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Saturday 16 December 2017
16 December 2017 - NEWS UPDATE
Renewable Energy

EU proposals would devastate UK biofuels industry, warns REA

The UK biofuels industry stands to be devastated by draft proposals being developed by the European Commission, claims the Renewable Energy Association (REA). If implemented, the proposals would shift the goalposts for the industry so dramatically that millions of pounds of investment could be wasted, including in the most advanced UK businesses.

Business

BT extends fibre broadband network in South West

BT has announced a further major investment in the South West by rolling out its £2.5 billion high-speed fibre broadband network to 129,000 more homes and businesses. The 24 latest communities to benefit, including Brimscombe, Clevedon, Combe Down, Dursley, Keynsham, Marlborough and Thornbury, are due to be upgraded in 2013.

Green Living

Miliband challenges Coalition to decarbonise power sector

Labour leader Ed Miliband has challenged the Coalition to commit to decarbonising the power sector by 2030. He said that at a time when the British economy is desperately in search of new sources of growth, the potential for a green industrial revolution is huge.

Green Living

New cash incentives for homeowners installing renewable heat

Plans to offer financial incentives to homeowners installing renewable heat technologies, such as biomass boilers and solar thermal panels were launched by Greg Barker today. The Climate Change Minister also published proposals to expand the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for commercial properties to include air source heat pumps for the first time.

Renewable Energy

Renewable power output rises, but South West lags behind rest of UK

UK renewable electricity generation increased 6.5 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2011, according to the latest statistics. But the South West lags behind the rest of the country in terms of total output.

Green Living

Work starts on South Devon College’s Energy Centre

Construction work has begun on South Devon College's Energy Centre, based on the Whiterock Business Park in Paignton. Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay, cut the turf to start the building following the approval of £2.5m ERDF funding.

Business

Scotland invests in green energy skills

Scotland has announced a Green Economy and Skills investment package, including £30 million for energy efficiency and low carbon schemes, and the creation of an Energy Skills Academy. The scheme will deliver a new employer recruitment initiative which will create up to 10,000 opportunities for small and medium enterprises to recruit young people.

Green Living

Communities should benefit from wind farms - Davey

Communities that host onshore wind farms could benefit from reduced electricity bills and investment in local infrastructure, Energy Secretary Edward Davey said today. Launching an eight-week call for evidence on the effect onshore wind has on communities, Mr Davey said the Government wanted to ensure that people living near to wind farms benefitted.