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In the papers today - Thursday 6 December

A £1.2bn prison building programme across three sites in London, the West Midlands and the North West, was unveiled yesterday by the government.

A report published by Lord Carter says that planning procedures should be streamlined to overcome local opposition, since the jails are needed so urgently - The Times

The campaign to build a £215M extension to the Tate Modern received a big funding boost yesterday when the Government announced a £50M grant to kick-start the project. The extension by the architects Herzog & de Meuron would be a stack of rectangular boxes shaped into a glass pyramid - The Financial Times

At least 1M households and business in Britain could be generating large amounts of electricity for the grid within a decade, but it will need an overhaul of the electricity supply industry, the Conservative Party said yesterday. The party would create a mass market for micro generation by encouraging everyone to invest in their own solar power and other renewable schemes - The Guardian

Planning rules will be relaxed to make it easier for home owners to install wind turbines and solar panels, David Cameron will promise today. A Tory government would also pay people to turn their businesses and homes into mini-power station, receiving a fixed price for every watt of electricity they generate - The Daily Telegraph

Bus company Stagecoach will be using recycled chip fat to power eight buses in Kilmarnock, Scotland. Households along the bus route will be able to collect their used cooking oil and exchange it for travel vouchers for use on the buses. According to Stagecoach, this could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 82% - The Times

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