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  • Sámi reindeer herders file lawsuit against Norway windfarm

    Indigenous communities say planned Øyfjellet turbines will interfere with migration pathsIndigenous reindeer herders are bringing a legal action against a proposed wind power project that would be one of the largest in Norway.The Sámi herders from Nordland county are accusing the […]

  • Octopus launches time-of-use tariff tied to wind turbines

    Octopus Energy has launched a new time-of-use tariff that is only available to people living nearby to two wind turbines bought by the company and enables them to receive cheaper electricity when it is windy. The 500kW turbines, located at Caerphilly in South Wales and Market Weighton in Yorkshire, […]

  • Biden to cancel $9bn Keystone XL pipeline's permit, says source

    Rescinding permit is on list of executive actions thought to be scheduled for first day in officeJoe Biden is planning to cancel the permit for the $9bn Keystone XL pipeline project as one of his first acts as president, perhaps as soon as his first day in office, according to a source familiar […]

  • Weekend press round-up: EDF plans Pod Point float

    In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, EDF is said to be drawing up plans for a stock market flotation of EV charging infrastructure specialist, Pod Point. Meanwhile, scientists have hit back at claims carbon capture represents a risky approach to decarbonisation […]

  • Carbon capture is vital to meeting climate goals, scientists tell green critics

    Supporters insist that storage technology is not a costly mistake but the best way for UK to cut emissions from heavy industryEngineers and geologists have strongly criticised green groups who last week claimed that carbon capture and storage schemes – for reducing fossil fuel emissions […]

  • Renewable developer sounds alarm over network charging reforms

    Octopus Renewables has raised concerns over Ofgem’s ongoing review of forward-looking network charges and the regulator’s apparent desire to expose more distributed generators to transmission fees. Investment director David Bird said ending the exemption for embedded generators would […]

  • GHG ‘having opposite effect’ of good intentions

    Boris Johnson has been pressed to further extend the Green Homes Grant by the chair of the House of Commons environment audit committee, who has claimed that delays issuing the scheme’s vouchers are leading energy efficiency installers to cut jobs. The prime minister responded that the […]

  • SSE appeals withdrawal of residual transmission credit for generators

    SSE has lodged an appeal with the Competition and Market Authority against Ofgem’s recent approval of a code modification removing residual transmission charges from generators. The company said the modification is based on “flawed and incorrect technical application of the rules and […]

  • 2021 – the year to answer the difficult questions

    As we begin the run-up to COP26, Joshua Atkins, head of public affairs at Energy Networks Association, looks at what 2021 might have in store for the energy industry. The post 2021 – the year to answer the difficult questions appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • ‘Water finally has a seat at the table’

    The COP26 conference presents an opportunity for the UK water sector to showcase its decarbonisation ambitions to the rest of the world, according to the industry’s trade body. However, Samuel Larsen, Water UK's programme lead on Net Zero 2030 Roadmap, told Utility Week that the sector must […]

  • On the Move: Thames Water, UKEF renewables, Sigma

    In our latest round up of utility sector appointments Thames Water welcomes a former Ofgem senior partner as non-executive director, while a new post has been created at the UK Export Finance to help energy companies in the north secure finance and insurance. The post On the Move: Thames Water, […]

  • Revealed: business secretary accepted donations from fossil fuel investors

    Exclusive: Kwasi Kwarteng accepted funding as part of 2019 election bid despite Tories’ green pledgesThe UK’s new business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, accepted substantial donations from fossil fuel investors and advisers as part of his 2019 general election campaign, despite the […]

  • Western Australia LNG plant faces calls to shut down until faulty carbon capture system is fixed

    Environmental groups blast state government for failure to penalise Chevron’s Gorgon plant for increased greenhouse gas emissionsGreenhouse gas emissions from Chevron’s Gorgon LNG facility have increased because the company’s carbon capture system is not working properly, meaning […]

  • 'Carbon-neutrality is a fairy tale': how the race for renewables is burning Europe's forests

    Wood pellets are sold as a clean alternative to coal. But is the subsidised bioenergy boom accelerating the climate crisis?Kalev Järvik stands on a bald patch of land in the heart of Estonia’s Haanja nature reserve and remembers when he could walk straight from one side of the reserve to […]

  • Stark: White paper ‘fails to address lifestyle changes’

    The energy white paper is weak on the steps required to encourage members of the public to embrace decarbonised lifestyles, the chief executive of the Climate Change Committee has told MPs. The BEIS select committee also heard from the chief executive of Energy UK and the Decarbonised Gas […]

  • How to fix megaprojects (and all capital projects that matter)

    Less than one per cent of megaprojects deliver the promised benefits on time and on budget. Download this report from Vision to learn why they go wrong, how you can fix them and why the fix works. The report also explores how these lessons can be applied to all capital projects of scale. The post […]

  • BlackRock holds $85bn in coal despite pledge to sell fossil fuel shares

    Loophole means asset manager can hold shares in firms earning less than a quarter of revenues from coalBlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, holds investments worth $85bn in coal companies, a year after it promised to sell most of its shares in producers of the fossil fuel.A loophole […]

  • US greenhouse gas emissions fell 10% in 2020 as Covid curbed travel

    But emissions reductions came at huge cost and will likely rebound as vaccines are distributed, authors of report sayPlanet-heating emissions in the US fell by more than 10% in 2020, a record drop generated by extraordinary reductions in travel and industrial activity in the teeth of the […]

  • NSW coal-fired power plant chosen as site of Australia's biggest battery

    Analysts say Origin’s plan for 700MW battery at Lake Macquarie Eraring power station and Neoen’s proposal for a 500MW storage project near Lithgow will accelerate the state’s energy transitionTwo new large-scale batteries that would be Australia’s biggest battery storage […]

  • Chinese nuclear firm told it must resolve Bradwell safety issues

    Disposal of radioactive waste is one of six issues to be addressed before plant in Essex can go aheadThe Environment Agency has told the Chinese nuclear developer behind plans to build a new reactor in Essex that it must resolve at least six safety issues before it can move forward.The issues […]

  • Harmful effects of wood burners need further study | Letter

    In response to articles on the risk of air pollution from wood-burning stoves, Simon Tate tested his own, but was surprised at the resultsAs an owner of a wood burner, your articles (Wood burners triple harmful indoor air pollution, study finds, 18 December; Avoid using wood burning stoves if […]

  • The curse of 'white oil': electric vehicles' dirty secret – podcast

    The race is on to find a steady source of lithium, a key component in rechargeable electric car batteries. But while the EU focuses on emissions, the lithium gold rush threatens environmental damage on an industrial scale. By Oliver Balch. Continue reading... […]

  • Prince Charles urges businesses to sign Terra Carta pledge to put planet first

    Magna Carta-style project aims to ‘bring prosperity into harmony with nature’Prince Charles is urging businesses to invest in the health of the planet and people at the launch of a sustainable finance charter backed by several international institutions.Evoking the history of Magna […]

  • Shareholders push HSBC to cut exposure to fossil fuels

    Europe’s second-largest financier of fossil fuels faces a vote to ramp up its climate commitmentsHSBC could be forced to slash its exposure to fossil fuels – starting with coal – from next year, after an influential group of investors filed a shareholder vote urging the bank to […]