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James Smith, Shell's outgoing UK bossGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
Chairman James Smith says Shell has had to respond to the global warming challenge. Now is a good time to be running an oil company. Prices are sky-high, energy demand is increasing at an unprecedented rate as the global economy recovers, and there are new markets to be explored. Royal Dutch Shell largely dodged the criticism heaped on the industry after BP's catastrophic oil spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico, and is delivering golden results to shareholders.
UK households to save £23 a year by 2020Guardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Cost-saving potential set out in government plan for national roll-out of energy-saving technology. Smart meters, which monitor energy use in real-time, will save households £7.3bn over the next two decades, the government said on Wednesday as it set out its strategy for the roll-out of the energy-saving technology. The roll-out - the most comprehensive yet planned in any country – will require 53m smart meters to be installed in 30m homes and businesses, starting in 2014 and finishing in 2019.
Letters: Europe, Japan and energy optionsGuardian Unlimited | 14 Mar 2011
The EU commission's 2050 low-carbon road map released last week needs to raise Europe's sights beyond its current 2020 emission reduction targets (Report, 7 March). While the EU has agreed that emissions must be reduced by at least 80% by the middle of the century, it has not so far set out how to...
Nuclear is the reason for new regulationsGuardian Unlimited | 11 Mar 2011
The government's energy market revamp is for one reason only - to build more nuclear power plants. Are the vast and complex edifice of new energy regulations beginning to emerge there to pave the way for more nuclear power plants? That is the uncomfortable conclusion that many in the industry are...
Juror in activists' trial hits out at absence of police tapesGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
Jezz Davis, 39, says police's behaviour was 'outrageous' and left him feeling betrayed by the British judicial system. A juror in a controversial trial of environmental activists has castigated police for withholding covert recordings that he said could have led to them being declared not guilty....
Mining is hotter than oilGuardian Unlimited | 03 Feb 2011
Thought Shell's cash flows were impressive? Wait until you see what the miners are doing. The price of copper touched $10,000 a tonne today. The cost of production for the likes of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto is about $2,500. Similarly, some iron ore can be dug up at a cost of $20 a tonne in Australia. Freight costs are about $10 to China, where customers pay $160. Right now, mining is even hotter than oil.
Where is the support for this energy source?Guardian Unlimited | 18 Jan 2011
Both harness the Earth's heat, both deliver stable, low-carbon power, but only one benefits from government support in the UKBy mass, 99.9% of the Earth is hotter than 100C. That means that not far below our feet is the power to boil unlimited water and generate clean, renewable energy. Is the UK throwing all it can at this extraordinary opportunity? Of course not, who do you think we are? Germans?
Shale gas trials to begin in BritainDaily Mail | 17 Jan 2011
Exploitation of 'shale gas' in this country is expected to begin near Blackpool, Lancashire, later this month, but campaigners are now raising concerns.
Police Ratcliffe smear campaign continuesGuardian Unlimited | 17 Jan 2011
The police are wrongly insisting that the planned shutdown of the power station would disrupt power and threaten lives. "What if more than 100 people gained access to one of the UK's largest coal-fired power stations, with the aim of closing it down for a week?" These carefully considered words,...
Ministers block rescue of green energy firm PowerfuelGuardian Unlimited | 19 Dec 2010
The rescue of mining entrepreneur Richard Budge's clean-coal plant at Hatfield in Yorkshire could be thwarted because the government will only subsidise small-scale projects. A consortium led by 2Co Energy, backed by the private equity group TPG, has approached the administrators KPMG about buying...
Giant windfarms are lifting hopes - but could the east coast miss the boat?Guardian Unlimited | 17 Dec 2010
Ports such as Grimsby hope to cash in on the turbines boom but fear others may profit. In an airless Westminster committee room this week a shirtsleeved energy secretary came close to promising the earth. Laying out government plans to make renewable electricity more profitable to produce than smokestack, greenhouse gas-producing power, Chris Huhne said the market reforms would mark "a seismic shift" towards cleaner energy, underlining David Cameron's vow to be "the greenest government ever".
Government 'Surrenders to Old Guard' Over Energy PlansGreenpeace UK | 15 Dec 2010
Tomorrow the Government will propose reforms to the energy market which aim to kickstart the process of rebuilding Britain's power infrastructure over the coming decades. But today's Guardian newspaper also reports that Climate and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is considering downgrading plans for a...
Shaking off the dominance of energy giantsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Dec 2010
Any move to a sustainable future is unlikely while it is not in the interests of the energy companies to deliver more efficiently. After more than 25 years working on energy issues, I have recently come to an extraordinary personal realisation: there is very little need to have heating bills at all. Since refurbishing my coastguard's cottage in July, I have - to my total surprise – been able to more or less rely on solar heating for warm water and a wood burning stove, occasionally, for heating.
New biomass ports to boost offshore wind marketEnergy Saving Trust | 09 Nov 2010
Planning permission for two new renewable energy plants in Scotland will go on display this week by Forth Energy. Biomass plants in the ports of Leith and Rosyth will be built to encourage the development of more offshore wind power in the area, as well as provide a boost for the timber industry in the country.
Ministers' meetings with nuclear lobby raise concerns of favouritismGuardian Unlimited | 07 Nov 2010
The renewable energy industry is concerned that the government has spent thousands meeting nuclear lobbyists. Thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money have been spent on special meetings between ministers and the nuclear industry in Britain, prompting allegations the government is giving the sector...
Fowl energy: Chicken poo lights townGuardian Unlimited | 28 Oct 2010
Biogas power station will convert chicken manure from thousands of birds into electricity and heat for 350 homes. Cherie Blair may have been moved to buy a "beware of the hen poo" sign on eBay, but one town in Gloucestershire is embracing chicken manure as a fuel for lighting its homes.Thousands of chickens will next month be contributing their droppings to a biogas power station that will provide enough electricity to light 350 homes.