Industry letter calls for decarbonisation target in energy bill

Leaders of renewables, nuclear and CCS groups warn government is putting new jobs and financial investment at risk New jobs and financial investment in the energy sector are at risk if the government does not ensure its imminent energy bill supports low-carbon power, an unusual coalition of the trade bodies representing the renewable energy, nuclear […]


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Huge scale of UK’s ‘dash for gas’ revealed

Emissions targets will be broken if reliance on gas rises in line with new forecasts, say critics The amount of power expected to be generated from gas by 2030 has quadrupled in the last year, according to official projections that will infuriate green campaigners who are demanding greater use of renewable energy sources. They claim […]


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UK shortlists carbon capture projects competing for £1bn fund

Four schemes shortlisted for the final phase of a government competition to develop the technology Four schemes have been shortlisted for a £1bn competition to develop technology to capture and permanently store emissions from fossil fuel power plants. Plans for new coal-powered stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) at Grangemouth, Scotland, and Drax, North […]


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Letters: Cameron fuels new energy debate

While David Cameron attempts to legislate a solution for Britain’s energy problems, Professor Dieter Helm is pushing for gas and carbon capture (Comment, 19 October). Yes, gas is better than both coal, which produces twice as much CO2, and nuclear, with its serious safety issues. But Helm says gas is in near limitless supply. If […]


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Business bosses attack George Osborne’s policy of ‘dash for gas’

CBI warns of exposure to price rises on global markets and argues for more green projects George Osborne was increasingly isolated over energy policy last night, after the head of the CBI said that too much reliance on gas as a future source of energy would leave consumers and businesses dangerously exposed to further sharp […]


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Carbon capture project is a big risk, says SSE boss

Ian Marchant, chief executive of Scottish-based utility, says government must invest more money in CCS technology The boss of the only energy company still committed to investing in carbon capture and storage technology has called the pilot project the most risky investment of his career. Ian Marchant, chief executive of SSE, warned that the government […]


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Ed Davey takes a swipe at George Osborne

Ed Davey hits out at chancellor’s ‘burden’ remarks and says green policies are ‘unashamedly good for growth’ Ed Davey, the energy secretary, took a veiled swipe at George Osborne’s views on the environment on Wednesday, as he pressed for the UK to take a lead in renewable energy. “In some quarters, the green agenda is […]


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Nuclear and gas blow outs show where the dumb money is | Damian Carrington

The smart money is on energy efficiency and renewables yet a government terrified of “backing winners” appears happy to back the nuclear, oil and gas losers Follow the money: in the billion-dollar world of the energy business that is good advice. So what do the collapse of a quarter of the UK’s new nuclear power […]


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US consortium to build carbon capture and storage plant at Grangemouth

Summit Power Group says Caledonia Clean Energy project will capture carbon emissions on 90% of production capacity Plans for a new “clean coal” power plant close to Edinburgh have been unveiled by a US-led consortium that is hoping to capture nearly all its CO2 emissions when it begins operating. The Seattle-based Summit Power Group has […]


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