SSE boss Ian Marchant warns of risk of "lights going out"

The boss of the energy firm SSE has warned that "there is a very real risk of the lights going out" in Britain.

Ian Marchant said the government was significantly underestimating the scale of the capacity crunch facing the country.



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China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

Greenpeace analysis shows 14 planned giant fossil fuel projects will increase global emissions by 20%


UK energy target 'on track'

The UK is on track to meet its green energy target for 2020, according to the government.

Britain has to produce 15% of all energy, including electricity, from renewable sources like wind turbines to try to cut climate-warming emissions.

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Biofuel production threatens air quality and crop yields, study finds

Fighting climate change by producing more biofuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe by 2020, according to a new study.

E.On to increase energy prices by 8.7%

Energy firm E.On will raise prices for dual fuel customers by 8.7% on 18 January, the company has said.

All of the major energy providers have now announced price rises this winter for UK domestic customers.

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Energy Bill to create 'low carbon economy', says Davey

Energy minister Ed Davey has unveiled the government's much-trailed Energy Bill, setting out the roadmap for the UK's switch to "a low-carbon economy".

Energy firms can increase the "green" levy from £3bn to £7.6bn a year by 2020, potentially increasing household bills by £100.


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Wind farms: 'No change' on policy, says David Cameron

There has been no change in the government's policy on renewable energy, the prime minister has said.

It comes after a Tory energy minister sparked a coalition row by claiming the UK had "enough" onshore wind farms.

John Hayes was slapped down by his Lib Dem boss Ed Davey after suggesting future projects would be blocked.

Mr Davey said he was in charge of energy policy and, echoing the PM, said the wind farm policy had not changed.

The BBC's Environment analyst Roger Harrabin reports.


Hitachi buys UK nuclear project from E.On and RWE

The UK's nuclear expansion plans have been boosted after Japan's Hitachi signed a £700m deal giving it rights to build a new generation of power plants.

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Energy bills: PM delivered 'intent, not detail'

The prime minister announced the "intent, not the detail" of a plan to put energy customers on the cheapest tariff, the energy minister has said.

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North Sea oil and gas licensing round 'successful'

The UK government has claimed the North Sea remains a "fertile landscape for investors" after awarding 167 licences for oil and gas projects on the UK Continental Shelf.

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