Government awards £37m to biomass and hydrogen innovation projects

The government has awarded £37m in funding to projects that can increase UK production of sustainable biomass feedstocks and hydrogen, as it looks to accelerate the development of two sectors that could play a critical role in the net zero transition. In an announcement yesterday the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) revealed … Read more

It’s official: Renewables provided 40 per cent of Britain’s electricity in 2021

Almost 40 per cent of Britain’s electricity was provided by renewable sources in 2021, making it the second highest year on record for clean power generation, the government has confirmed in its official annual energy statistics compendium. Published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the latest edition of the Digest of … Read more

'The energy crisis is racing ahead of the government': MPs call for urgent national insulation drive, as costly winter looms for billpayers

BEIS Warning warns current government energy bill support package is inadequate as energy costs continue to rise MPs have urged the government to rapidly bring forward a fully-funded, national home insulation campaign alongside a broader package of financial support for households facing soaring energy bills, in order to stave off a surge in poverty this … Read more

UK government launches £75m nuclear fuel fund

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy kicks off new Nuclear Fuel Fund to encourage investment and in nuclear supply chain The UK government has launched a new £75m fund that aims to catalyse investment in the nuclear fuel sector. Businesses can now register their interest in accessing funding from the Nuclear Fuel Fund, ahead … Read more

Government gives green light for 8GW of new offshore wind projects

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Johnson Matthey unveils plan for £80m fuel cell ‘gigafactory’, as government champions hydrogen plans

Johnson Mattthey has announced plans to build an £80m ‘gigafactory’ at its site in Hertfordshire, aimed at scaling up the manufacture of hydrogen fuel cell components in order to meet the growing demand for the zero carbon technology. The FTSE 250 chemicals and technology giant said the new facility would support its ambition to become … Read more

Business leaders urge government to avoid ‘false choice’ on how to fund expanded domestic energy efficiency scheme

Scores of businesses working in renewables, insulation, and housing have urged Boris Johnson to fund new energy efficiency support through fresh spending commitments, amid fears the Prime Minister is poised to raid existing energy schemes for money to enable increased support for fuel poor households. Nearly 50 businesses, trade bodies, green groups, and charities have … Read more

Carbon Storage: 13 locations selected for UK’s first licensing round

The UK’s first-ever carbon storage (CS) licensing round formally kicked off yesterday, in a move that marks a major step forward for plans to capture 20 to 30 million tons of CO2 a year from a series of low carbon industrial clusters. Launched by the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA), the licensing round will cover … Read more

Electricity Market Reform 2.0: Could new plans unhitch electricity bills from soaring gas prices?

Major power market redesign could see wind, solar, and nuclear generators sell electricity at a lower price than fossil gas power plants Ministers are reportedly considering a major energy market reform, which would see the price of electricity in the UK decoupled from the price of fossil gas, as part of an effort to curb … Read more

Extreme weather: Grid operators ordered to review storm response plans

Grid operators have today been ordered to review their severe weather escalation plans and improve their communications systems, following the widespread blackouts that followed last year’s Storm Arwen. The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today published the formal review of the electricity industry’s response to Storm Arwen in November 2021, which saw … Read more