Energy UK, which represents big six providers, says it now supports phasing out coal-fired stations, after years of defending use of fossil fuels. The UK’s biggest energy lobbying group has shifted its position on green energy and will start campaigning for low-carbon alternatives for the first time, in what environmental campaigners are describing as a watershed moment. Energy UK wants to see more demand reduction, plus regulatory changes, to help support electricity storage projects that help balance out the peaks and troughs caused by wind and solar power. Catherine Mitchell, a professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter and a champion of the low-carbon economy, welcomed the apparent U-turn by Slade’s organisation. She said: “Energy UK is the conventional industry lobby, and is generally at the conservative end of arguments. This [Pathways] report reads almost as if they have ‘flipped’ to the other side. I take this to mean that their members realise that their future is in the ‘new’ energy system rather than the ‘old’, and this is to be welcomed.”
Guardian 28th Feb 2016 read more »
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have voted in favour of lifting the SNP Scot-Govt moratorium on ‘unconventional’ shale oil and gas drilling – fracking – in Scotland.
Scottish Energy News 29th Feb 2016 read more »