27 Jan 2016

The French energy group EDF has postponed giving final approval to the construction of a new £18bn nuclear power plant in Somerset as the board attempts to reassure unions and private investors about the deal. People close to the company confirmed on Tuesday that the final investment decision to build a station at Hinkley Point would not be taken […]

19 Jan 2016

For many years, carbon capture and storage (CCS) — trapping carbon emissions as they are emitted by power stations and industrial installations and storing them underground — has been hailed as vital to helping decarbonise the economics of energy. The circumstances are stark, says Luke Warren, chief executive of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association: “If you […]

13 Jan 2016

Drax Group Plc fell to the lowest in almost three weeks after the European Union said it will investigate the U.K.’s plans to support conversion of a coal-powered unit to biomass amid concerns that the aid may overcompensate the company. The probe will focus on U.K. estimates for the Drax plant’s economic performance, which “may […]

13 Jan 2016

The majority of UK coal plants have refused to sign up to a scheme that would have seen them close automatically, meaning that the government will probably have to step in to force them to shut. Amber Rudd, energy secretary, has promised to close all British coal plants by 2025, making the UK the first country to […]

05 Jan 2016

Storage — whether of grain or of knowledge through the printed word — has been a crucial element in human development. Of all the many technical advances that are transforming the energy business none is potentially more important than storage: it give us the ability to control the way, and crucially the timing, of energy […]

05 Jan 2016

Scotland has declared an early success in its battle to meet ambitious green energy targets, with renewable power hitting the equivalent of almost half of electricity demand north of the border. The Scottish government had set an interim target of 50 per cent of gross consumption of electricity to come from renewables by 2015, with […]