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  • Offshore wind farms are good for wildlife, say researchers

    Appearing in The Guardian Environment Network online today, a “Dutch study finds birds avoid offshore wind turbines, while marine life finds shelter and new habitats.” After my post earlier this week asking Is UK newspaper coverage skewed against renewables, it’s great to see such a positive story on green energy. Speaking from the Institute for…

  • Financial Times says “Invest in panels for solar savings”

    Last week, the FT reported that homeowners will save more money in the long-term if they invest in their own solar panel installation, rather than taking up a ‘free’ installation deal from energy companies. “A number of providers now offer customers free solar panel installation. But while the schemes can save customers between £10,000 and…

  • Is UK newspaper coverage skewed against renewables?

    Writing in Friday’s edition of The Guardian’s environment blog, Duncan Clark claims that “more than half of the coverage of renewable energy solutions in the mainstream British press is negative”, after being sent some “interesting and previously unpublished” analysis of British newspaper coverage of renewable energy. “Carried out by the Public Interest Research Centre (Pirc),…

  • Drax coal power station ‘could be transformed to produce biomass fuel’

    Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent for  The Guardian, reports that “the UK’s largest coal-fired power station could be turned into one of its biggest sources of renewable energy– if subsidies are increased. “Drax generated about 6% of the UK’s total renewable power in the first half of this year, through burning straw and other biomass at its…

  • Rising energy costs move up political agenda

    The Financial Times’ energy correspondent, David Blair,  reports that “Higher energy costs are likely to become one of the most sensitive issues in British politics, according to analysts, after Scottish and Southern Energy became the third utility in quick succession to announce a big increase in customer bills.” This article follows the announcement of SSE’s…