November 27th, 2015

Something in the air? The Autumn Statement and pollution


by Dominic Hogg


Wednesday’s joint spending review and Autumn statement (SRAS) ought to give us some insight into the George Osborne’s thinking about the current and future state of the economy, and his priorities for how it should be managed. So what environmental and other implications can we infer from the document and the decisions within it?

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July 3rd, 2015

Taking the wind out of electricity sales


by Chloe Bines and Adam Baddeley


The new Conservative Government has wasted no time in implementing its manifesto pledge to end subsidies for onshore wind. Just six weeks into her tenure as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd announced that the Renewable Obligation (RO) would close a year early for onshore wind projects and strongly hinted that action would also be taken to curtail support for the technology under both the small-scale Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and the new Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme for larger scale projects. Meanwhile, the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, was busy announcing new planning considerations that will make it significantly harder for onshore wind projects to gain planning consent.

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July 18th, 2014

CfD FiTs: CHP-ing away at DECC’s biomass strategy?

Photo by Rick Kimpel, via Wikimedia Commons.

by Adam Baddeley


Is the Government’s approach to the use of biomass to meet our power needs in danger of being subverted? The renewable energy sector is a dense thicket of acronyms, denoting the range of subsidies and contracting mechanisms being used to provide support to the various technologies being used to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. In the case of biomass, there appears to be a real risk that both investors and the Government may be uncertain about the overall effect of these complex rules, which risk undermining the policy position that has been settled on.

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April 17th, 2014

Let’s make community energy EIS-y


by Jonathan Johns


Nobody could have mistaken Budget 2014 for the greenest budget ever. A few of the disappointments for those interested in promoting green energy were headline news, but others have taken a little time to emerge. For example, in the Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates document published alongside the budget, paragraph 1.59 stated:

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January 7th, 2013

CRC reform lets through a ray of light

Wind Turbine at Croda Chemical Works, Hull

by Jonathan Johns


One of the less remarked upon but highly significant changes announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was a simplification of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). While the changes may appeal on the grounds of a claimed £272m reduction in compliance and reporting costs, they do nothing to stimulate renewed interest in on-site renewable energy generation by businesses, and need urgent revision if they are not to act as a disincentive.

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November 30th, 2011

Slurry seems to be the hardest word

Peter Jones

by Peter Jones


A talk by Helen Browning, CEO of the Soil Association, on 2 November left me pondering the problems of farming and waste.  Helen is a compelling speaker and, despite battling the after-effects of a cold, tackled a lot of topics with energy and thoughtfulness.

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September 7th, 2011

Where are all the AD facilities?

Eunomia staff 2011

by Adam Baddeley


The question everyone is asking around anaerobic digestion (AD) is why, with positive incentives (ROCs, FITs, RHI etc), and with the political parties seemingly aligned in their support of the technology, is the pace of development not more rapid?

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