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  • 'Steamy showers': Australian Instagram influencers post on behalf of natural gas

    Former reality TV contestants promise ‘instant and long lasting hot water’ in campaign by gas company Jemena The natural gas giant Jemena has defended paying Instagram influencers, including former contestants of The Block, Married at First Sight and other reality TV shows, to promote […]

  • REA requests £2bn of extra subsidies for emerging renewable technologies

    The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has petitioned the government to make an extra £2 billion of annual subsidies available through future Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions, primarily to help develop emerging renewable technologies such as wave and tidal […]

  • Arenko sells battery to Gresham House to focus on automated trading software

    Arenko Group has agreed to sell its 41MW Bloxwich battery storage facility in the West Midlands to Gresham House Energy Storage Fund for £20.1 million. The proceeds will be invested in the AI-driven automated trading software Arenko has developed to operate the battery - a role it will […]

  • UK gives go-ahead to giant windfarm project off Norfolk coast

    1.8GW Vanguard project gets greenlight, with approval on 2.4GW Hornsea 3 expected in autumn The construction of two giant offshore windfarms is poised to go ahead off the Norfolk coast in what the renewable energy industry claims could provide a “huge boost” to the UK economy.The […]

  • Vattenfall cleared to build 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore windfarm

    Vattenfall has been granted a development consent order by business and energy secretary Alok Sharma to build the 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore windfarm. The installation will be located almost 50 kilometres off the coast and comprise up to 180 turbines with tip heights of up to 350 metres. The […]

  • Revealed: legislators’ pro-pipeline letters ghostwritten by fossil fuel company

    Letters by key legislators including North Dakota’s governor written by officials of MDU Resources, a subsidiary of WBI EnergyThis March, North Dakota’s governor, Doug Burgum, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Ferc) emphatically supporting the North Bakken […]

  • UK government development bank to end fossil fuel financing

    CDC Group’s climate strategy will stop support for most polluting projects in developing countriesThe UK government’s overseas development bank has bowed to calls to end fossil fuel financing abroad by promising to invest only in companies that align with the Paris climate agreement.The […]

  • NSW mine could face multimillion-dollar fine for allegedly breaching water law

    NSW independent water regulator has charged Whitehaven Coal over alleged breaches of the Water Management Act at Maules CreekA mine operator in north-west New South Wales could be facing a multimillion-dollar fine after allegedly taking water without a licence over three years.The state’s […]

  • Transport slump during lockdown reduced Australia's carbon pollution by 7% in April, but experts warn of rebound

    Exclusive: An audit shows the drop in carbon pollution was due to a decline in sales of fuel for light vehicles and domestic aviationGreenhouse gas emissions from Australian cars slumped by more than a third and emissions from aircraft dropped by three-quarters as the country went into partial […]

  • Deben: Government advisors don’t understand energy efficiency

    Resistance from the top echelons of government to a rapid rollout of energy efficiency measures reflects a lack of knowledge on the issue, Lord Deben has said. The Committee on Climate Change chair also called on BEIS to set up a mechanism to curb regulations that get in the way of the UK’s […]

  • #AskUsAnything: The investor view of the utilities sector post-Covid

    Our latest #AskUsAnything show will discuss the attractiveness of the UK utilities sector to investors, and ask how the pandemic has affected this. Dominic Nash, head of European utilities research at Barclays, Peter Antolik, of Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Lawrence Slade, CEO of the Global […]

  • Equinor to build hydrogen production plant near Hull

    Equinor has announced plans to build a hydrogen production facility as the first step towards creating a low-carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region. The Hydrogen to Humber Saltend project will see a 600MW auto thermal reformer installed at the Saltend Chemical Park near Hull. The post […]

  • RWE closes asset swap with Eon after absorbing Innogy’s renewable arm

    RWE has taken over Innogy’s renewable energy division, bringing a close to its wide-ranging asset swap deal with Eon. It leaves the company with a total generation portfolio in the UK of around 9.5GW, including more than 1.4GW of offshore wind and 667MW of onshore wind. The post RWE closes […]

  • Petrol sold to Nigeria from Europe 'dirtier' than black market 'bush' fuel

    Samples from illegal refineries in Niger delta found to be of a higher quality than imported petrol in new analysisBlack market fuel made from stolen oil in rudimentary “bush” refineries hidden deep in the creeks and swamps of the Niger delta is less polluting than the highly toxic […]

  • US shale gas giant brought down by big debts and oil slump

    Coronavirus lockdown was final straw for fracking pioneer Chesapeake EnergyThe collapse of Chesapeake Energy, one of the pioneers of the US shale industry, took few people by surprise. The embattled fracker slumped into bankruptcy weeks after the darkest month in oil market history, in a financial […]

  • 'New deal' risks fuelling emissions and eroding building standards

    Green campaigners and housing experts warn Boris Johnson’s recovery plan could swiftly become a liabilityBoris Johnson’s plan to build tens of thousands of new homes risks locking in high carbon emissions for decades to come, if they are built to today’s poor efficiency standards […]

  • Drax faces strike threats

    Workers at Drax Power Station are to vote on strike action in a dispute over redundancy terms for 230 employees. The post Drax faces strike threats appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Zero Carbon Commission calls for cross-sector carbon tax

    The Zero Carbon Commission has urged the government to introduce a gradually rising carbon tax across most sectors of the economy, growing from £55 per tonne in 2025 to £75 per tonne by 2030. It said there is strong support for decarbonisation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, […]

  • EDF links up with Octo Energy to build hybrid solar farms

    EDF Renewables has formed a new partnership with Octo Energy to build a series of hybrid solar farms with battery storage across England and Wales with a total capacity of 200MW. The agreement has been made as part of EDF’s plans to nearly double its renewable generation capacity from 28GW to […]

  • AGL says it will link bosses’ bonuses to lowering emissions

    Energy provider is first major Australian company to connect executive pay to net-zero goalAustralia’s largest domestic emitter of greenhouse gases, the energy provider AGL, is the first major company in the country to link managers’ bonuses to lowering emissions.AGL announced on […]

  • Snowy Hydro 2.0 wins final federal 'thumbs-up' – despite environmental fears

    $100m to be spent on conservation after critics expressed concerns for Kosciuszko national parkScott Morrison has announced federal approval for the Snowy 2.0 project in the closing days of the Eden-Monaro byelection campaign, declaring Snowy Hydro would spend $100m on measures aimed at allaying […]

  • How do you deal with 9m tonnes of suffocating seaweed?

    Across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, scientists are developing alternative sustainable solutions to the golden tide of SargassumThe Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, first detected by Nasa observation satellites in 2011 and now known to be the world’s largest bloom of seaweed, stretches […]

  • Democrats to unveil bold new climate plan to phase out emissions by 2050

    Report to outline aim to reduce emissions to 88% of 2010 levelsHuge sums for public transport and proposals for green vehicles House Democrats will unveil an aggressive climate crisis “action plan” on Tuesday to nearly eliminate US emissions by 2050, according to summary documents […]

  • America's coalminers call for urgent help amid Covid-19 and industry decline

    Thousands of jobs lost as economy shifts to renewable energy‘Our workforce has the skills needed to transform the economy’Coalmining communities have called for immediate action to stem the economic devastation wrought by the decline of coal, rising job losses and the coronavirus […]