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Europe needs an ambitious climate, security and competitiveness package

In a week that marks the on-going challenge of Climate Change, I am in Brussels making the case and drumming up support for the right climate change and energy policies until 2030. This will prepare the ground for when Europe’s leaders gather at the end of March to agree the best way to tackle one […]

UK still leads the race in harnessing power of offshore wind

The UK is the world leader for offshore wind: we have more wind turbines in the sea, generating more electricity than any country in the world and the biggest pipeline to 2020. Offshore wind currently makes up around 3% of the UK’s total generating capacity and it is already an essential part of our energy […]

Installing a heat meter in the domestic RHI – say “Ahhh”

It’s not long to go now until the Domestic RHI launches and lots of installers have already started swatting up on the scheme requirements and changes to MCS that come into effect on the 16th March.  These include guidance on metering for the domestic RHI, which is well worth being familiar with. DECC have also […]

Community Energy: The ‘democratisation of energy’

With the launch of the UK’s first Community Energy Strategy, a ray of light has opened in a doorway to what could have a radical impact in the way we generate and use energy. Not only does it hold out the prospect of a far greater level of local, community engagement in sustainable energy generation […]

The Community Energy Strategy; opportunities and challenges

So here we are, the first ever Community Energy Strategy! It’s been nearly two years in gestation, moving between teams within DECC, gathering momentum and political support. Is it worth the wait? I’ll certainly be welcoming it. For the first time we have community energy being recognised in a substantive way with an appropriate focus on […]

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