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Aug 27, 2015

UK proposes end to small-scale renewable support next year

LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The British government on
Thursday proposed ending feed-in tariffs for new small-scale
renewables installations next year, or cutting the remaining
budget available, if a support scheme is found to be
unaffordable following a consultation.

Britain’s Conservative government has been reining in
spending on renewable power subsidies since it took power in

Aug 13, 2015

Tree loophole casts shadow over EU carbon action

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – European environment law
provides more financial incentives to fell a tree than to plant
one, campaigners say.

They warn that EU claims it leads the fight against climate
change are based on false data and the United States must not
follow suit.

Aug 13, 2015

Britain changes rules to fast-track shale gas permits

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The British government will give
its communities minister the power to directly approve shale gas
permits, removing decision-making from local politicians who
have in the past months blocked the progress of Britain’s first
such wells.

In late June, local government officials in northwest
England rejected two applications to carry out hydraulic
fracturing, known as fracking, saying the projects would be too
noisy and blight the landscape.

Aug 6, 2015

Britain’s winter gas cheap, but more hand to mouth

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – British industry will enjoy record
low wholesale gas prices this winter but a relaxed view on
stocks could mean they spike if hard weather returns after two
mild years, or if supply problems flare up.

The knock-on effect of falling crude oil prices is delaying
critical inventory restocking ahead of the peak demand season,
as buyers seeing prices coming lower are in no hurry.

Jul 14, 2015

Britain should avoid deep injection shale wells: task force

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain should steer clear of using deep injection wells in shale oil and gas “fracking” and take extra steps to reduce the technique’s environmental and health effects, an industry-funded task force examining the sector said on Wednesday.

The oil and gas industry uses deep injection wells to dispose of wastewater when drilling for shale, but some have been linked to earthquakes in the United States.

Jul 10, 2015

Greek renewable power projects stalled by turmoil

LONDON (Reuters) – Ambitious Greek renewable power projects aimed at reducing the country’s dependence on energy imports from Russia will be on hold for some time as the threat of exit from the euro prompts investors and financiers to put the breaks on initiatives.

Greece has submitted proposals on economic reforms in a last-ditch effort to secure a bailout from international creditors and prevent financial meltdown.

Jul 7, 2015

UK energy suppliers face price cap after watchdog finds customers overcharged

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s competition watchdog is
proposing a cap on energy prices after it found the country’s
largest energy suppliers overcharged households around 1.2
billion pounds each year ($1.9 billion) between 2009-2013.

Britons have been angered by ever-rising energy bills and
poor customer service that has left many consumers alleging
utilities were cheating them. The utilities have denied this.

Jul 3, 2015

Decision on coal subsidy phase-out not imminent: OECD chief

LONDON (Reuters) – A decision on phasing out a form of coal subsidy is unlikely to come soon but discussions among members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) continue ahead of U.N. climate talks, the OECD’s secretary-general said on Friday.

The OECD has been trying for a year to get an agreement from its 34 member nations on ending export credits for technology used to produce coal, the most polluting of the fossil fuels.

Jul 2, 2015

EU carbon system needs more protection from market abuse – auditor

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – The European Union’s carbon
market is still failing to be managed properly and more
improvements are needed to protect it from abuse, the EU’s
auditor said on Thursday.

The EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) is central to the
28-member bloc’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions but has
endured a series of damaging scandals over its 10-year
existence, including value-added tax fraud, the resale of used
credits, phishing scams and cybertheft.

Jun 29, 2015

Britain needs to extend policies to reduce emissions -adviser

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – The British government needs to
extend policies and funding to reduce carbon emissions into the
next decade to avoid increasing the cost and impact of global
warming, Britain’s climate change adviser said on Tuesday.

The government has a legally binding target to reduce its
greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent from 1990 levels
by 2050 to limit the effects of climate change and the
committee’s role is to advise it on the best way of doing so.

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      "Based in London, Nina leads and coordinates Reuters' coverage of power, gas, coal and carbon markets across Europe, Middle East and Africa. She also covers renewable energy, environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has thirteen years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters, Nina has covered energy and carbon markets and environment in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. ..."
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