A massive drop in European funding could mean as few as a quarter of the 12 carbon capture and storage (CCS) schemes expecting to be awarded money will actually receive any, according to recent developments.
The government’s Energy Bill is meant to encourage the transition to a low carbon economy but in its current state there are growing fears that much needed investment will stall before the bill is passed next April.
With competitive dialogue now underway on the Mersey Gateway, shortlisted bidders are embarking on a robust re-examination of the bridge design, which could see aspirations for an iconic cable-stayed structure abandoned in favour of a cheaper, more austere alternative.
Wind turbines continue to get a pummelling in the press, with onshore wind farms invariably bearing the brunt. But indecision and quarrelling among factions of the UK government is increasingly fuelling the arguments of the naysayers.
Last week’s decision by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to revisit the issue of whether waste incinerators pose a health threat looks set to stoke waste industry fears that such development will stagnate for years to come.
A report confirming that shale gas drilling caused two earthquakes off the Lancashire coast in May and June could be expected to cast serious doubt over its future, but many experts appear committed to supporting its contribution to the energy mix.
Energy secretary Chris Huhne had some harsh words for renewable objectors last week, but his department’s project-stalling indecision has left Huhne vulnerable to equally harsh criticism.
While the Weightman review into the nuclear power industry following the Fukushima disaster signals good news for the industry, the job to digest and act on the recommendations is a challenge.
Party conference season has once again seen many announcements intended to please the electorate, among them government plans to release £500M for infrastructure projects.
Indecision about the route of the Edinburgh trams might be hilarious if wasn’t so tragic, particularly for local residents who will be paying for the overruns (News last week).
The construction industry is salivating at the prospect of energy investment after government policy took two major steps forward this month.
There is much debate about how levels of subsidy should influence new power generation but could the recent developments in extracting shale gas be the biggest factor in shaping the UK’s new energy capacity.
Over the past couple of weeks efforts to cut carbon emissions and Green Investment Bank (GIB) have been thrust firmly into the limelight. But there is still great uncertainty about how to turn proposals and promises into a functioning low carbon economy.
Last month’s practical completion of the Heron Tower in the City of London marked the latest milestone of the ever changing skyline in the capital.
Events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant are an extreme example of a low probability, high consequence event.
Former government chief scientist Sir David King last week became the latest in a long line of of technical experts to state that nuclear power is the safest form of energy.
With the UK government still placing an 80km danger zone around Japan’s Fukushima plant, NCE looks at the options for meeting the UK’s future energy needs.
Major earthquakes in Italy, Haiti and New Zealand in the past two years have shown the devastating effect they can have on infrastructure and communities.
Veolia Environmental’s recent success in gaining planning approval for its energy from waste scheme in Wolverhampton is good news for those in favour of this waste disposal technique.
Prime minister David Cameron last week pledged backing to link up green energy projects in Irish, North and Baltic Seas via a supergrid. But the question remains – how soon could it become a reality?