• UK Taxpayers Face £1 Billion Bill Over Green Subsidy Scandal

    • Date: 03/01/17
    • Sean O’Neill and Sean O’Driscoll, The Times

    A botched green energy scheme that has ignited a political crisis is on course to cost taxpayers more than £1 billion. The Treasury faces the bill after a massive overspend on subsidies encouraging farmers and businesses in Northern Ireland to run eco-friendly power schemes. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was supposed to cost £25 million […]

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  • Britain’s Shale Industry Set To Take Off

    • Date: 02/01/17
    • Robin Pagnamenta, The Times

    Three separate fracking projects could crank into action this year as Britain’s shale gas industry finally gets off the starting blocks after years of delay, according to industry chiefs. Hydraulic fracturing at a site in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, could start within weeks after a judge rejected a legal appeal by environmental campaigners and residents […]

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  • The National Trust’s Climate Myths

    • Date: 30/12/16
    • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

    Just every claim made in the National Trust’s 2016 review of UK weather is either wrong or cherry picked: 1) Winters have become milder FACT –Since 2006 five winters have been colder than the 1981-2010 mean. Although last winter was the warmest since 1910, no other one since 2006 has been in any way unusual. […]

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  • New Steel Crisis Threatened By Delays To Green Energy Rebate Law

    • Date: 28/12/16
    • Alan Tovey, The Daily Telegraph

    European red tape threatens to push Britain’s hard-pressed steel sector back into crisis with the prospect of the energy-intensive industry’s power bills soaring. Britain’s energy-intensive steel industry faces some of the highest power costs in the world CREDIT: ALAMY Officials at the European Commission have yet to agree a state aid change that will exempt the industry […]

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  • Renewable Energy Scandal Rocks Britain

    • Date: 25/12/16
    • BBC News

    The cost of the botched renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme to the Northern Ireland taxpayer will be £490m, the Department for the Economy has said. The scheme was run by offering £1.40 in subsidies for every £1 spent on heating. The original estimate for the scheme given at an Assembly committee hearing was £400m over 20 […]

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  • Frack On! UK High Court Gives Fracking Green Light

    • Date: 20/12/16
    • Reuters

    Britain’s High Court ruled on Tuesday that a fracking permit awarded by a local council to developer Third Energy was legal, after it was challenged by environmental campaigners, opening the way to shale gas extraction in the UK. Substantial amounts of shale gas are estimated to be trapped in underground rocks and the British government […]

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  • Britain’s Green Energy Sector Shrinks After Government Subsidy Cuts

    • Date: 19/12/16
    • Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg

    The U.K.’s renewable and low-carbon energy sector shrank by 8.7 percent last year, partly because of cuts to subsidies. The sector, from wind farms to electric vehicles, turned over 42.2 billion pounds ($52.5 billion) in 2015, provisional figures by the Office for National Statistics showed on Friday. That’s lower than the 46.2 billion pound recorded […]

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  • Green Britain: Electricity Bills Set To Rise By £30 A Year And Power Rationed To Keep Lights On

    • Date: 19/12/16
    • Kate McCann, The Daily Telegraph

    Electricity bills could go up by £30 each year by 2020 and power “rationed” due to “mismanagement” of the UK’s electricity networks and the increasing cost of emergency supplies, MPs have warned. The British Infrastructure Group, led by former Conservative minister Grant Shapps, warned lights could go out across the country next winter because there […]

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