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Almost 400 new UK homes will be powered by solar energy with help from a £4M government grant. The initiative, announced this week by energy minister Brian Wilson, is part of government plans to create a £1bn market for renewable energy by 2010.

London mayor Ken Livingstone has unveiled plans for a massive expansion of the Greater London Authority's transport empire. He wants it to take over key elements of the main rail transport network in the capital. GLA transport body Transport for London already runs the buses and is due to take over London Underground.

But it also wants the power - with the Strategic Rail Authority - to choose commercial companies to run urban 'metro' commuter services.

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