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Government announces smaller than expected cuts to Feed-in Tariff

The Government has provided some Christmas cheer to the renewable energy industry after confirming cuts to the Feed-in Tariff will be less than first feared. The new measures announced today are to deal with the projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies following recent consultations. In the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) review consultation officials at the Department […]

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Industry reacts to Govt support for Renewable Heat Incentive

The renewable energy industry has given a mixed response to details of the Government’s Spending Review that included sizeable funding for the Renewable Heat Incentive. Chancellor George Osborne used his Autumn Statement to announce that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will continued with fresh cash backing until 2020. The RHI will provide £1.15 billion of […]

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Industry slams Rudd’s energy ‘reset’ speech

Energy secretary Amber Rudd has been condemned by the renewables sector for an over-reliance on fossil fuels in her plans for the UK’s future energy mix. The headline announcement of Ms Rudd’s ‘energy reset’ speech this week was the government’s intention to phase out all coal-fired generation within the next 10 years, as it seeks […]

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Schools help launch Mitsubishi eco competition

Pupils from schools in Hertfordshire have taken part in a special eco competition launch at the Hatfield headquarters of Mitsubishi Electric. The Eco School Competition has seven challenges for pupils who wish to win a prize of £2,000 worth of environmental resources for their school. The competition, which has been created by Mitsubishi Electric under […]

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Sector reacts to non domestic RHI changes

DECC’s announcement to extend the non domestic RHI to incorporate air source heat pumps has been widely welcomed by the industry. The extension of the non domestic RHI (phase two) also see significant increases to tariffs for GSHPs (from 4.3p/kWh to 8.4p/kWh), large biomass, solar thermal and deep geothermal, which all come into effect this […]

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Government green lights first renewable CfD projects

The government has given the go ahead to the first eight large scale renewables projects under its recent electricity market reforms. The projects are estimated to provide up to £12bn of private investment and will support 8,500 jobs. Once built, the successful projects will contribute around 15TWh or 14 percent of the renewable electricity expected […]

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Government urged to commit to RHI launch date

Navitron is calling for the government to end uncertainty in the solar thermal industry and make a New Year resolution to commit to a Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launch date. Steve Knight, Navitron’s commercial director, says the scheme’s introduction is vital in order to give solar thermal the same advantage its PV counterpart has […]

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RHI funding row exposed in Northern Ireland

BS Holdings is calling on Northern Ireland’s Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment to reverse its decision to allow the delay of biomass applications to the province’s RHI register if applicants are in receipt of a Carbon Trust interest free loan. The impasse has exposed a grey area in Northern Ireland’s RHI regulations which permit […]

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REA welcomes biomass sustainability criteria

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has welcomed the government’s new sustainability criteria for biomass power and CHP, published today. The criteria is designed to ensure that only projects with strong ecological protections and high carbon savings can be supported under the Renewables Obligation (RO) and count towards renewable energy targets. However, the REA is also urging government […]

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Energy Efficiency Installer website goes live

The Energy Efficiency Installer website is now live. A sister title to REI, the only magazine to have formed a partnership with MCS, Energy Efficiency Installer covers news, technology and legislation within the energy efficiency and the Green Deal sectors. Energy Efficiency Installer magazine will be launched later in the year. In the mean time […]

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