After much anticipation, the Clean Growth Strategy (CGS) is finally out and has been swiftly followed by the Helm Review. Steve Mack, head of investments at Low Carbon, looks at how the two publications fit into the bigger picture of UK energy policy and what to look out for in the future from the upcoming Budget and the Industrial Strategy White Paper.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has welcomed the publication of the Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), but issued a broadside at government plans to use “flexibilities” to meet targets.
The latest issue of EY’s Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI) was released earlier today, offering the Big Four consultancy’s latest views on the international energy market. Bringing together experts from within EY and externally around the world, here are the main takeaways from RECAI 50: The retail energy revolution.
Energy storage could be considered the “great hope” for the renewable energy industry in Britain, according to the head of policy at the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
The government got some positive headlines last week as business secretary Greg Clark announced plans to invest in battery technology and introduce smart technology into the UK’s energy system. Robert Ede, senior consultant at The Whitehouse Consultancy, takes a closer look at the rhetoric to see how it stacks up against reality.
Whole system thinking and the wider adoption of smart technology to increase visibility will be needed if National Grid is to adapt to the challenges of rocketing increases in distribution level generation.
Brexit has become one of the leading concerns for energy professionals according to a new survey carried out by the Energy Institute (EI), which also found that the majority of those asked expect the UK to fall short of its carbon targets as a result of poor energy policy.
The typical value of energy efficiency projects being taken on by consumers has dropped according to the latest survey from EEVS and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which recorded growth in the number of projects valued between £50,000-100,000.
With SunEdison’s rooftop solar business ready to bring out of hiatus, a residential storage product emerging from development and at least one eye on acquisitions, Ecotricity is preparing itself for what looks like being an increasingly tempestuous energy supply market. Inside Clean Energy spoke to founder Dale Vince to find out what else he has up his sleeve.
With the global transition towards a low carbon future well underway, business leaders and policymakers recently convened at Google's office in Brussels to discuss how to make progress towards both public and private sector goals. David Pratt reports on what was said, and where this progress can be made going forward.
With policy to support electric vehicles ramping up in the UK, most recently those outlined by the chancellor, Chargemaster founder and CEO David Martell sets the scene for UK EVs and explains what more is needed for greater success.
The government’s upcoming Carbon Plan should include a specific strategy for promoting microgeneration, efficiency, storage and demand response across the UK small business community, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
The imminent capacity market auction could offer some clues on the direction of travel, writes Terry Macalister, but the government could be missing a trick by not steering the mechanism down a greener path.
Business confidence in the government’s ability to meet the requirements of the COP21 climate change agreement has hit severely low levels according to a new survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and AECOM.
The need for far greater energy efficiency policy across non-residential building stock has been exposed across three new reports from the government’s climate change watchdog, which has claimed the UK is on course to reach just half of its emissions targets by 2030.
The renewable energy industry needs to unite to pressure government to provide clarity over the future of UK policy following the Brexit vote, according to REA chief executive Nina Skorupska CBE who delivered a keynote speech on the second day of Clean Energy Live.
Scotland has continued to outperform the rest of the UK in energy efficiency policy according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
Supplier confidence in the energy efficiency sector has dropped to its lowest point in five years according to the latest report on trends in the market.
The managing director of Ecotricity’s Electric Highway has revealed the company is losing hundreds of thousands of pounds a year from the charging network, claiming the business model behind charging drivers for its use is “not very good”.
Large energy users have called on the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to prioritise the creation of a long term policy framework while questions remain over the future importance of energy and climate change policy at the new Whitehall office.
The newly formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) could see energy policy relegated to a ‘steady as she goes’ approach while other policy areas take precedence, according to a government MP on the energy and climate change (ECC) select committee.
Last week’s Business & Energy Summit in London presented a rare opportunity to gather global business leaders and national government representatives in one place to discuss climate change post-COP21. Clean Energy News attended both days of the event to you the main talking points from across the summit.
In his latest blog for Clean Energy News, independent consultant and local authority expert Stephen Cirell discusses the recent announcement by Portsmouth City Council to roll out solar over the next four years using a series of PPA funded deals, and calls on other local authorities to follow suit.
Portsmouth City Council (PCC) is preparing to award a tender offer worth up to £10 million which will see solar panels rolled out on council owned buildings across the city over the next four years.
Mike Pedley, head of energy at Welsh Water, speaks to Clean Energy News about the company's approach to energy and the benefits of providing demand response for both the company and the country.
The government’s ability to form long term energy policy has continued to be put in question after a survey of energy and sustainability professionals found that continuity of energy policy was considered to be the biggest challenge facing their sector.
Commercial energy users in Northern Ireland (NI) could see their annual bills increase by thousands of pounds under plans being considered by the nation’s Department for the Economy (DfE).
As the energy and environment manager for Northern, a passenger rail franchise overseeing almost 500 stations, Gareth Williams oversees the company’s award-winning environmental and sustainability strategy. Here he outlines his top tips to energy managers looking to secure board-level finance.
Reports have emerged of a possible workplace charging grant to incentivise wider use of electric vehicles (EVs) by businesses around the UK, sparking confusion from the charging point sector.