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‘Top-up payments’ could hugely inflate Hinkley Point C costs

The National Audit Office (NAO), the UK's government spending watchdog says the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project could cost energy consumers £30bn in "top-up payments" due to falling wholesale power prices.

Study reinforces need for CCS as part of the climate solution

A study published in the reputable Nature magazine has once again emphasised the importance of inclusion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as part of the array of solutions required for the Paris agreement climate goals to be met.

Britain saw coal power decline quicken in Q2

The rapid decline in coal-fired power's share of the UK generation mix is highly visible in data presented in the last quarter by energy analysts, EnAppSys.

UK plans for 53.8 GW in capacity market auction

The UK is set to hold three capacity market auctions this winter, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has said. 

Clash of energy civilisations and the public good

The UK has been rocked in the past fortnight by the seismic impact of the country's citizens voting by a slim margin to leave the European Union and go it alone. The energy debate looks, by contrast, a much less complicated sideshow.

Fracking in UK must meet strict carbon budgets says Climate Change Committee

Shale gas exploitation by fracking on a significant scale in Britain "is not compatible with the UK's climate change targets" unless strict emissions criteria are met.

Union abstention clears way for Hinkley FID

A decision by the unions, who take up six seats on the board of EDF, to abstain from the voting on whether to progress the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, has cleared the way for a final investment decision.

UK coal power plant falls foul of EU law

The UK department for environment, food and rural affairs and the Welsh government are set for fines from Brussels for allowing a coal-fired power plant to breach air pollution rules.

UK carbon capture group report on lessons learned

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) this week launched a report entitled "Lessons Learned – Lessons and Evidence Derived from UK CCS Programmes, 2008 – 2015". The association has also made reference to the uncertainty for the industry as a result of 'Brexit'.

UK government adviser says Hinkley nuclear ‘unlikely’ to go ahead

A top government adviser and academic believes Brexit has put paid to hopes that the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project will ever go ahead.

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