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    DECC announces shortlist for next-stage CCS demonstrators(30/10/2012)

    Four bidders have been short listed from a total of eight bids for the next phase of the UK’s £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) competition.

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    DECC confirms support for small-scale renewable technologies(03/10/2012)

    Businesses will still be able to get support for small scale renewable technologies between 50kW and 5MW under the government’s Renewables Obligation (RO).

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    Government sets aside £16m for carbon cutting entrepreneurs(28/08/2012)

    Low carbon innovation has been given a cash injection with the launch of a £16m fund for entrepreneurs to develop new ideas.

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    'TINAs' turn heads in the low-carbon arena(16/08/2012)

    Low carbon technologies have been put under the spotlight with the publication of three in-depth reports into key areas of innovation.

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    Pentland Firth and Orkney waters get onboard with marine power(30/07/2012)

    The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters in the North of Scotland have confirmed their place on the global marine energy map as the area is designated a Marine Energy Park.

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    DECC fixes renewable energy subsidies(25/07/2012)

    The Banding Review for the Renewables Obligation – the government’s main mechanism for supporting large-scale renewables – has been decided for the period 2013-17.

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    Further 1GW of offshore wind power gets go-ahead(09/07/2012)

    The government has given consent for the construction of two wind farms off the Norfolk Coast with a combined capacity of over 1GW. This means that 6.6GW of offshore wind power is now either operational, under construction or consented in the UK. The two wind farms at Race Bank (580MW) and Dudgeon (560MW) in the Greater Wash could generate enough electricity to power around 730,000 homes. The projects represent around £3bn of investment.

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    Offshore wind industry to slash costs by over 30% in next seven years(13/06/2012)

    A new report from the industry-led Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force (CRTF) shows that the UK is on course to reduce the cost of electricity from offshore wind substantially over the next seven years. The report builds on detailed evidence in a study published simultaneously by The Crown Estate, to show how reductions can be achieved, setting out specific actions to drive costs down by over 30%.

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    Deep geothermal resource has potential to produce up to 20% of UK electricity(01/06/2012)

    A new independent technical report on the potential to generate heat and electricity in the UK from deep geothermal has been published by engineering consultants Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM). It concludes that deep geothermal resources could provide 9.5GW of baseload renewable electricity – equivalent to nearly nine nuclear power stations – which could generate 20% of the UK’s current annual electricity consumption.

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    £20m marine energy scheme now open for business(05/04/2012)

    The government has launched its £20m Marine Energy Array Demonstrator scheme (MEAD), which will support up to two pre-commercial projects to demonstrate the operation of wave and/or tidal devices in array formation over a period of time. Organisations across the UK will be able to bid for a share of the £20m announced last summer to further development of this promising renewables sector.

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    CRC to be simplified to reduce costs to businesses(27/03/2012)

    The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says millions of pounds will be saved for businesses through new proposals to simplify the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme*. Participants will see their administrative costs cut by almost two-thirds, DECC claims, equating to around £330 million of savings up to 2030.

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    New pipe works mean gas security for North Wales(13/02/2012)

    A vital gas pipeline providing energy security to thousands of households in North Wales is to be replaced. Energy Minister Charles Hendry (pictured) has given approval for Wales and West Utilities to construct a 22km gas pipeline from Llanwrin in Powys to Dolgellau in Gwynedd, North Wales. The pipeline will replace an existing pipeline which has reached the end of its life.

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    Government loses appeal on solar PV FiTs(25/01/2012)

    The government's appeal against a recent court decision to block its attempts to halve the feed-in tariff (FiT) for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations has failed in the Court of Appeal. The government had argued that the existing subsidies were unsustainable. Energy secretary Chris Huhne disagreed with the latest verdict and signalled that his department will seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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    South West named as first marine energy park(24/01/2012)

    The South West has been named as the UK’s first Marine Energy Park. Climate Change Minister Greg Barker made the announcement on a visit to Bristol where he met with key members of the new initiative. The South West Marine Energy Park will stretch from Bristol through to Cornwall and as far as the Isles of Scilly, and will create a collaborative partnership in the region between national and local government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and industry.

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    Government reduces FiTs for domestic PV schemes(01/11/2011)

    Urgent action is needed to put the solar industry on a steadier, clearer and sustainable growth path, avoid boom and bust and protect the wider Feed-in Tariff (FiTs) scheme, says climate change and energy minister Greg Barker. Reduced subsidies for domestic solar electricity production have been proposed as part of an urgent effort to keep the FiTs scheme budget under control and reflect the plummeting costs of the technology.