Welcome announcements from UK on coal and offshore wind
The government has announced it is putting into effect its pledge to phase out the use of unabated coal fired power and that it will offer a route to long term growth for offshore wind, following the approach we recommended which protects consumers whilst giving the sector market confidence for the 2020s.
Former US Vice President Al Gore, who challenged the government to act on low carbon energy at a our Beyond Paris event in September, has described the move on coal as "an excellent and inspiring precedent as we head into COP21."
Energy policy will decide future prospects for offshore wind in Grimsby
Grimsby has become a hub for the offshore wind industry. Energy policy over the past 15 years has helped to bring new jobs and opportunities to the town. But government support for renewables has wavered and may now threaten the future growth of the offshore wind sector.
Just as the government is about to take major energy policy decisions, our new report showcases Grimsby’s development. We recommend the actions needed to prevent progress from stalling and ensure the North Sea coastal economy continues to benefit.
Realising the potential of negawatts in the UK electricity market
If the UK took energy saving more seriously, British consumers and businesses could save around £2.5 billion by 2025. Increasing energy saving measures would also avoid the need to build as many as eight new gas fired power stations by 2030.
The government wants least cost decarbonisation: our latest report shows how it can be achieved through a comprehensive negawatts strategy.
Our latest annual report charts a significant year for Green Alliance, in which, amongst many activities, we secured a historic pledge on climate change by party leaders, influenced party commitments through our Greener Britain initiative, and influenced thinking and action on energy and resources. It was also the year we celebrated our 35th anniversary.
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