• Consumers Foot Bill As Energy Companies Cash In On Green Taxes

    • Date: 27/09/10

    THE big electricity suppliers have been given the go-ahead by the [Irish] Government to make unlimited profits from a green energy scheme which, while funded by the planned 5% hike in electricity prices, offers consumers no guarantee of future reduced bills. Consumers will have to start paying the 5% Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy next […]

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  • Green Hypocrisy: Germany Lobbying For Coal Subsidies

    • Date: 25/09/10

    Germany will lobby for support among other European Union countries to change European Commission plans to end state aid for coal mines in 2014, four years earlier than previously scheduled in Germany, a government said Wednesday. “The issue will have to be discussed on a European level. We will have to try to exert influence […]

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  • Shale Gas Revolution Shakes Foundation Of Green Energy Policy

    • Date: 25/09/10

    Cheap, low-emission shale gas, with double the global reserves of conventional sources, will discourage investment in nuclear reactors and carbon storage that would fight climate change, a British study shows. “In a world where there is the serious possibility of cheap, relatively clean gas, who will commit large sums of money to expensive pieces of […]

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  • Abrupt Cooling: UK Government Considers Slashing Solar Subsidies

    • Date: 24/09/10

    The recent mini-boom in solar power could be in jeopardy, as the government has privately indicated that new feed-in tariffs that have fuelled the industry could be slashed. If such cuts are adopted, renewable energy experts fear that it will scare off investors – with repercussions throughout the industry. “To change the subsidy system just […]

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  • Peiser Criticises Wasteful Wind Projects

    • Date: 23/09/10

    Arranged in formation like an advancing army, this is the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. The array of more than 100 giant turbines towering over the North Sea will be switched on today off the coast of Kent. The Thanet farm will be able to generate up to 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity, enough to […]

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  • Crackdown On Coal Subsidies Overdue

    • Date: 22/09/10

    Dozens of Spanish coal miners just spent their 20th night underground in northern Spain. They’re not trapped, as in Chile, but are there voluntarily, to protest an EU decree that will force governments to phase out coal-industry handouts by next year. This week hundreds more miners are joining the cause in strikes around the country. […]

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  • Nuclear Energy Giants Brawl Over UK Government Support

    • Date: 21/09/10

    The future of a £15 billion German-backed project to build nuclear reactors in Britain is in doubt after Chris Huhne signalled that the Government would not support a key plank of the proposals. The Times has learnt that E.ON, the world’s largest utility company by revenues, has written to the Energy Secretary to complain about […]

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  • Nuclear Industry Wants Competition Priced Out

    • Date: 19/09/10

    British Gas owner Centrica will be forced to spend billions of pounds on new gas-fired power stations to keep the lights on if it does not secure consent for the Hinkley nuclear reactor by early 2012. Delays in the planning system could also spark a dash for gas among other energy providers. Centrica chief executive […]

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