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In the papers today - Weds 18 February

More waste should be treated in anaerobic digestion plants, the government said yesterday…

…It announced a taskforce to help encourage the use of the technology. The National Farmers’ Union said at its annual conference that it wanted at least 1,000 of the digesters to be in use of farms by 2020 - Financial Times

Demand for gas in Britain has been well below last year’s levels, when adjusted for the cold weather this winter, as the recession hits production at energy-intensive industries. The weakness of demand has sent wholesale gas prices tumbling to their lowest level for 16 months, renewing calls for energy suppliers to pass the reductions on to retail customers - Financial Times

Energy bills will be history in the home of the future - due to a combination of new renewable energy technology and centuries-old building techniques. A zero-carbon building, developed by University of Cambridge architects as a prototype for future living, is based on a 600-year-old design that retains heat from the sun while cooling naturally in the summer - The Daily Telegraph

Weymouth residents lost chunks of their gardens yesterday after a cliff collapsed. Erosion on such a scale had not been expected for another 20 years - The Guardian

President Barack Obama hinted that there could be a second economic stimulus package yesterday, hours before he signed into law one of the most expensive bils in US history. Obama is pinning his hopes of saving America’s tumbling economy on the $787bn package. But if that fails, he is prepared to brig forward another one - The Guardian

Householders’ water bills are to rise by an average of 4.1% from 1 April this year, the water industry regulator said yesterday. Under the terms of the deal between Ofwat and the water industry, prices can rise by an agreed inflation figure - currently 3% - plus a margin for each water company, which for 2009-10 will average 1.1% - The Guardian

Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial’s battle to persuade regulators to allow it to retain more of its prized British airports faces fresh challenges as problems emerge over the sale of Gatwick airport. A report from the Competition Commission, expected to be published in the next two weeks, is likely to demand the sale of Stansted and either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports - The Daily Telegraph

The European Investment Bank is to lend the car industry €7bn in the first half of the year to build environmentally clean vehicles – a substantial increase on the approximately €2bn a year it extended to the sector before the crisis, and there may be more to come. The EIB, the European Union’s long-term lending institution, is that rarest of things these days: a bank with money to lend - Financial Times

Jarvis, the rail maintenance group, has warned on profits after it was hit by a cutback in business with Network Rail. The government-owned operator said last month that it would defer track renewal work for 2009/10 while it waits for new equipment - Financial Times

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