Tag Archives: renewables

Research into green gas by local party member

We’d like to congratulate our local member, Erin Johnson, a postgraduate chemical engineering student at Imperial College London, who has been awarded the Ashok Kumar Fellowship for 2017. The prize is an opportunity to spend three months working at the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST), with a focus on producing a parliamentary briefing… Continue reading »

Government should take responsibility as official report reveals UK renewable industry lags behind EU neighbours

Keith Taylor MEP is calling on the Government to take responsibility as official report reveals UK renewable industry lags behind EU neighbours Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, is calling on the Government to take its clean energy responsibilities seriously, as the hypocrisy at the heart of George Osborne’s ‘climate-wrecking’ Budget continues to… Continue reading »

Big energy news

Top lobbying group in historic green energy U-turn The UK’s biggest energy lobbying group has shifted its position on green energy and will start campaigning for low-carbon alternatives for the first time, in what environmental campaigners are describing as a watershed moment. Lawrence Slade, the chief executive of Energy UK, which represents the big six… Continue reading »

Leaked letter: Rudd admits 25% green energy undershoot, misled Parliament

A letter from Energy Secretary Amber Rudd leaked to The Ecologist shows that she misled Parliament by promising the UK was ‘on course’ to deliver on its renewable energy targets – when in fact there is a delivery shortfall in 2020 of almost 25%. Her plan to fill the gap relies on more biofuels, buying… Continue reading »

The only way to beat the blackouts is smart, clean, affordable energy

Caroline Lucas comments: The National Grid’s urgent request for extra generation this week has been widely hyped as an emergency, with the country at risk from blackouts. On closer examination, it turns out that the National Grid has been calmly explaining that a “notification of inadequate system margin” (NISM) is not a last resort. It’s… Continue reading »

Letter to George Osborne: End the assault on community energy

Dear Chancellor, I write in my capacity as chair of the Co-operative Party Parliamentary Group and as the Labour & Co-operative MP for Luton South. Last week saw a damaging U-turn in government policy in relation to Community Energy. Despite the public declarations from the financial secretary to the contrary, your decision to exclude Community Energy from… Continue reading »

The greenest government NEVER

Peter Barnett reviews the Tories’ first few months in power “By no stretch of the imagination” was how Jonathon Porritt described David Cameron’s claim that the coalition government of 2010-15 was the ‘greenest government ever’. In his report of the same name, Porritt outlined deficiencies in all the principal environmental policy areas: natural environment, energy,… Continue reading »

Keep Feed-In-Tariffs campaign

Right now, the Conservative Government is planning disastrous cuts to Feed-In Tariffs (FiTs) – subsidies for small-scale renewable energy. Ministers want to slash support for roof-top solar panels by 87%, whilst subsidising fracking and nuclear energy. We need your help to stop them! If we are serious about tackling climate change, we should be investing… Continue reading »

UN verdict on UK climate change policy shows it’s time for immediate U-turn

Chief environmental scientist: UK renewables subsidies withdrawn while fossil fuel industry enhanced The UK government cannot continue with its current energy policies, according to the Green Party, after the government’s approach was given a damning verdict by the UN’s chief scientist.  Professor Jacquie McGlade was concerned to “see [renewables] subsidies being withdrawn and the fossil fuel… Continue reading »