Monthly Archives: February 2013

There was a big boost for the Welsh renewables sector yesterday when Welsh Government announced approval for the Skerries Tidal Stream Array off Anglesey.  The green light coincided with £10m government grant, allowing Siemens to predict financial close on the project by 2015. The race is now on to get the project completed before the subsidy regime changes in 2017.   The number of jobs created by the project has already doubled since… Read More

Offsetting is not everyone’s preferred form of environmental action.   But when you run the biggest mechanism for generating offsets on the planet, you think you might have bought in. Not so. The UN operates (through the UNFCCC) the largest and most successful offsetting mechanism known as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).  It allows developed world emitters to invest in developing world clean technology projects. This has two positives – reducing the… Read More

Decarbonisation is an ugly, overweight word.  On twitter it is cut to ‘decarb’; like a statutory pasta rationing regime.  But for green groups, it’s the rationing of targets not tagliatelle that is causing stomachs to rumble. Not satisfied with emissions targets for 2050 and 2020, binding carbon budgets, EU renewables targets and global emissions pledges, some environmentalists are demanding another helping of targets.  Or perhaps this is the icing on a layered… Read More

An influential report has provided damning evidence of the Welsh Government’s lack of progress on community energy. Published today, the Second Annual Report of the Climate Change Commission for Wales  highlights the sluggishness of Welsh Government (WG)  to promote or support community action on energy in Wales. Despite optimism around the launch of Community Energy Wales in June 2012 and continued calls for communities to be better engaged in energy generation, today’s report finds… Read More

When cap-and-trade was introduced as the primary policy tool to drive emission reductions in Europe in 2005, it marked something of a policy revolution. From the ancien regime of command-and-control regulation here was something that represented a brave new world of efficient and flexible controls on pollution.  Old rules which had been watered-down, manipulated and evaded by vested interests would be guillotined by the unwavering blade of the EU Commission’s cap. The… Read More

Polling shows that the US public is becoming more concerned about climate change and more inclined to support measures that prevent it.    A recent study by Duke university shows that support for action has increased to the highest level since 2006. Obama is responding to that change in public mood as he delivered a call for Congress to bring a cap-and-trade bill in his state of the union address.  But is federal… Read More

£1bn Says DECC Understands Need to Address Power Demand The Independent has reported that the government is planning to put up £1bn to improve the UK’s energy efficiency.  The news comes after David Cameron reasserted the government’s pledge to be the ‘greenest ever’ in a major speech that was overshadowed by the guilty plea of Chris Huhne this week. If true the fund will be a major step forward for two reasons:… Read More

We have outgrown our little flat in London so it’s time to move out.  Some things we will miss, others less so….. Along with the logistical headache of living in a small first-floor flat with a baby, the first 8 weeks with our daughter have introduced us to 24/7 heating and round-the-clock illumination.  Step aside doting grand-parents, the people most excited about our new arrival have been our electricity and gas supplier…. Read More

Huhne’s Long Shadow There is never a good day for a former Cabinet minister to admit perverting the course of justice.  However for the department he once led and the green policies he once championed, the guilty plea of former Sec of State for Climate, Chris Huhne, could not have come at a worse time. Since Huhne resigned to ‘clear his name’, Ed Davey and his colleagues at DECC have battled to… Read More