Renewables

Speyside communities short changed by EDF wind payments

Speyside communities short changed by EDF wind payments

Communities across the Speyside area in Scotland have claimed they are being short changed by £16 million by EDF Energy over the Dorenell Wind Farm being built. Under Scottish Government guidance, communities are entitled to annual payments of £5,000 per megawatt of energy produced, however EDF are only offering £2,000 […]

Scottish government call in planning application of wind farm development

Scottish government call in planning application of wind farm development

The Scottish government has called to question the planning permission application of Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL)’s for an onshore wind farm development. Politicians from across the board have questioned the decision that will see ministers assess the application, rather than the East Lothian Council, due to the timing of […]

Burning wood pellets is worse for environment than using coal

Burning wood pellets is worse for environment than using coal

Research suggests that the use of wood pellets as a source of power is worse for the environment than the use of coal – and is being subsidised by British consumers. Acres of trees have been felled in the US and shipped over to the Drax power station in North […]

British Gas to increase energy bills due to cost of renewables

British Gas to increase energy bills due to cost of renewables

British Gas, a subsidiary of Centrica, has announced it will increase its Standard Variable Tariff (SVT) by £60 to £1,161 on 29th May – an average rise of 5.5% for its typical dual fuel customer. The price hike is largely a result of rising wholesale and policy costs, which have […]

Solar companies profiting from subsidies

Solar companies profiting from subsidies

New figures show that some of the UK’s biggest solar farms receive more money through green subsidies than they get from selling electricity. Energy producers were granted generous subsidies, through a ‘green levy’ funded by taxpayers, but many of them now earn more money from these handouts than selling the […]

Swansea tidal lagoon project to cut jobs

Swansea tidal lagoon project to cut jobs

The £1.3 billion tidal lagoon project in Swansea is set to face significant job losses if the UK and Welsh government do not back the scheme as talks intensify. Since December, when the Welsh government offered equity or a loan to the plan if Whitehall supported it, UK and Welsh […]

Renewable fuel credits post biggest quarterly loss

Renewable fuel credits post biggest quarterly loss

The prices of US renewable fuel credits have dropped to their lowest price in a year following uncertainty over the future of policies on biofuels in the future. Renewable fuel credit prices dropped 35.7 percent during the first three months of 2018 in the second year in a row of […]

Taxpayers to pay £60 million in compensation for solar subsidy blunder

Taxpayers to pay £60 million in compensation for solar subsidy blunder

UK taxpayers will face a £60 million bill to reimburse solar companies for the subsidies the government cut in 2011. It was announced in October 2011 that the Department of Energy and Climate Change would halve the amount of subsidies it provided for solar panels sooner than it originally said, […]