Monday, May 20, 2019

Slow burn? The long road to a zero-emissions UK

It is the near future. You wake in a house warmed by a heat pump that extracts energy from deep below the ground...

Labour plans nationalisation at below market value

Investors in Britain’s energy network companies are unlikely to receive compensation based on market value when the businesses are nationalised by a future...

'Zombie firms' a major drag on UK economy, analysis shows

A rising number of underperforming “zombie firms” are creating a major drag on the UK economy and threaten to exacerbate a future downturn,...

SSE blames competition in energy sector as it cuts 444 jobs

SSE, one of the UK’s “Big Six” energy providers, is set to cut 444 jobs in its struggling retail business, blaming a series...

Britain passes one week without coal power for first time since 1882

Britain has gone a week without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since Queen Victoria was on the throne, in...

City investors push for BP to be more open on climate change policy

A coalition of major City investors have emerged as key players in forcing BP to be more transparent in how it fights climate...

Cuadrilla ‘ready’ to frack second shale gas well

Cuadrilla, the company seeking to produce shale gas in the UK, said it was “ready” to frack a second well at a site near...

Hydro power operators press for UK rules rethink

Developers of “pumped storage” hydro power plants in Scotland have called on the UK government to rethink energy market rules for such projects...

Hidden costs on the path to net zero emissions

Pick a point in time at random, let’s say 11am on May 9 this year. Where did Britain’s electricity come from? According to...

British Gas broke in to change a meter that was not theirs

Last week British Gas tried to break into my house, damaging my locks in the process, and I thought it was a failed...

Green gas and the question of digestion | Letters

Your article (Energy: 1m British homes are now using green gas, 27 April) was great to read. Much is written about renewable electricity,...

Time is running out for the UK’s frackers

You have to have a scintilla of sympathy for the shale gas industry. It cannot be easy winning round a sceptical populace when...

Can green energy drive further cuts in UK emissions?

Over Easter the UK set a new record for coal-free power, with the country running for more than 90 hours powered by gas,...

Carbon capture crucial to hit green targets, say MPs

The UK cannot “credibly” reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero without the widespread use of carbon capture technology but government support for...

How to stop climate change? Nationalise the oil companies | Owen Jones

If only the Daily Express was right. That is not a sentence I ever expected to type. “Extinction Rebellion protests have WORKED as...

My release from prison for protesting fracking does not equate to justice | Simon...

This morning I woke up outside of prison for the first time since 26 September. I was jailed for 16 months after being...

Amazon accused of abandoning 100% renewable energy goal

Amazon has been accused of abandoning a much-publicised goal of running its datacentres on 100% renewable energy – instead focusing its attention on...

'Fog of Brexit has had massive bearing on energy bills' – supplier

Brexit has had a “massive bearing” on UK energy bills and consumers face further price rises if the pound falls further, according to...

Spark joins growing list of suppliers to cease trading

Spark Energy has become the biggest UK energy supplier to crash out of the market this year after it ceased trading on Friday.The...

UK’s electricity prices risk ‘gilets jaunes’ backlash

Advances in technology have been crushing the cost of renewables. Strike prices for offshore wind farms have tumbled from £115 per megawatt hour...

Hitachi board agrees to continue talks on Wylfa nuclear plant

Hitachi has agreed to continue negotiating with the UK over the future of a ¥3tn (£20bn) nuclear plant in Wales, in response to...

Why is Scottish Power’s boiler insurance a write-off?

I have just read your article about Scottish Power and gas boiler insurance. The company similarly told me my leaking boiler was beyond...

Bulb to lower gas prices for 1 million customers by 2%

A million households will have their energy bills reduced after one of the fastest-growing suppliers bucked the recent trend for price increases. Bulb, the...

UK's backup power subsidies are illegal, European court rules

The UK’s scheme for ensuring power supplies during the winter months has been suspended after a ruling by the European court of justice...

UK solar power growth halves for second year running

New solar power installations halved in the UK last year for the second year in a row, as the fallout of government subsidy...

Minor earthquakes emerge as major threat to UK fracking

Protests, legal challenges and planning rejections have failed to stop the return of fracking in Britain, but the government’s regulations on earthquakes are...

SSE ramps up in renewables with £118m Seagreen deal

Big Six energy provider SSE is to acquire Seagreen Wind Energy, increasing its exposure to offshore wind as part of its strategy to...

No-deal Brexit could see lights go out in N Ireland

Britain will be forced to take drastic measures to keep the lights on in Northern Ireland if the UK crashes out of Europe...