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What's New

You can find news, hot topics and information about the latest energy issues here, along with links to Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Energy Press Notices, speeches, and new publications:

Earlier press releases can be found on the Government News Network website.

6 August 2007

Substantial gas discovery highlights Aberdeen's crucial role - according to Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks

"Aberdeen is central to securing our energy supplies for many years to come" according to Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks, as he gave Ministerial approval to an important gas discovery today.

Jura gas discovery: press release

3 August 2007

Cut emissions and bills with the smarter way to read meters

Smart meters in every home and business will play a key part in reducing our carbon footprint and cutting our energy bills, according to Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks, as the Government launched its consultation on metering and billing today.

Energy billing and metering consultation: press release

1 August 2007

New report eases concerns over wind turbine noise

A comprehensive study by Salford University has concluded that the noise phenomenon known as aerodynamic modulation (AM) is not an issue for the UK's wind farm fleet.

Salford University wind turbine noise report: press release

23-30 July 2007

Talking energy: nuclear consultation gathers pace

The Government's discussion with the public about the country's future energy needs has moved up a gear with an extensive programme of nationwide consultative events around the country.

Nuclear consultation Newcastle stakeholder event 23 July: press release
Nuclear consultation Leeds stakeholder event 24 July: press release
Nuclear consultation Manchester stakeholder event 25 July: press release

Nuclear consultation Birmingham stakeholder event 26 July: press release
Nuclear consultation Cambridge stakeholder event 27 July: press release
Nuclear consultation Bristol stakeholder event 30 July: press release

26 July 2007

2007 Digest of UK Energy Statistics

The 2007 Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics is published today. With many detailed tables, supported by charts and commentary, the Digest provides comprehensive data for 2006 and an account of trends in energy supply and demand in the United Kingdom.

2007 Digest of UK Energy Statistics: press release

26 July 2007

Connecting more renewables to Britain's electricity network

"Delay in linking new wind farms and other forms of clean electricity to the national grid is one of the main obstacles to achieving the UK's renewable energy aims", Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said today as he launched a joint BERR/Ofgem review of the issue.

Connecting  more renewables to Britain's electricity network: press release

19 July 2007

New chair appointed to the coal authority

Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks, today announced the appointment of Dr Helen Mounsey as the new Chair of the Coal Authority.

Coal Authority chair appointment: press release

13 July 2007

Go-ahead for gas fired power station at Carrington, Trafford

Consent was given today under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to Bridestones Developments Ltd for the construction of a 380 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station at Carrington, Trafford. The station has also been given deemed planning permission subject to 42 conditions agreed with the Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.

Carrington power station consent granted: press release

12 July 2007

Transcript of House Of Lords Debate on the Energy White Paper

Hansard: House Of Lords Energy White Paper debate - 12 July 2007

12 July 2007

40,000 households in Nationwide energy saving experiment

Around 40,000 households will be taking part in energy saving trials in a bid to cut household bills and help in the fight against climate change, Business and Enterprise Secretary John Hutton announced today.

Smart Metering trial launch: press release

6 July 2007

WEEE Settlement Centre operator appointed

Malcolm Wicks today announced the appointment of the operator of the Settlement Centre which will handle recording and trading of 'evidence' under the WEEE Regulations.

WEEE Settlement Centre: press release

5 July 2007

Four applications suitable for Nuclear pre-licensing

The Government today confirmed that all four applications received by the regulators' Joint Programme Office for the opening phase of generic design assessment of new nuclear reactors have met the Government's eligibility criteria.

Generic Design Assessment of new nuclear reactors: press release

29 June 2007

Industry to tackle 2 million tonne electrical waste problem

WEEE Regulations come into effect on 1 July

New legal obligations on the electrical industry will from Sunday 1 July start to see more waste products recycled and not consigned to the scrap heap. Last year 2 million tonnes of electrical waste was generated in the UK alone, enough to fill the new Wembley Stadium six times over.

WEEE Regulations: press release

20 June 2007

Formal recognition for the Bevin Boys war contribution

A Badge, which formally recognises the contribution made by the Bevin Boys who worked in the UK coalfields during and immediately after World War Two, was announced by Prime Minister Tony Blair at Question Time today.

Bevin Boys war contribution: press release

14 June 2007

Proposal on how to manage overseas spent nuclear fuel awaiting processing at Sellafield: Consultation

This consultation deals with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s proposal on how to manage overseas customers spent nuclear fuel awaiting reprocessing at Sellafield.

12 June 2007

Reappointment to energywatch

Energy Minister, Lord Truscott today announced the re-appointment of Ed Gallagher as Chairman of the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council - energywatch.

Reappointment to energywatch: press release

24 May 2007

Microgenerating money

Grants for people who want to install micro-wind turbines and solar panels on their homes will be available again from 9am on Tuesday 29 May.

For more information, see the Microgenerating money: press release

23 May 2007

More efficient, low carbon and secure energy - Darling publishes Energy White Paper

Greater energy efficiency and a secure, low carbon energy mix for the long-term are at the centre of the Energy White Paper published by Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling.

For more information, see the Energy White Paper press release and the Energy White Paper area of this website.

21 May 2007

Planning decisions for nationally significant energy infrastructure to be included in proposals for a new infrastructure planning commission

For full details, please see the link below: