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MAY

Energy Saving Trust's blog has posted a new item, 'European elections: Where do green issues stand?'

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  Following the European election results, work on climate policy issues won't begin until the autumn, but speculation on political shifts is rife. The focus is based on the  reasonable assumption that the new bloc of parties on the right of the political spectrum is less likely to support low-carbon initiatives.  

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MAY

The upward trajectory of solar power seems unstoppable

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As manufacturing output rises and costs fall, the optimism of government targets is also on the increase. And in the case of manufacturing solar PV, there is no better place to begin than China. The authorities there have decided that it’s feasible to set a target of three and a half times as much solar capacity as there is now, by 2017. That’s a whopping increase of 50GW in three years. China is also the world’s biggest market for wind turbines, with nearly

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28

MAY

The government’s Affordable Warmth ECO Scheme

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The government’s Affordable Warmth ECO SchemeThe Affordable Warmth ECO Scheme is a key part of delivering the government’s commitment to reduce fuel poverty and energy consumption through ECO (The Energy Companies Obligation). The energy suppliers will provide around £1.3 billion a year to fund energy efficiency improvements. The scheme is regulated by the government’s industry regulator OFGEM and the energy suppliers providing the funding are EDF, E.ON, British Gas, Firs

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22

MAY

Green Deal operators face having to hand back tens of thousands of pounds to consumers

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Green Deal operators face having to hand back tens of thousands of pounds to consumers after the blundering Green Deal Finance  Company was found to have mis-sold the cash-saving benefits of the scheme.A ruling today by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) torpedoes marketing claims that the Green Deal payment plans are the cheapest on the market and the so-called Golden Rule would deliver “peace of mind” with financial  savings that were equal to or greater than the c

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22

MAY

Energy companies have started installing smart meters in homes across Great Britain

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SMART METERINGEnergy companies have started installing smart meters in homes across Great Britain - most homes should have one by 2020.A smart meter sends an electronic meter reading to your energy supplier, meaning: They won’t need to take a manual meter readingYou won’t get estimated billsIt’ll be easier to switch energy suppliersYou’ll also get a digital display in your home, helping you to keep track of how much energy you’re using and how much it’s costin

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