The Government has left the door open for a bigger than expected boom in offshore wind power in the next decade to power low-carbon economic growth.
Ministers are hoping to tackle the UK’s lagging productivity and boost economic growth by betting on the low-carbon sector, which in recent years has brought a surge in skilled jobs across the country.
Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay have been backed by a government-commissioned review.
Charles Hendry's independent report into the technology's viability said it would make a "strong contribution" to the UK's energy supply.
He said it was cost effective and would bring "significant economic opportunity".
The sale of a large block of commercial forestry in a sought-after region of Scotland has opened with strong interest.
Farm rooftop solar installations could be hit by a six-to-eight-fold hike in business rates from next April if government plans go ahead.
Most at risk are projects where the installation is primarily to provide power consumed on site.
Renewable energy interests are lobbying to get this reduced, although some farm schemes may be eligible for an exemption as they are on agricultural buildings, which are not subject to business rates, said Nick Wood of the Solar Trade Association (STA).
Planners have approved a scheme to build an £8m biogas plant on a farm in Northamptonshire, turning waste into energy.
Raw Biogas successfully applied for planning permission to build the anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Wormslade Farm in Kelmarsh, near Market Harborough.
The project aims to process 46,000t of manure and crops each year to power 2,500 homes.
The Solar Trade Association (STA) wants the government to reconsider plans to increase VAT on domestic solar panels, wind turbines and hydro equipment from 5% to 20% this summer.
In its final response to an HMRC consultation on the proposed changes, the STA insisted there was a strong case for retaining the reduced rate of VAT for solar and other energy equipment. Ending it would add £900 to the cost of a typical 4kW residential solar installation, currently around £6,400, it said.
A dairy farm which converts manure into methane gas has increased production so fast it is now making enough gas for 6,000 homes.
So-called biogas has become controversial in recent years, with claims that land is being turned over to fuel production rather than food.
But dairy farmer Richard Clothier insists there is huge untapped potential in natural waste.
"For us, the muck is now as important as the milk," Mr Clothier said.
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India's Cochin International Airport, in the southern state of Kerala is the first airport in the world to be powered entirely by solar energy.
Huge power bills prompted the airport to build the 12 megawatt solar plant which has more than 46,000 solar panels.
Major damage will be caused to some of the country’s most productive farmland by plans to sink more than 35 miles of electric cabling in Lincolnshire, the NFU has said.
The Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project involves laying six cable ducts over a 60m width along grade 1, 2 and 3a land between Anderby and Bicker Fen in the east of the county.
A new poultry litter burning plant is to be built in Herefordshire, following a successful application for planning permission.
The facility will be sited to the north of Hereford at Maund Court, Bodenham, on Andrew Edwards’ poultry farm, which currently consists of six broiler sheds with a capacity for 450,000 birds on a seven-week cycle.
DONG Energy, a Danish energy company which owns the huge Walney Offshore Wind Farm off the Cumbrian/Lancastrian coast line, has announced it is to go ahead with the 660MW Walney Extension.
The Walney Extension to the offshore wind farm, located in the Irish Sea around 19 km off the west coast, is expected to be fully commissioned in 2018.
The extension means it will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, surpassing the 630MW London Array Offshore Wind Farm which was commissioned in 2014 by DONG Energy and its partners.
The solar industry has launched an emergency rescue plan for the British solar sector as an alternative to the government’s proposed cuts to Feed-in Tariffs.
The Solar Trade Association says its “£1 solar rescue plan”, which proposes more support than under the government proposals, alongside higher, more flexible caps on deployment, will secure a viable future for the sector and add just £1 to household bills.
Three renewable energy firms going into administration in the past fortnight has highlighted the damage proposed support cuts are having on the sector. The companies affected – Mark Group, Climate Energy and Southern Solar – worked mainly in domestic solar, but their difficulties are a warning that anyone developing a project must ensure that the businesses they work with are financially stable as returns tighten and the sector rationalises.
The Government has clarified the planning regime for shale gas applications and outlined the circumstances which could trigger ministerial intervention.
The administration has also set out the criteria for identifying under-performing planning authorities in respect of shale gas exploration and development schemes.
The UK government says it plans to significantly reduce subsidies paid to small-scale green power installations.
Under the proposals, the amount of money paid to home owners and businesses producing electricity from roof-top solar and small wind turbines will be limited from January 2016.
Subsidy schemes could be closed to new entrants from the start of next year.
Ministers want to ensure that consumers who pay for the schemes through their bills get the best deal possible.
A giant offshore wind farm that could provide power for up to two million homes has been given the go-ahead by the government.
Dogger Bank Teesside A and B would feature 400 turbines, with power cables coming onshore near Redcar to connect with the National Grid at Lackonby.
Developers, the Forewind consortium, said it could create almost 5,000 jobs during construction.
Once fully operational, it would power up to two million homes.
Subsidies for many new solar farms are to end under plans being published by the government.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is consulting on plans that would see subsidies for some new solar farms close by 2016.
The government says the move is necessary to protect consumers.
The solar industry said subsidies were one of the cheapest ways that the government could meet its climate change targets.
The government has wasted little time in honouring manifesto pledges over giving local communities a greater say over onshore wind farm projects and axing subsidies for them.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced new planning rules, in the guise of new policy measures, which took effect from 18 June.
Under these new provisions councils should only grant permission for wind turbines in their area if the site is in an area identified as suitable for wind energy as part of a local or neighbourhood plan and following consultation, the planning impacts identified by affected local communities have been fully addressed and therefore have their backing.
Scottish planning rules for commercial solar rooftop schemes look likely to be relaxed.
A nine-week consultation was launched on 22 June proposing to give permitted development rights (PDRs) to non-domestic solar rooftop and domestic air source heat pump installations.
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