UK facing massive power shortfall when coal stations close, engineers warn

The UK faces serious power shortages when coal stations close, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has warned. While government has pinned its hopes on gas...

No carbon capture and storage, no UK heavy industry, government warned

The Chancellor’s decision to axe carbon capture and storage (CCS) funding will backfire when the UK’s heavy industry relocates to other parts of the...
Energy secretary Amber Rudd: We can manage winter but we need more power stations.

Rudd defends subsidising diesel generators and incentivising new nuclear while cutting solar

Amber Rudd has defended proposed cuts to solar PV subsidies while simultaneously subsidising rafts of small diesel generators in the capacity mechanism. The secretary...
Major energy users most at risk from spiky winter energy prices

EU approves state aid for energy intensive users

The government's proposal to protect energy intensive industries from the costs of decarbonising the power system has been approved by the EU. The move was...

Allow shale exploration to gauge market size, says industry-funded task force

Government and local communities should allow test drilling at exploratory shale sites to gauge the market size and impact, according to the final report...

No more CCS money, more for renewable heat, small nukes and shale

George Osborne has pulled the plug on the £1bn carbon capture and storage fund, lengthening the odds of the technology and associated infrastructure reaching...
Energy secretary Amber Rudd: We can manage winter but we need more power stations.

Policy reset confirms security and affordability top priorities, but little detail

Amber Rudd's policy reset has underlined the government's plans to forge ahead with new nuclear and replace coal with gas. Other than the announcement that...

Government confirms unabated coal hard stop by 2025 ahead of Rudd’s reset

The government has confirmed that unabated coal-fired power stations will face restricted use from 2023 and total closure from 2025. The department of energy and...

Osborne should cut out the fat and rationalise energy market – report

The Treasury should reset energy market administration in the Comprehensive Spending Review. It should free up Decc to work on strategy and policy, make...
BOC Gas

Firms eye Europe as UK industry seeks cheaper power prices, clearer policy

Intensive energy industries have welcomed the government’s promise to protect them from power policy costs, but have called for clarity on direction of travel...
Energy minister Andrea Leadsom says Decc will resist any attempts to take Ofgem's powers

Energy Minister: We won’t leave keeping the lights on to free market economy

Energy minister Andrea Leadsom has denied that the government is micromanaging the UK energy industry. However, she said that the government would not leave...
Cameron promises full refund for energy policy

Energy intensive users ‘to be refunded energy policy costs’, says Cameron

Energy intensive industries will be refunded against the cost of energy policy, David Cameron has promised. The PM made that pledge during prime minister's questions,...
Energy minister Andrea Leadsom says Decc will resist any attempts to take Ofgem's powers

Decc will ‘completely resist’ attempts to cede Ofgem’s powers to Europe

The department of energy and climate change will "completely resist" any attempts by Brussels to override national energy regulation. Energy minister Andrea Leadsom said today...

Will new rules make grid connections faster and cheaper?

Ofgem has brought in a connections code of practice for distribution networks. It is hoped that the move will increase competition in the grid...
Lord Adonis to oversee delivery of energy infrastructure

Lord Adonis to head up new national infrastructure commission

Former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis will head the new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) that will oversee new significant energy and transport infrastructure. The Chancellor...
Drax Power Station out of CCS demo

Drax to halt CCS investment, seeks support for fourth biomass unit

Drax will not invest further into carbon capture and storage (CCS). The company will quit the White Rose project once the front-end engineering and...

Investor confidence project launches investment protocols for building renovation

Backed by €1.92 million of Horizon 2020 funding, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe released its first draft protocols on 14 September 2015 and is...

Power struggle: Infinis and Drax initiate judicial review over Osborne’s CCL exemption axe

Infinis and Drax have initiated proceedings for a judicial review after the Treasury announced it would remove the exemption from the Climate Change Levy...

Reducing ‘alphabet soup’ of environmental legislation ‘not working’ says UK manufacturing body

Attempts to rein in environmental red tape are proving underpowered, according to UK manufacturers. The current government must go further to reduce the plethora...

Dash for gas II: Government seizes shale planning powers

Government will fast track shale planning applications. The move follows rejections by local authorities of Caudrilla's applications in Lancashire. It ultimately gives government the...