The future of Britain's energy production has been a central political focus for years, and as EU deadlines approach there's more hype than ever surrounding various renewable sources which are to make up the UK's future 'energy mix'. We've heard from academics, politicians, environmentalists and businesses, but what do the general public think? A new survey has revealed just that.
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For a while now we've heard experts saying that the technology IS available for us to almost completely switch to a low-carbon state in a matter of years, so why isn't it happening? The UN's climate change panel have added additional pressure to the situation week, concluding that if we don't switch to renewable sources soon we're going to have some serious problems not to far down the line. So what can the UK do and why isn't it doing it?
Foreign fuel imports currently dominate Britain's electricity market. Data recently publicised by Good Energy show that the UK imported over 60% of the fuel it used to generate energy in 2012, which was an increase of 11% on the 2011 figure. Is this healthy? What can the UK to do curb its reliance on imports?
A team based in the UK have just completed milestone testing of a brand new renewable energy system which can generate electricity from non-combustible industrial gasses. The trial was carried out over an extended period, and was successful in terms of its efficiency, output and its reliability. What could this mean for the future of the UK's energy mix?
The German energy giants have confirmed today that their plans to build its first solar farm here in the UK are to go ahead. The farm will be one of the UK's largest 'ground-mounted' solar PV projects and will be built over an abandoned airfield in Oxfordshire.
Today it was announced that five offshore wind farms and three biomass plants in the UK would receive Government funding. Collectively the eight developments could provide millions of homes with clean energy, but there is a worry they could lead to a short term increase in energy bills. Should we be celebrating or should we really be concerned...?
The European Wind Energy Association have recently accused Britain's attitude toward wind power as being "negative". The leading green energy body fired out the criticism earlier this week from Brussels, in a comment which is likely to be an unofficial response to the Tory idea of a placing a cap on the number of wind farms. So what do Britain's wind prospects look like in the long term?
There's a Conservative plan to limit the number of onshore wind farms in the UK which engineers are warning could have a severely negative impact on energy bills. The warning comes from some of the top engineers in the country, but what are their warnings based on and should we be concerned?
Something happened during the 2014 Budget speech which not many environmentalists or journalists picked up on. In a relatively stealthy manoeuvre he managed to completely abolish a tax break which attracts private investment to the renewable energy sector, in one fatal but quiet blow, eliminating the so allegedly so-called 'green crap' which Cameron has been railing against ever since the big six bumped up their energy prices and complained about green levies. But what is this tax break, why was it killed of quietly, and what it mean for Britain's energy future?
George Osborne is set to release details of the 2014 budget tomorrow, and with a lot of focus lately on the energy market and rising energy bills, many will be intrigued to see how the Government choose to handle it. It's been widely predicted that he will announce a halt to increases in carbon tax for industry, and consumer groups have said this could lower household energy bills by £50 over the next few years - but is this the right move?