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The Failure of the UK's Green Deal Program Offers Lessons for US Efficiency Programs

August 5, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

UK Green Deal

The Green Deal was a flop. On paper, it sounded like a great idea. The U.K.’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) wanted to build a public-private partnership that would give homeowners £10,000 ($16,500) to support energy efficiency improvements, with no upfront costs.[read more]

The Scrapping of the Zero Carbon Homes Undermines Trust in Government's Commitment to Energy Efficiency

July 14, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

The government’s decision to scrap the zero carbon homes target plus the equivalent for non-domestic houses is a major setback for achieving a low carbon UK and will undermine the credibility of the policy mix on building energy efficiency and beyond.[read more]

Reducing the Costs of Decarbonising Winter Heating Needs to Be a Priority

May 19, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

Winter and Clean Energy Needs

Large scale electrification of winter heating looks to be essential if the United Kingdom’s legally binding 2050 emissions reduction target is to be met, with other approaches likely playing a lesser role. However, electrification of winter heating poses severe challenges.[read more]

UK Election Aftermath: The Energy Industry

May 14, 2015 by Melinda Fairfax

UK Election and Energy Impacts

After witnessing a political storm around the general election, it is time to start looking at what the Conservatives will be doing to the United Kingdom country over the next five years. This is the first majority Conservative government since 1992 when John Major lead the party.[read more]

UK's Renewable Energy Targets Drive Increases in U.S. Wood Pellet Exports

April 26, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

UK Renewables Target Effects

In 2014, almost three-quarters of all U.S. wood pellet exports were delivered to the United Kingdom, mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, U.S. wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40% between 2013 and 2014, from 3.2 million short tons to 4.4 million short tons.[read more]

Climate Change in UK General Election Manifestos

April 21, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

Climate Change and UK Politics

Comparing manifestos for May’s United Kingdom general elections highlights important similarities as well as differences among the parties. All of the manifestos published by UK-wide parties make reference to climate change policy, but to greatly differing and telling extents.[read more]

Energy at a Crossroads

March 10, 2015 by Melinda Fairfax

Future Energy Planning in the UK

The election in the UK is soon approaching, which means the candidates will be hungry to gain ground on each other to secure that career defining opportunity. It seems like politicians are throwing money at green energy, which is great, but the industry is lacking direction. How will the future of energy be shaped?[read more]

Defrosting the Energy Price Freeze

February 14, 2015 by Melinda Fairfax

Energy Price Regulation

In 2013, Ed Miliband waged a political war on energy companies in the United Kingdom. This was to help the Great British public from being smothered under the weight of ever increasing energy bills. But what he didn't notice was that this freeze was defrosting right in front of him.[read more]

UK Capacity Market Accused of Being a New Fossil-Fuel Subsidy

January 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The U.K.’s new capacity market is meant to lower electricity prices by encouraging competition and new generation. But it will do the opposite, according to Tempus Energy, a startup energy retailer that has brought an appeal in the European General Court on the grounds that it is unfair.[read more]

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Utility 2.0: New York Draws Lessons on Utility Regulation from Across the Pond

December 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Energy Planning

When the New York Public Service Commission opened its historic “Reforming the Energy Vision” proceeding, it recognized that the way utility companies have been regulated is out of sync with innovations in technology, business realities, and evolving customer needs, including the need to reduce harmful pollution.[read more]

Clean and Reliable, But Not so Cheap: Is the Nuclear Renaissance About to Get a Reboot in the UK?

October 24, 2014 by Oliver Kerr

Nuclear Energy in the UK

"Nothing that comes after will be able to detract from the importance of this first great step forward." Here Sir Edwin Plowden is referring not to the UK’s latest foray into nuclear power, but rather to the grand opening of Britain’s first atomic plant more than half a century previously, in October 1956.[read more]

Paterson's Plan for CO2 Emission Reductions

October 15, 2014 by Rod Adams

UK Emissions Reduction Plans

Owen Paterson, the UK’s environment secretary until a cabinet realignment during the summer of 2014, is planning to begin advocating a dramatic course change for his country’s energy policy using a combination of additional nuclear energy, natural gas, and demand management, in addition to wind energy.[read more]

How Software Could Save Big Money on the UK Grid

September 10, 2014 by Jeff St. John

UK Grid Efficiency Software

Here’s one measure of the value of marrying the smart grid with software: $387 million. U.K. utilities Scottish and Southern Energy and U.K. Power Networks believe they can save that much money in distribution system upgrades over the coming years.[read more]

EU Bans and the Hairdryer Conundrum

September 10, 2014 by David Hone

Regulations and Appliances

Last week the UK media put a lot of effort into reporting on the EU ban on the sale of the most powerful vacuum cleaners and then extended the discussion to possible future action on other high end appliances that consume a lot of energy, such as powerful hair dryers, kettles, toasters and so on.[read more]

The Failure of the UK Climate Change Act

August 18, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

UK Climate Legislation

The Belgian think tank Bruegel points to data showing that the United Kingdom's GDP has returned to pre-economic crisis levels. This allows us to do a quick and intuitive examination of how much the UK economy has decarbonized over that time period.[read more]