Renewables

Sheila McNulty

Alaska’s decision to host the largest oil and gas lease sale of any US state this year is good news for the oil and gas industry, which has been pressing for more access. And while the resulting exploration and production certainly will be good for the overall economy – creating jobs and boosting activity – it is a pity that it is not against a backdrop of better news on the environmental front.

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Kiran Stacey

How strong a hand will Chris Huhne, the UK energy secretary, take into the Cancun talks? Will he be able to persuade foreign ministers and negotiators that the UK is playing its part? Read more

Kiran Stacey

Chris Huhne sped from his cabinet meeting this morning to address the European Future Energy Forum to send the message to investors that Britain is open for green business.

But will his warm words for the renewables industry and promises of solid government support mean much in tomorrow’s spending review? Not if a report in today’s Guardian is to be believed. Read more

Green groups are worried that one casualty of the autumn spending review will be the “feed-in tariff” that allows anyone generating alternative energy to sell it back to the grid. It’s not that they believe the coalition would scrap it, given their various commitments to the agenda. Read more

Kiran Stacey

Chris Huhne, the UK’s energy secretary, said yesterday he was worried about the “financing of big renewable projects, particularly big wind farms”, which could hinder the government’s pledge to make sure 15 per cent of the country’s energy comes from renewable sources by 2020. Read more