Tag Archives: solar

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Chief environmental scientist: UK renewables subsidies withdrawn while fossil fuel industry enhanced The UK government cannot continue with its current energy policies, according to the Green Party, after the government’s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 »

Planned cuts to Feed-in Tariffs are a further short-sighted attack on renewables industry

Responding to the government’s consultation (1) on the review of the Feed-in Tariffs scheme, Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South-West, has slammed the government over its policies on renewable energy. Dr Scott Cato, the Green Party’s Finance Spokesperson, said planned cuts to feed-in tariffs are part of a wider attack on the renewables sector, which… Continue reading »

Gravesend solar rubbish

Gravesend solar rubbish

If, like me, you’ve seen the solar panels on the top of the new rubbish bin outside the main entrance of the Gravesend train station, and wondered…’what?’ then this article might explain a few things (although it is talking about Inverness, you get the idea)… The solar-powered bin which crushes the rubbish and emails council… Continue reading »

Lack of support for renewables ‘ludicrous’ say Greens

Green Party energy spokesperson Cllr Andrew Cooper has condemned the huge cuts the government has proposed to the feed-in tariff for solar energy. Under plans put forward by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the amount paid to homeowners producing electricity from roof-top solar panels will fall dramatically, from the current level of 12.92p to just… Continue reading »