Articles filed under Energy Policy from UK

Sun not quite set on North Sea oil industry

The North Sea fillip comes as the pace of energy developments continues to gather momentum in the run-up to the Government's announcement on its new energy policy. The Prime Minister has signed a pact with President Jacques Chirac to pave the way for French co-operation on a new nuclear power programme. The Government has also given the clearance for a series of renewable energy projects including clean coal. New surveys point to an acceleration in job creation in the sector.
29 Jun 2006

Lighting the key to energy saving

A global switch to efficient lighting systems would trim the world's electricity bill by nearly one-tenth. That is the conclusion of a study from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which it says is the first global survey of lighting uses and costs. The carbon dioxide emissions saved by such a switch would, it concludes, dwarf cuts so far achieved by adopting wind and solar power.
29 Jun 2006

Why renewables feature in nuclear debate

At a press conference repeated questions about the prospects for replacing Scotland's nuclear power plants saw the First Minister move on from the old coalition mantra about postponing decisions until storage issues are resolved and shifting the emphasis on to renewable energy. Although his party has been embracing a new nuclear generation, McConnell remains on Labour's environmental wing, closer to his LibDem coalition partners than his comrades who represent Hunterston, Torness and Chapelcross.
28 Jun 2006

Go-ahead likely for new nuclear stations

Reports suggested yesterday that the cabinet's Energy and Environment Committee – chaired by Tony Blair and attended by senior ministers including Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling, the Industry Secretary, and Douglas Alexander, the Scottish Secretary – will put the final touches to the government's recommendations in its energy review.
27 Jun 2006

Switch over to the best tip ever

I would certainly prefer this to walking blindly into plans to build new power stations without addressing the whole issue of improving energy efficiency across the UK, an act that will, in the case of many conventional stations, cause damage to the climate, and in the case of wind farms, cause damage to the landscapes on which areas such as Wales are dependent for vital tourism income.
22 Jun 2006

Royal Society set to back nuclear

Prime Minister Tony Blair’s bid to build new nuclear power stations will be backed by scientists in Scotland this week, the Sunday Herald can reveal.....Insiders have told the Sunday Herald that as well as endorsing new nuclear stations it will support wind farms.
18 Jun 2006

We are cutting energy use - but it is dirtier

..BP's report shows the world is reacting to soaring oil and gas prices by stemming its energy use. In 2005 world energy demand grew by 2.7 per cent, down sharply from 4.4 per cent the previous year....In the US, the world's largest energy consumer, demand actually fell - even though the economy grew by 3.5 per cent. So, for the first time in more than two decades, the US combined above-trend growth with an absolute decline in fuel consumption.
18 Jun 2006
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