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The government has agreed a process that will let the Liberal Democrats maintain their opposition to nuclear power while allowing the new administration to put in place the new national planning policy needed before construction of new reactors can go-ahead.
How the two parties will deal with this issue - which divides them -is highlighted in a document released today which spells out the terms of the deal between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, now in coalition.

Small Business Minister Appointed.

The Conservative MP for Hertford and Stortford is likely to oversee significant reforms to business support.

As the business and enterprise minister he will also help implement Tory plans for a new national loan guarantee scheme, to be deployed if growing companies are denied the finance they need by banks.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph during the election campaign he said that a Tory government would simplify and lower business tax rates, but remained critical of any move to increase capital gains tax.

Labour "Scandalous Legacy" on renewable energy Slams Chris Huhne

Newly appointed Secretary of State for Energy Chris Huhne has wasted no time in attacking the former Labour government's "scandalous" record on renewable energy.

Speaking on the BBC's Today programme this morning (May 13), Mr Huhne criticised the previous administration's failure to capitalise on the abundance of wind, wave and tidal resources in the UK and promoted his vision of energy from these sources filling a potential ‘gap' over the next decade as aging nuclear and coal power stations come offline.

100 per cent renewable electricity for Europe by 2050 is possible

Europe and North Africa could be powered exclusively by renewable electricity by 2050, if this is supported by a single European power market united with a similar market in North Africa.

Business energy costs could be reduced due to solar energy

One quarter of global electricity could be created by solar power by 2050 a new report has claimed.

If the report was to become true it could reduce business electricity charges as suplliers should reduce rates.

The report by the international Energy Agency (IEA) also advised countries to put long term policies into place to support earlier deployment of the energy source as well as sustain inovation technoligies.

Carbon emmissions could be reduced signifactly if solar energy is adopted for electricity.

Npower and Scottish and Southern Energy to build wind farm

A new wind farm is to build off the Suffolk cost by Npower and Scottish and Southern Energy.  The new wind farm should help to reduce business electricity prices and also bring down the cost of purchasing green business energy.

The two energy suppliers are proposing to build the 500mW wind farm will be part of the current Greater Gabbard project the world largest windfarm currently under construction.

Eon Energy has recently confirmed its Robin Rigg windfarm has just come on line which should help to reduce business energy rates.

Planned wind turbine at lanashire university is rejected

A university's plan to build two wind turbines to generate a third of its electricity has been rejected by council planners in Lancashire.

Lancaster University wanted to build the 101m (331ft) high turbines on its Hazelrigg site near the M6 motorway.

But Lancaster City Council's planning committee rejected the application because of its proximity to nearby residential properties.

The university said it was starting an appeal against the decision.

British Gas Profits from cold winter

British Gas will come under renewed pressure to cut its prices after parent company Centrica indicated it is on course to surpass last year's record profits.

The residential supply arm is benefiting from cheap wholesale energy prices and higher consumption by households from the bitterly cold weather at the beginning of the year.

Centrica was giving a trading update covering the first six months of its financial year before it reports results for the period in July.

Energy from waste (EfW) technologies could help the UK meet nearly half of its renewable energy targets by 2020, according to a new study, sponsored by West Midlands renewable energy consultancy and equipment provider, Geotech with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management. 

The study by Cranfield University graduate Kofi Apea Adu-Gyamfi considers how the UK could use EfW technologies to meet the EU Renewable Energy Directive, which binds it to generating at least 15 per cent of its energy mix from renewable sources by 2020. 

Green central heating subsidy may cause business energy prices to rise.

If a proposed green central heating subsidy comes into effect then the amount businesses pay for their business gas and electricity will increase, consumer watchdogs and business groups have claimed.

The renewable energy incentive, which will be introduced next April, will benefit people that install renewable heating devices, reports the Times.

But the equipment needed to reap the benefits of the incentive, which includes biomass boilers, solar-thermal water heaters or ground-source heat pump, is expensive and is only available for owner-occupiers.

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