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  • Picnics on the motorway: the first car-free Sundays – in pictures

    For three months from November 1973, the Dutch government banned cars on Sundays to curb oil consumption during the Opec energy crisis. City residents enjoyed picnics on empty motorways and got around on foot, by bike ... and on horseback Continue reading... […]

  • Gina Rinehart-backed Lakes Oil loses bid to have Victorian fracking ban overturned

    The Victorian company had planned to explore for conventional gas as well as coal seam gasA company part-owned by Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart has failed to have the Victorian government’s fracking ban overturned or to be awarded $2.7bn in damages.Between 2002 and 2013 two […]

  • Energy suppliers call for flexibility consumer protections

    Consumer protection regulations should be urgently updated and extended to households which want to exploit new flexibilities thrown up by the evolution of the energy market, suppliers have urged. The post Energy suppliers call for flexibility consumer protections appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Brookfield in talks to buy Moorside nuclear plant developer

    Toshiba is holding discussions with asset management giant Brookfield about taking its stake in the troubled Moorside nuclear project. The post Brookfield in talks to buy Moorside nuclear plant developer appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Energy branding: Big name hunters

    In a highly competitive market how do companies ensure their brand stands out? Utility Week talks to seven energy utilities about their strategies for developing trust and differentiation. The post Energy branding: Big name hunters appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Report calls for targeted investment to optimise hydrogen

    Using excess electricity generated by wind to manufacture hydrogen could currently only provide enough fuel to replace a tiny fraction of the natural gas used in domestic heating, a new report has warned. The post Report calls for targeted investment to optimise hydrogen appeared first on Utility […]

  • REA elects Good Energy founder Juliet Davenport to board

    Davenport, who was awarded an OBE for services to renewables in 2013, founded Good Energy in 1999. She has since been appointed to the board of the Natural Environment Research Council and most recently to the board of Innovate UK. The post REA elects Good Energy founder Juliet Davenport to board […]

  • What is a kilowatt hour? Your questions answered

    If you’ve looked at your energy bill lately, you’ve probably come across the term ‘kilowatt hour’. It’s a confusing piece of jargon that trips may people up. In this article, we’ll explain what a kilowatt hour is and answer some other common questions. What is a […]

  • Orsted sells half of Hornsea Project One offshore windfarm

    The project is located 120km off the coast of Yorkshire and will feature 174 of Siemens Gamesa’s 7MW SWT154 turbines - giving it a total capacity of 1,218MW. It will become the world’s largest offshore windfarm when it is commissioned in 2020. The post Orsted sells half of Hornsea […]

  • Shell and Exxon's secret 1980s climate change warnings | Benjamin Franta

    Newly found documents from the 1980s show that fossil fuel companies privately predicted the global damage that would be caused by their products.One day in 1961, an American economist named Daniel Ellsberg stumbled across a piece of paper with apocalyptic implications. Ellsberg, who was advising […]

  • Energy minister's electorate backs higher emissions reduction target, poll shows

    ReachTel poll of Angus Taylor’s voters finds 42.3% want Australia to cut emissions more deeplyMore voters in the electorate of the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, support an emissions reduction target for electricity and a higher national target than the Paris commitment than oppose those […]

  • UK and India hold talks on shared commitment to clean energy

    The post UK and India hold talks on shared commitment to clean energy appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Two directors quit key fracking firm amid 'Tory rebellion' claims

    Uncertainty around Third Energy’s North Yorkshire project blamed for resignationsThird Energy, one of the firms at the frontline of the UK’s fracking drive, has been hit by the departure of two of its directors due to delays over its flagship project in North Yorkshire. Campaigners said […]

  • UK wind power hits 20 GW milestone

    The United Kingdom has his a historic wind energy milestone, reaching a total installed capacity of 20 gigawatts. The opening of the Walney Extension off the coast of Cumbria earlier this month tipped the total over the 20 GW mark. Wind power is the biggest source of renewable energy in the UK, […]

  • Coal resurgence risks reversing decline in emissions

    A resurgence in coal generation driven by rising gas prices could lead to the first year-on-year increase in power sector emissions in more than half a decade, a new report has warned. The post Coal resurgence risks reversing decline in emissions appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Gulf petrodollars are a destructive addiction – the UK must kick the habit | David Wearing

    The flow of Gulf capital into Britain stifles the development of more sound economic policies and keeps us too close to some of the world’s worst regimesThis month marks 10 years since the financial crisis turned into a full-blown crash, and 10 years since the purchase of Manchester City […]

  • Coalition won't replace renewables target after it winds down in 2020

    ‘We will reach the 26% emission reduction target without additional intervention,’ minister saysThe energy minister, Angus Taylor, says the Morrison government will not be replacing the renewable energy target “with anything” after it winds down in 2020.Taylor confirmed […]

  • Adani coalmine: full environmental statement not required to expand dam 450%

    Green groups say the federal government decision amounts to ‘preferential treatment’ The federal government has ruled the Indian mining company Adani does not have to complete a full environmental impact statement for its application to drastically expand a dam and build a pipeline for […]

  • Steep emissions reductions targets won't drive up power bills, modelling shows

    Exclusive: Research finds claims emissions targets make electricity more expensive are misguidedEmissions reduction targets, even relatively ambitious ones, will not drive up power prices for Australian consumers, according to new research from the Australian Council of Social Service (Acoss) and […]

  • UK hits 20GW wind generation capacity milestone

    The UK has hit 20GW of wind generation capacity following last week’s opening of the world's biggest windfarm off the coast of Cumbria. The post UK hits 20GW wind generation capacity milestone appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • 6 Products You Didn’t Know Had Sustainable Alternatives

    More and more sustainable alternatives are becoming widely available for many common goods. Check out this list to see what items you can exchange for an eco-friendly alternative. Read the full article: 6 Products You Didn’t Know Had Sustainable Alternatives […]

  • The Real Cost of Technology and Why You Should Recycle Responsibly

    Toxic materials such as mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, chromium and other components of electronics contaminate both the environment and harm the workers processing them. By recycling old electronics locally and responsibly, we make sure that toxic waste is not contributing to […]

  • 5 Reasons Laser Technology is Better for the Environment

    While many people don’t associate laser technology with environmental health, lasers actually offer many ecological benefits over their competitors. Read the full article: 5 Reasons Laser Technology is Better for the Environment […]

  • Coal comeback could drive up UK energy emissions – report

    Extra coal-burning may lead to problems meeting binding carbon targetsBritain’s ability to meet its emissions targets is being challenged by a comeback for coal power stations that threatens to drive up the energy sector’s carbon emissions for the first time in six years.Coal plants […]