• China Threatens To Pull Plug On New UK Nuclear Plants

    • Date: 07/06/20
    • The Sunday Times

    Britain is on a collision course with China after Boris Johnson approved plans last week to build up alternatives to Huawei in the 5G network, a move that caused a heated cabinet split in the government’s most secret committee. China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, has privately fired a warning shot at the government, […]

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  • Germany’s Green Energy Costs Are Becoming Unaffordable

    • Date: 07/06/20
    • Bloomberg

    The German program that’s spurred the nation’s switch to green power is buckling under the weight of surging costs and needs an urgent fix. That’s the assessment of one of the scheme’s chief designers, Hans Josef Fell. Designed in 2000 to enable Germany to meet United Nations pledges on climate change, it has pushed renewable energy to make […]

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  • Britain’s Electric Car Strategy Is ‘Doomed To Failure’

    • Date: 03/06/20
    • Transport Xtra

    The UK Government’s push to electrify road transport is based on naivety, the undue influence of the Committee on Climate Change, and a lack of engineering expertise within Government, an academic has said.  Professor Michael Kelly, the former chief scientific adviser to the Department for Communities and Local Government, issues the warning in a paper […]

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  • UK Govt Rejects Extension Of Offshore Windfarm

    • Date: 03/06/20
    • The Isle of Thanet News

    The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, has rejected a Development Consent Order application submitted by Vattenfall to extend the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm. The decision, which had been due yesterday (June 1) has now been announced. The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) accepted the proposed project for examination in 2018 following 18-months […]

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  • UN Climate Conference Delayed Until Winter 2021

    • Date: 27/05/20
    • STV News

    The UK is proposing that key UN climate talks postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic will be held in November 2021, it has emerged. In a letter to UN member states, the UK has proposed the Cop26 talks, which were originally due to be held in Glasgow in November 2020, could be moved to November […]

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  • Balancing Unstable National Grid Could Be Lights Out For UK Energy Companies

    • Date: 25/05/20
    • The Times

    Energy companies could go bust because of a surprise £500 million bill for keeping the lights on during the coronavirus pandemic, SSE has warned. National Grid is spending more than twice as much as usual balancing Britain’s power network as the national lockdown hits electricity demand and forces it to pay plants to switch off. SSE said that […]

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  • Wind Farms Paid Record £.9.3m To Switch Off Their Turbines For One Day

    • Date: 25/05/20
    • The Sunday Telegraph

    The so-called ‘constraint payments’ have been declared a “national embarrassment” and a power management “disgrace” by campaigners Wind farms in Britain were paid a record £.9.3m to switch off their turbines on Friday, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. More than 80 plants across England and Scotland were handed the so-called ‘constraint payments’, when supply outstrips […]

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  • Climate Campaigners Defeated As UK High Court Approves Biggest Gas Power Station In Europe

    • Date: 23/05/20
    • The Guardian

    High court rejects challenge after ministers overruled climate objections of planning officials The UK government’s approval of a large new gas-fired power plant has been ruled legal by the high court. A legal challenge was brought after ministers overruled climate change objections from planning authorities. The plant, which is being developed by Drax in North […]

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