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‘Renewables acting like baseload’:  Octopus joins Essex-based £16 Bn pipeline to Morocco

Green mega-investor Octopus is teaming up with Billericay-based energy entrepreneurs seeking to pump renewable electricity from southern Morocco to Britain. Essex start-up Xlinks announced in...

Paying the Bill: Energy figures react to Queen’s Speech

Reaction among energy players and commentators continued today to the Queen’s Speech proposals for energy, including on the sector’s contribution to Britain’s ever-tightening cost...

Strategic Innovation Fund: Ofgem calls competitors to starting blocks

Ofgem and Innovate UK have announced preferred topics for the second round of funding under the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). Applications will be accepted...

Ofgem sets up independent group to advise on Capacity Market

Regulator Ofgem has announced the setting up of an independent advisory group on Britain’s Capacity Market. The CM is the marketplace which establishes values payable...

Grand gesture needed: SP boss seeks Johnson action to solve “truly horrific” crisis

Government intervention to cut £1,000 off Britain’s soon-to-rocket home fuel bills is needed, the CEO of Scottish Power urged today. Keith Anderson toured broadcast studios...

Ofgem frees up £27 million to charities fighting fuel poverty

Energy regulator Ofgem is offering £27 million to fuel poverty campaigners & energy co-operatives in a bid to assist vulnerable homes caught in the...

Dawidosky completes management revolution at turbine makers Siemens Gamesa

Turbine-maker-in-a-spin Siemens Gamesa has appointed Tim Dawidowsky as its new chief operating officer. The Hispano-German combine last month hired new CEO Jochen Eickholt in a...

Twenty million, and rising: Britain’s smart meters tick over into their third “ten-to-the-power-of-7” (*)

The Data Communications Company was this morning celebrating the 20 millionth smart meter to be connected to the UK’s secure national network. An unspecified account...

WPD fined £14.9 million for neglecting protection of vulnerable customers

Britain’s biggest regional net operator Western Power Distribution has been fined £14.9 million for neglecting its duties in protecting vulnerable customers on its Priority...

When are intensive energy users not intensive energy users? When Whitehall decides they’re not

Leaders of Britain’s big industrial consumers of power and gas today gave two cheers to the government’s moves to protect them from rocketing energy...

BP’s Q1 profits 50% up, despite £16 billion Rosneft hit

Fossil fuel supermajor BP has posted underlying Q1 profits of nearly £5 billion, up 50% year on year, despite taking a £16 billion loss...

Fuel poverty becoming “a national health emergency”, NEA chief warns energy campaigners

Britain’s shame as table-topper of Europe’s worst insulated homes is already causing a health emergency of mental health stress and respiratory diseases, London campaigners...

Hurried market reform risks spooked investors and dearer power, Cornwall Insight warns

Too hasty reform of Britain’s £ multi-billion electricity market could deter investors, leading to higher bills, energy analysts Cornwall Insight have advised. Whitehall is committed...

Earth Day survey: Brits lag on boiler swapping, lukewarm on green carry-through

British consumers are second only to the Japanese in our aversion to stripping out old carbon-emitting boilers and heating systems. Only 28% of us are...

SSE pays £481 million to tilt at Siemens Gamesa’s sunny windmills

British generator SSE Renewables is set to venture into the Mediterranean wind and solar business, after its purchase today of the southern European assets...

“Horrific” October price surge will threaten mental health, Martin Lewis’s charity tells suppliers

Money-saving expert Martin Lewis' charity linking depression and debt today urges energy retailers to step up support for vulnerable customers during Britain’s long energy...

Capping onshore wind farms at 20 GW “could add £125 to home bills”; ECIU

Leading academic analysts have speculated that failure by the Johnson administration to free up onshore wind parks could add as much as £125 to...

Octopus seeks Suomi wind and solar amid Northern lights

Fast-growing green power investor Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT) is deepening its commitment to Finland. Founded in 2010, the trust boasts generation assets across Europe...

Energy security: D-BEIS itemises cash support for preferred technologies

D-BEIS has followed up on Thursday’s energy security strategy, splitting out the technologies favoured to share the £375 million in subsidies earmarked by the...

No10’s security strategy punts nukes, offshore wind & hydrogen towards 95% clean power by...

The Johnson administration’s strategy for UK energy security released this morning sets a new 2030 deadline for 95% of Britain’s electricity to be carbon-free....