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  • Labour manifesto promises 1m green jobs to tackle climate crisis

    Party wants UK workers to take advantage of opportunities in a global green economy worth £3tnLabour is promising to create 1m green jobs in the energy sector and through nationwide home refurbishments in a bid to tackle the climate crisis.Environmental protection is expected to be a central […]

  • Consumers will pay the price for short-term thinking on electricity, energy suppliers warn

    Business and consumer groups say ‘an unobtainable goal of 100% reliability’ will impose massive cost increases on usersEnergy users and suppliers have warned ministers that consumers will pay the price if they go overboard reworking the reliability standard in the national electricity […]

  • Importance of gas to energy security ‘cannot be overlooked’

    Gas users and developers have laid out a three-point plan to ward off the threat of greater energy price volatility. The post Importance of gas to energy security ‘cannot be overlooked’ appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • China's appetite for coal power returns despite climate pledge

    Capacity rose by 42.9GW in 18 months, far outpacing global efforts to cut use of fossil fuelChina’s growing appetite for new coal-fired power stations has outstripped plant closures in the rest of the world since the start of last year, data shows.Elsewhere countries reduced their capacity by […]

  • A manifesto for progress

    As we launch our election 2019 call to a new government, Utility Week magazine editor, Suzanne Heneghan outlines why we need a manifesto for progress. The post A manifesto for progress appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Market shake-up needed to attract required investment in renewables

    The UK will not be able to meet its long-term emissions targets unless the government does “something” to support renewables, the head of Aurora Energy Research has warned. The post Market shake-up needed to attract required investment in renewables appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Billionaires invest in giant Australian solar farm to supply power to Singapore

    Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest joins Mike Cannon-Brookes to raise tens of millions of dollars for Sun CableThe mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has joined fellow billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes in raising tens of millions of dollars to build a giant solar […]

  • North Sea oilfields could help contain climate change, says report

    Offshore infrastructure in place to store carbon emissions under seabed, new report heraldsNorth Sea oil executives believe the ageing fossil fuel basin may still lead a global climate revolution by providing a testbed for clean energy breakthroughs.An industry report has revealed that the North […]

  • UW Election Manifesto: Sector’s voice must be heard above the chaos

    With three weeks to go until an election that could have major ramifications for the industry, Utility Week is sending a message to whoever forms the next government. Today we launch a series of pledges and policy areas which we will lobby the next government to implement. They cover energy and […]

  • Renewable investors regain interest in UK

    Renewable investment is “picking up pace” despite uncertainty over the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU, according to the latest edition of EY’s biannual Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index. The UK has swapped places with Japan to retake seventh position in […]

  • ESO’s Fintan Slye on three steps to an energy system that works for all

    Fintan Slye, director of National Grid’s System Operator (ESO), outlines policy areas which he believes political parties should be focussing on, if they are to push forward the country’s clean energy transition. The post ESO’s Fintan Slye on three steps to an energy system that […]

  • Greens see no role for gas in heating overhaul

    Wind power would provide around 70 per cent of the UK’s electricity needs by 2030, the Green Party has pledged in its manifesto which also sees no need for any form of gas when heating is being replaced. The post Greens see no role for gas in heating overhaul appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Bill Gates backs startup using sunlight to create 1,000C-plus heat

    Heliogen uses mirrors to concentrate solar energy that can power heavy industryBill Gates is backing a new venture which aims to turn sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1,000C that could help replace fossil fuels.The world’s richest man is joining investors behind Heliogen, the first […]

  • ACT warns Angus Taylor against division and deal-making at key Coag energy meeting

    United approach to energy security and hydrogen power needed at ministerial meeting, says ACTThe Morrison government should be implementing a coherent national plan to secure Australia’s energy future rather than cutting a series of deals with states it regards as friendly, according to the […]

  • ENA calls for mandatory hydrogen boilers

    The Energy Networks Association has urged the next government to commit to immediate action on boosting the amount of green gas on the network. The ENA has published its manifesto on the same day the CBI issued its own wishlist. The post ENA calls for mandatory hydrogen boilers appeared first on […]

  • Renewable energy: climate crisis 'may have triggered faster wind speeds'

    Windfarms could be able to generate more energy due to phenomenon, says reportThe global climate crisis could lead to more renewable electricity being generated by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according to research.Scientists have discovered that […]

  • Reversal of global wind speed decline set to continue over next decade

    Global wind speeds have increased rapidly since 2010, a new study has found, reversing a 30-year decline that it was feared could diminish renewable generation if it continued as previously anticipated. The post Reversal of global wind speed decline set to continue over next decade appeared first […]

  • Labour will not target net zero emissions by 2030

    Labour will not completely decarbonise the power sector by 2030, despite its party conference vote to push for net zero emissions by that date, a member of the shadow cabinet has said. It will instead seek to deliver 90 per cent of electricity generation from renewable sources by the end of the […]

  • Victoria asks Angus Taylor to fast-track work on Snowy-Melbourne energy line

    State minister says she wants to work on underwriting new power generation and KerangLink is ‘vital’Victoria has asked the Morrison government to fast-track work on the KerangLink – a transmission line increasing power transfer capability between the Snowy area and Melbourne […]

  • How do the parties propose to tackle the climate crisis?

    Election contenders have been setting out plans to win over voters concerned about the environmentLabour’s “green new deal” – or “green industrial revolution” – puts a radical environmental plan at the heart of the party’s election offer. It proposes […]

  • Are the Tories' green commitments all talk and little action?

    Conservative environmental policies since 2010 have been characterised by confusion and mixed messagesScientists and climate advisers condemn Tory recordHow do the parties propose to tackle the climate crisis?Just after calling the general election, Boris Johnson’s government made two almost […]

  • Power to the people: how suburban solar could become the Uber of the energy grid

    Australians are embracing the ‘virtual power plant’, which advocates say can protect the grid, save money and combat the climate crisisPower to the people might remain a political pipe dream, but changes taking place in the energy market across Australia are making suburban homeowners […]

  • European Investment Bank to phase out fossil fuel financing

    EU’s lending arm to become first ‘climate bank’ by ending financing of oil, gas and coal projects after 2021The European Investment Bank has agreed to phase out its multibillion-euro financing for fossil fuels within the next two years to become the world’s first […]

  • Methane emissions from coalmines could stoke climate crisis – study

    Millions of tonnes belched into atmosphere as bad as shipping and aviation emissions combined, researchers findThe methane emissions leaking from the world’s coalmines could be stoking the global climate crisis at the same rate as the shipping and aviation industries combined.Coalmines are […]