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Energy News 17/02/2017


Want to know what’s big in the world of energy this week? Check out our roundup of the big stories from the last seven days…

Renewable energy draws increasing Republican support. That could shift climate politics.
– Vox

Could the Republican party be the next clean energy cheerleaders? Despite the party’s historic scepticism to the cause, there is evidence that some party members may be warming to the idea of renewable power. The bipartisan support for the renewables industry illustrates the increasingly strong business case for clean energy. Regardless of your belief in climate change, some parts of America just can’t do without the jobs and economic benefits created by wind and solar power. Want to find out more about American energy policy and how it may affect the UK? Read our article about the energy industry under Trump.

‘UK Government not taking energy seriously’ – Energy Live News  

The Government is receiving flack for its pre-Brexit attitude towards the energy sector. Former Energy Secretary Sir Ed Davey has accused the government of having ‘no real sense of direction’ when it comes to negotiating our exit from the European Union. Which leads us on nicely to our next story…

What would Brexit mean for Britain’s green targets? – The Telegraph

What effect will withdrawing from the EU have on Britain’s renewable energy policy? Should we expect targets to change? Investment to be reassessed? This article looks at how elements of the United Kingdom’s energy policy, including clean air and renewable energy, might be affected by Brexit.

Vienna café makes tourists pay for electricity used to charge their phones – The Telegraph

A Viennese cafe, fed up of tourists charging their laptops and mobiles, has taken the unusual step of charging them for their energy usage. With coffee shops doubling as offices for many people, it will be interested if others follow suit…

Relaxed smart meter deadline calls rejected – Utility Week

The Government has rejected calls to relax the smart meter implementation 2020 deadline. Concerns had been raised that the 2020 target was too ambitious, with energy suppliers struggling to keep up with the progress needed. For more about the smart meter controversy, read our recent article on the subject.

US solar smashes records with 95% growth in 2016 – Energy Live News

US solar power grew by 95% in 2016, according to a new report. Installed capacity for solar energy almost doubled in America, with the bulk of the growth seen in businesses premises, as opposed to residential – a reversal of previous years. Whilst California is still one of America’s solar power capitals, New Jersey and Maryland saw some of the biggest growth increases.

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