In a recent report published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, it has been criticised by Green MP, Caroline Lucas, for the number of redactions it contains. It’s perfectly obvious that the report includes references to the impact of fracking the government would prefer we don’t read-hence the redactions. It’s worth reading through and learning for example the negative impact on house prices where fracking has happened in the US. The low yield scenario suggests that the amount of fracked gas is barely 1% of current UK demand.
Published online at thisismoney.co.uk on 25th July 2014
The Government last night unexpectedly shut down a £120million scheme set up to help households make their homes more energy efficient after strong demand meant funds were exhausted in just six weeks.
The decision came as a surprise because ministers had announced on Tuesday that the subsidies – which pay for energy efficiency measures in homes – would be trimmed, but not ended, from today.
At that stage just £50million of vouchers had been allocated, but a rush in the two days since then has seen the remainder of the £120million pot snapped up. All the money has been applied for by residents but some may choose not to go through with their measures, meaning some of the fund may become available again.
However, any extension of the £120million limit will depend on future spending decisions by the Government.
Under the ‘second phase’ Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, which opened to applications on 9th June, homeowners could claim up to £7,600 cashback to improve their home’s energy efficiency. This included gas boilers, double glazing, and insulation and replacement doors.
More than 900 new wind turbines were built at land and sea over the course of the year, helping the amount of green power generated to increase by almost one third
Published on The Telegraph website on 31st July 2014
The UK generated almost 15 per cent of its power from renewable sources in 2013, an increase of almost one third from 11.3 per cent in 2012, according to Government statistics released on Thursday.
But despite expensive efforts to go green, the UK still relied most heavily on burning coal – one of the dirtiest form of power plants.
More than a third of electricity came from coal-fired power plants, according to the statistics, while two-fifths of the coal imported to the UK came from Russia.
Gas-fired power stations generated 27 per cent of Britain’s electricity while nuclear reactors provided 20 per cent of the mix.