Public Accounts Committee launches inquiry into Levy Control Framework & receives response to household energy efficiency inquiry, 11 November 2016

The influential Public Accounts Committee has launched a new inquiry into the Levy Control Framework (LCF) and is accepting written evidence until 22 November. The committee will be holding its first session as part of the inquiry on 30 November. The inquiry follows on from the National Audit Office’s report into the LCF, published last month, which highlighted a number of failures in the LCF and how it has been managed by government.Read more

Devon County Council protests solar business rates hike, 10 November 2016

Devon County Council has called on ministers to raise the issue of proposed increases in business rates applied to solar installations, claiming the plans will have “a profound effect” on its own plans to install solar.Read more

Defra proposals to control NOx emissions from small generators, 16 November 2016

Defra published a consultation on proposals to introduce tight limits on NOx emissions from small scale generation (i.e. with a capacity of 1-50MWth). The consultation closes on 8th February 2017.Read more

Carnegie Wave Energy receives £9.6m European Regional Development Fund grant for first international export CETO project in the United Kingdom, 6 November 2016

Leading wave energy developer, Carnegie Wave Energy Limited (ASX: CWE) is pleased to announce it has been granted £9,551,962 from the European Regional Development Fund to support the first phase of its planned 15MW commercial wave energy project at Wave Hub, Cornwall in the United Kingdom.Read more

NIC ‘disappointed’ with government progress on smart power and storage, 04 November 2016

The chief executive of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has expressed his disappointment over how long it's taking the government to respond to the NIC’s Smart Power report and its recommendations for electricity storage systems.Read more

Largest Community Energy Solar Project in the UK Acquired, 03 November 2016

Leapfrog Finance funds acquisition of Verdant CIC (9.3MW) by Communities for Renewables from Gamma Energy.Read more

Certificates of success at Green PEA, 10 October 2016

Green PEA, the energy certification scheme aimed at reducing carbon emissions for local businesses and supported by the Borough of Poole and Christchurch & East Dorset Councils, has presented certificates to two major employers in the area, for their continued involvement and support in the scheme.Read more

Are you helping to create a low-carbon UK? The Ashden Awards are now open for entries, 20 September 2016

The Ashden Awards are a nationally recognised highly prized awards scheme which rewards outstanding sustainable energy programmes and enterprises with a prize fund of £10,000, business support and sharing of expertise through an elite alumni network. Previous UK Award winners include Open Energi, Greater London Authority and Low Carbon Hub. The call for entries for the 2017 Awards is now open and closes on 8 November.Read more

The renewables revolution comes to Lawrence Weston with Bristol Energy Co-op solar switch-on, 28 June 2016

Bristol Energy Cooperative’s (BEC) new solar farm in Lawrence Weston has been switched on and is generating electricity.Read more

Green Acorn becomes distributor with Powervault to provide residential energy storage, 13 June 2016

Green Acorn Energy Solutions has agreed to distribute Powervault’s home energy storage system.Read more