• Britain’s Green Energy Industry Undermined By Shale Gas & Nuclear Energy

    • Date: 18/01/16
    • Tom Bawden, The Independent

    Britain’s renewable energy industry is about to “fall off a cliff” just at the point it would come into its own, analysis for The Independent reveals. The dour forecast comes as the industry celebrated a record-breaking year in 2015, with billions of pounds poured into solar and wind energy and more homes powered by nature than ever […]

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  • Energy Firms Are Overcharging Customers By Up To £300

    • Date: 15/01/16
    • Rebecca Rutt, Daily Mail

    Energy firms are overcharging customers for their gas and electricity and bills should be cut by around £300 for the majority of people, Ofgem has admitted. The comments come as pressure mounts on the big energy suppliers in Britain to cut prices after news yesterday that wholesale energy prices have hit a five-year low. Dermot […]

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  • Green Britain: 5 Million Pensioners Left To Freeze

    • Date: 13/01/16
    • Andrew Ellson, The Times

    Energy companies were under pressure to cut their prices last night as it emerged that almost five million pensioners will turn down their heating during the cold spell because they cannot afford the bills. Nearly half of over-65s will risk their health by rationing energy use in the coming days when temperatures plummet, a study […]

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  • As North Sea Oil Falls, Scotland Hardest Hit

    • Date: 12/01/16
    • The American Interest

    Oil extracted in the North Sea is among the world’s most expensive to produce, due to strong UK labor unions and unfavorable natural conditions in the region. In today’s oil market, that’s a bad situation to be in, and the sector is imploding. The Sunday Times reports: The combined market value of 112 publicly traded oil companies — […]

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  • North Sea Oil Faces Wipeout As Prices Keep Plunging

    • Date: 10/01/16
    • Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times

    Exploration has been cut right back, jobs are being slashed, operators are going bust and there is no relief in sight The sun sets on North Sea drilling: companies are expected to bore just six exploration wells this year — the lowest number since 1964 (Alamy) A desperate situation can sometimes be best summed up […]

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  • Britain To Allow Shale Test Drilling Without Planning Permission

    • Date: 09/01/16
    • BBC News

    The government is set to remove another obstacle to the exploration for shale gas deposits in the UK. Fracking firms will no longer need planning permission to drill exploratory boreholes and set underground explosive (sic) charges. The government says the same safety rules for oil and gas exploration will apply – and the use of […]

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  • A Pivotal Year Ahead For UK Shale Development

    • Date: 09/01/16
    • Jon Mainwaring, Rigzone

    After a year in which the UK government took steps to encourage the development of a shale gas industry, 2016 looks set to see several unconventional wells drilled onshore Britain. August saw the government declare its intention to introduce measures designed to fast track oil and gas planning applications in the regions, including the threat […]

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  • Blow To Drax Biomass Plan As Europe Launches State Aid Investigation

    • Date: 06/01/16
    • Robin Pagnamenta, The Times

    Plans to convert Britain’s biggest power station to run on greener fuels were in jeopardy last night after the European Commission ordered an “in-depth investigation” into a possible violation of state aid rules. The giant Drax plant in North Yorkshire, which was built in the 1970s and runs mainly on coal, has already converted two […]

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