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In the papers - Thursday 6 March 2008

Balfour Beatty, a shareholder in failed tube maintenance from Metronet, is close to renewing a lucrative public private partnership contract despite government criticism of investors' role in the collapse.

The engineering group is expected to win track renewal business on the underground as the London mayor's transport body, Transport for London, sifts through the wreckage of a £17bn PPP programme - The Guardian

The Whitehall department in charge of the government's green agenda twice set budgets including money it did not have to spend, the National Audit Office reveals in a report published today. Over the last two years the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) approved an annual £3.8bn spending plan that was £230M more than the figure allocated by the Treasury to tackle green issues and pay farm subsidies - The Guardian

Gordon Brown warned yesterday that energy companies could still face a windfall tax unless they offered a much bigger rebate for the poor and pensioners facing big rises in fuel bills. The Prime Minister was being questioned by David Marshall, Labour MP for Glasgow East, a week before the budget as pressure grows from MPs for action against energy firms - The Guardian

The International Olympic Committee yesterday completed a two-day review of progress towards the 2012 Olympics with good news ringing in its ears as London announced that BT has become the latest sponsor to sign up for the games in a deal worth more than £50M. BT will provide most of the communications infrastructure for the games which the organising committee chairman, Lord Coe, said yesterday would be "the first digital Olympics" - The Guardian

The big six energy companies are charging the poorest customers up to £330 a year more for gas and electricity, it emerged last night. Tariffs for prepayment meters, used typically by pensioners and the less well-off, are up to 45 per cent higher than for Internet customers - The Times

Supermarkets, airlines, car makers and property developers fear they will bear the brunt of a series of green measures to be announced in Alistair Darling's first Budget next week. The Chancellor is believed to be drawing up a range of proposals to make good his commitment to tackle climate change - The Times

London's ambition to hold the first car-free Olympics is being undermined by the International Olympic Committee's demand for more than 3,000 chauffeur-driven cars for dignitaries, officials and corporate sponsors. These cars will have access to a network of dedicated lanes, which will be closed to other traffic for up to two months -The Times

It's not so much green energy as brown power: a dairy farm in California said yesterday that it had found a new way to generate electricity for households - using a vat of liquid cow manure, 10m deep and big enough to cover five football fields. "When most people see a pile of manure they see a pile of manure. We saw it as an opportunity for farmers and utilities, and for California," said David Albers, a partner in the Vintage Dairy, near Fresno, which has 5,000 cows and calls its new facility the Vintage Dairy Biogas Project - The Times

The UK's reliance on nuclear power will increase "significantly" over the next two decades, the business secretary said yesterday as he set out an expansive vision of the country's atomic future. John Hutton told the Financial Times he expected the new generation of nuclear power stations built to supply much more of the country's electricity than the 19% the existing ones deliver - The Financial Times

The drive to fast-track a new generation of nuclear power stations accelerated today when the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority starts the process of auctioning land near 18 exiting nuclear sites to energy companies keen to be in the vanguard. The launch of the tendering process by the state body, which manages the clean-up of the UK's nuclear waste, reflects ministers' determination to move as rapidly as possible towards what they see as the nation's nuclear future - The Financial Times

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