UK’s big energy firms accused of failing to tackle climate crisis

  • By EvaLawrence
  • By May 07, 19

Shell, BP and Centrica have talked of backing EU emissions target but withheld support. The UK’s largest energy companies have withheld support for a legally binding target to reduce the EU’s emissions to net zero by 2050, even while publicly backing the plans. Royal Dutch Shell, BP and British Gas’s owner, Centrica, have all publicly thrown their weight behind more ambitious EU emissi...

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Green Star Energy to pay £350,000 over failings for renters

  • By EvaLawrence
  • By May 07, 19

Over 1,800 tenants were unable to access their Green Star Energy accounts and were unable to access cheaper tariffs Green Star Energy was made aware of its failings but failed to adequately address the issues or report the matter to Ofgem Green Star Energy has now reviewed its systems, identified and addressed the deficiencies that led to the issue and will pay £350,000 in redress over its fai...

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Energy bills set to fall by £80 a year in October

  • By EvaLawrence
  • By April 07, 19

Household energy bills could fall by more than £80 a year according to research from industry analysts. In its latest quarterly report, Cornwall Insight predicted that the new energy price cap will fall by £83 when it is altered again in August. The cap, which limits what suppliers can charge the average user, is pegged to the “wholesale cost” of energy, or what providers have to pay for ...

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1.7MWp ground-mounted solar farm to be built at Doncaster Sheffield Airport

  • By EvaLawrence
  • By March 07, 19

A 1.7MWp solar farm is to be built at Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA), financed by the airport's investors the Peel Group. The £2 million ground-mounted farm is set to open in 2020. The Peel Group is currently reviewing the best path to delivering the project, which it claims could supply up to 4MW of green power. The farm will be located on the grounds of the airport, behind the existing...

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Energy consumers face £172m bill for collapse of 11 suppliers

  • By EvaLawrence
  • By January 01, 70

Energy consumers will be forced to foot a £172m bill to cover the cost of the collapse of 11 energy suppliers since the start of last year. Citizens Advice said almost 30 million households will need to bail out the bust energy suppliers through their bills, while 32,000 may also be targeted aggressively by debt collectors hired by their administrators. The charity said it has helped more t...

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Clean electricity overtaking fossil fuels in Britain

  • By EvaLawrence
  • By January 01, 70

For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, Britain is obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. The milestone has been passed for the first five months of 2019. National Grid says clean energy has nudged ahead with 48% of generation, against 47% for coal and gas. The rest is biomass burning. The transformation reflects the precipitous decline of coal energy...

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Fossil fuels produce less than half of UK electricity for first time

  • By EvaLawrence
  • By January 01, 70

Zero-carbon energy sources are poised to overtake fossil fuels as the UK’s largest electricity source over a full calendar year. This year will be the first that fossil fuels make up less than half of the electricity generated, according to National Grid, following a dramatic decline in coal-fired power and rising renewable energy. Instead, UK homes and businesses will rely more on clean e...

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BayWa smashes target in green bond debut

  • By EvaLawrence
  • By January 01, 70

BayWa has secured hundreds of millions for its renewable pipeline via its first ever green bond raise, which ended in oversubscription. Contacted by PV Tech today, the firm said the €500 million (US$560 million) structure it recently placed produced an order book of €750 million (US$840 million) from interested investors. The green bond, issued on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, comes wi...

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Solar rooftops, batteries to power Toyota buildings in five countries

  • By EvaLawrence
  • By January 01, 70

Solar rooftops are to be deployed at Toyota facilities across five countries, with plans to exploit synergies with existing lithium-ion batteries. Contacted by PV Tech today, consultancy Eneo Solutions said up to 8MW of PV will be added to buildings of Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG), a warehouse gear-making unit within the Japanese multinational. Eneo will own the installations and su...

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£90m investment in UK green energy market

  • By EvaLawrence
  • By January 01, 70

Specialist energy from waste funder Privilege Finance has announced £90 million (€100 million) of investment to fund 14MW of new green energy projects so far in 2019, enough to power approximately 28,000 homes. Once built and running at full capacity, these projects will be converting 175,000 tonnes of food waste which would otherwise have ended up in landfill, as well as agricultural wastes...

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