hopes to give the green light to fracking: but, as he lies awake in the early hours, imagine what questions will be racing through his mind?

PM To Push For Arab Investment In Nuclear Energy, Renewables And Oil

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron will push for massive new Middle Eastern investment in Britain's energy production on Tuesday - including cash for windfarms, nuclear en...

What Should a World of Nine Billion People Look Like?

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK
Stephan B. Tanda

This week we celebrate World Food Day. This is an opportune moment to address the question - what should a world of 9 billion people look like? This is the single most important question that we face today.

Can Gas Ever Be Green?

Karan Chadda | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Politics
Karan Chadda

The harsh reality is that, even when you factor in the environmental risks, fracking could be the best short-term solution for the UK's energy needs.

Good Environmental News

Christina Robert | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK
Christina Robert

The only reason Shell and the others can even think about drilling up there is of course because the sea ice has melted. As we know the ice has melted because we are burning too much oil.

Green Investment Bank Must Engage With Existing Eco-Investors

Charlie Thomas | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK

The government's Green Investment Bank must now engage with existing environmentally ethical investors to truly understand the limitations facing the ...

Let's End the Confusion: Green Deal Deployments Will Rise

Brian Smithers | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK Politics
Brian Smithers

There has been a lot of confusion around the Green Deal and what it means for consumers, businesses and the energy industry.

Why Saving the Planet Could Save the Economy

Tony Juniper | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Juniper

Yesterday's GDP figures reveal that we're back in recession. It's clear that urgent action is required to prevent our economy from slipping back even further - but this news comes on the back of a lack of leadership by the government on one of the few sectors of our economy that is actually expanding.

Wind Energy Industry Commits to Charter for UK's Prosperity

Maria McCaffery | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK
Maria McCaffery

This week as the UK basked in the first rays of spring, the economy appeared to be looking towards sunnier times. Forecasts from the British Chambers of Commerce show just enough growth in the last quarter for the UK to avoid falling into a second recession.

Solar Power in the Desert: Harnessing the African Sun Can Solve the World's Energy Problem

Intelligence Squared | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

The way many people think about the future of our civilisation reminds me of the joke in which somebody jumps from a skyscraper and, while passing the 10th floor, concludes that "up to now everything has gone fine...".

Scotland And England Need Each Other To Tackle Climate Change

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2012 | UK Politics

England would struggle to hit its renewable energy targets if Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom, the new Energy Secretary has said. Ed Dav...

Eurofighter, India and the UK

Kaye Stearman | Posted 07.04.2012 | UK Politics
Kaye Stearman

The procurement choices of the Indian air force rarely make the UK news. Not so the announcement of 31 January that the Indian government had selected the Rafale jet fighter in preference to the Eurofighter Typhoon. The decision was reported widely, often emotionally, in UK print and broadcast media.

By Resurrecting the 'British Promise' Ed Miliband can Banish New Labour for Good

Eoin Barry Clarke | Posted 12.11.2011 | UK Politics
Eoin Barry Clarke

Ed Miliband has put great stock in renewing what he calls 'The British Promise'. Essentially, it is the idea that each generation should enjoy a higher standard of living than the generation who went before.

Green Energy Jobs 'Staggeringly Far-Fetched', Says Renewables Boss

PA | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK Politics

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Policies to encourage the development of renewable energy risk destroying tens of thousands of jobs in the UK, a green group has ...