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  • Toshiba and Abengoa win €600m contract to build Teeside biomass plant

    12 Aug 2015

    The world’s largest newly built Combined Heat and Power (CHP) biomass plant is to be constructed in Teeside. The plant will have a capacity of 299 MW and produce renewable electricity and heat at high efficiency for local industry, commercial and domestic customers. Developer MGT Teesside (a subsidiary of MGT Power) said the scheme would create 835 construction jobs with site preparation works expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016.

  • Rudd insists Government is "committed" to tackling climate change

    24 Jul 2015

    This week has been a sombre one for the renewables industry, with DECC revealing a host of new legislation which will cut subsidy spending on renewable energy. Here we outline what exactly these measures are and how they line up with Energy and Climate Change Secretary of State Amber Rudd’s renewed promises to tackle climate change.

  • DECC publishes consultation on removing pre-accrediation for FIT projects

    22 Jul 2015
    The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has published a consultation document today (22 July) which proposes to remove pre-accreditation for Feed In Tariff (FIT) projects. 
  • Subsidies “are not long-term answer” for low carbon economy

    21 Jul 2015

    Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Amber Rudd has said that the Government is committed to low-carbon energy, but that renewables will only be part of the future energy mix along with new nuclear and shale gas.

  • GIB investing £14.6m in Sheffield biomass plant

    21 Jul 2015

    The UK’s Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced it will part-fund the construction of a new £30 million community-scale biomass plant in Sheffield. Once operational the plant will generate 6.5 MW of renewable electricity and save approximately 12,700 tonnes of CO2e every year.

  • EU circular economy package debated

    21 Jul 2015

    The European Commission's forthcoming Circular Economy Package should consider decentralised and renewable energy, economic growth and voluntary agreements as a way of reducing waste in Europe, according to experts at a recent Parliamentary seminar in Westminster.

  • New reports highlight the threat of climate change – and the economic benefits of tackling it

    16 Jul 2015

    Three new reports on climate change have been published, which highlight the threat of short-term pollution, promote the economic benefits of tackling climate change and urge world leaders to place greater priority on assessing the risk from global warming.

  • Renewable Heat Incentive: Amendment regulations 2015

    16 Jul 2015

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced on Monday 6 July that it has made a number of amendments to the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

    The changes include: 

    • updated installer standards for heat pumps, solid biomass and solar thermal; 
    • a new methodology for calculating heat pump efficiency;
    • the introduction of a more accurate forecasting methodology to better reflect operational realities for biomethane plants. 
  • EU Parliament backs circular economy resolution

    13 Jul 2015

    The European Parliament has approved measures to produce binding waste reduction targets in Europe by the end of 2015. MEPs voted to pass a European circular economy report which called for a 30% increase in resource productivity by 2030. The move could create nearly two million jobs in the sector.

  • Drax shares tumble after Chancellor announces end of CCL exemption

    09 Jul 2015

    Shares in the biomass power producer Drax have fallen sharply by 28%, since George Osborne’s announcement yesterday that the Government will remove the Climate Change Levy (CCL) exemption for renewable electricity generated after 1 August 2015. After the Budget announcement yesterday (8 July), Drax said it expects pre-tax profits to fall by around £30 million this year and £60 million next year. 

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