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Solar Subsidies to End as Government Seeks to Control Costs
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Financial support for many new solar farms will end under the Government's new plans. The Department for Energy and Climate Change has dealt another series of blows to the renewable energy industry with fresh proposals to cease financial support for solar and biomass conversion plants and amend the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for smaller projects. The announcements were made by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, as part of new measures to deal with a projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies through...

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Amber Rudd Lays Out DECC’s Priorities for 2015 and Beyond
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UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has answered crucial questions on the Government's approach to energy efficiency, fracking, renewable energy subsidies and climate change. Rudd was questioned by the Energy and Climate Change Committee in Parliament as part of the Committee’s inquiry into DECC's priorities for 2015. The Secretary of State and her Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove discussed plans to meet long-term renewables and decarbonisation targets and the level of ambition that will be taken to the UN climate change conference...

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Lack of Policy Consistency Hinders Creation of Low Carbon Economy
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George Osbourne recently announced the Government’s decision to cancel renewable electricity sources exemption from the Climate Change Levy – a move that is estimated to cost green energy producers around £450m in the current financial year, according to trade association RenewableUK. In June the government also announced its intention to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms by legislating to close the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain to new onshore wind generating stations from 01 April 2016. Yet onshore...

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Government Consultation on Business Energy Tax Landscape – Tell us your Views
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In this week’s budget, the Government announced its intention to review the business energy tax landscape to consider approaches to simplify and improve the effectiveness of the regime. The review will include the Climate Change Levy, CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and Climate Change Agreements. The Government has stated that it will launch a formal public consultation in the autumn which will be led by the Treasury. We are aware that clarification from businesses is currently being sought in relation to...

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Scotland’s EPC Regulations Will Be More Stringent than in England and Wales
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Scotland's commercial property market is about to be hit with stringent requirements as compulsion looms on energy efficiency. Sometimes the effects of property legislation only becomes apparent many years down the line – this is certainly the case for the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Whilst legislation has already been enacted in England, Scotland is somewhat lagging behind as the deadline for compliance gets closer. The Scottish Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations are soon to reach consultation stage...

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Energy Legislation Double Bill – Save the Date
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Institute of Directors, London SAVE THE DATE:  22 September 2015, 08:00-12:00     Following on from the success of our last double bill event in June, we will be hosting our next morning of breakfast debate in September and would be delighted if you could join us. The agenda will consist of: 08:00  Breakfast 08:30  Seminar 10:00  Energy Legislation Forum (ELF): Sharing knowledge, experience and best practice 12:00  Close Our last seminar saw the Department of Energy and Climate Change discuss the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for privately-let commercial and...

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World Leaders at G-7 Summit Back 2° Target to Fight Climate Change
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World leaders at the G-7 summit pledged on Monday to keep global warming below a rise in average global temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius, a benchmark that scientists say is critical to stave off the most devastating impacts of climate change. The 2 degree pledge was delivered as part of a communiqué released as major economic powers—including the United States, Britain, and Canada—convened in southern Germany for a meeting of the G-7 economic summit. In addition to signalling support for efforts...

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Cuts to solar tariffs ruled unlawful
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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has lost its latest appeal in a case brought to the High Court by solar companies seeking damages from changes to renewable energy subsidies.   On 28th April, the Court of Appeal published a judgement which backed the position of 19 solar PV businesses affected by cuts to the feed-in tariff (FITs) regime. The case is based around DECC’s proposal in October 2011 to halve solar FITs for domestic projects from up...

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UK Government must act on air pollution
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The Supreme Court has ruled that the UK government must take immediate action on air pollution.   The judgment was handed down on 29th April, after the case began in the Supreme Court on 16th April. The challenge was brought by environmental lawyer organisation ClientEarth over the government’s failure to meet EU air pollution limits. DEFRA must now develop revised air quality plans by the end of the year.   This follows the landmark ruling by the Court of Justice...

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Energy, Climate Change and the Queen’s Speech
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The Government has set out its early priorities for the new Parliament. The priorities for DECC are clear: keeping the lights on and powering the economy; keeping bills low and getting a robust climate deal in Paris this year. In the Queens speech, the plan to deliver this was outlined.  It was observed that the UK is one of the most energy secure countries in the world. The National Grid has the right tools in place to deal with the...

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