Government urged to act on Carbon

The first budget of the new Parliment must include a floor price mechanism to underpin the carbon price set by European carbon trading and influential coalition of businesses green groups and individuals has urged.

The call came from Aldergate group in a report that warned the Enviromental deficit posed a greater threat to future Uk prosperity than the finacial deficit.

Green Energy 'feed in tarriff' fails to impress

The UK government plans to reward eco friendly households for the green electricity they produce.  The scheme has already been critised for not being generous enough to those wishing to take part.

The clean energy cashback plan, known as 'feed in tarriffs' will offer incentives from april for households who install solar panels or small scale wind turbines.

At present the Uk recieves 5.5% of its electricity from renewable resources.  For the Uk to hit its ambitious target green targets this would need to increase to 30% renewable energy within 10 years.

Poor energy useage is leading to companies wasting billions

Small to medium sized business are failing to release potional saving from energy effieciency.  The Carbon trust survey shows business could cut up to 30% from their energy costs.

The Carbon Trust run a survey on 700 small to medium sized businesses (SME) which have a spend of between 50,000 and 3 million pound a year on energy.

Companies could reduce their collective energy cost by 3 billion pound a year.  The carbon trust can help them to cut there cost through free onsite consultation, actions plans and interest free loans for energy effiecient equipment and schemes.

Gas Storage Scheme Blocked

Plans to build the UK's largest onshore gas storage facility have been blocked by Lancashire Council despite mounting worry over the UK's security of Energy Supplies.

Rejecting Canatxx £350 million gas storage project would deeply embarras the Conservative Party who run the council.  The conservative party have been publically attacking the government over the lack of gas storage in the Uk in the wake of the freezing weather.

Legal Challenge to Government Nuclear plan

Friends of the Earth have threatened to legally chanllenge the government over its "fudamently flawed" plans to approve hundres of power plants, wind farms nuclear rectors, pipelines and pylons accross the UK.

Friends of the Earth have written to the energy secetary Ed Milliband advising him that the governments planning statement issued in November breach enviroment regulations.  Friends of the Earth are also supported in this actions by conversation groups WWF and RSPB

Mothball coal fired power plants to keep lights on say Eon Chief

Eon Energy's Chief Excutive has urged the government the government to make ageing coal fired power stations exempted from enviromental regulations to save the lights from going out.

Paul Golby has said that some coal and oil fired plants which are due to close this decade due to European pollution targets should remain opperational and ready to be used during periods of peak electricity demand such as been seen in the last couple of weeks.

A few oil and coal power plants could be mothballed to be used for a couple of days each year during peak demand.

New rules for Energy Supplies to end bad practice

New rules that offer better protection to small business energy customers came into force this week.

The regulations are part of a package of remedies Ofgem announced it would introduce following its probe into energy retail market.

Under the new measures, suppliers must

Energy Sectors lukewarm response to pre Budget Measures

Last Weeks pre budget report announcement by the chancellor Alister Darling recieved a lukewarm response from the energy sector.   The energy sector had hoped for a greater stimulus for green energy and more measures to fight fuel poverty.

Alister Darling committed the government to a competition next year for three more carbon capture and storage demonstration projects, and to continued support for offshore wind at two Renewable Obligation Certifcates per megawatt hour for accredited schemes until 2014.

Ten sites approved for Nuclear Power Plants

Ten of the eleven sites nominated by the industry as potentially suitable for new nuclear power stations have received government approval, ministers revealed this week.

Dungeness in Kent was the only location nominated that failed to make the final cut. It was not listed in the draft nuclear National Policy Statement (NPS) because ministers did not consider that the potential environmental impacts at this site could be mitigated. The administration also had concerns about coastal erosion and associated flood risk at the site on the Kent coast.

Energy Bill outlined in Queens Speech

The government has confirmed that there will be both an Energy Bill and a Flood and Water Management Bill in the legislative programme for the coming Parliamentary session.
Both bills were highlighted in the Queen's Speech today after the State Opening of Parliament. 
The energy legislation will require mandatory social price support (possible in the form of a bill rebate) to help vulnerable households and help combat fuel poverty.