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Nick Clegg looks out of a helicopter window over the new Centrica Energy Lincs offshore wind farm

Row over how Britain can keep the lights on rages between Tories and Lib Dems

Inside Whitehall: Tories now feel climate change scepticism is not just acceptable but advantageous

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Planning minister, Nick Boles, loses control of wind farm policy as his brother works for turbine manufacturer

The planning minister has lost powers over wind farm policy because his brother works for a major turbine manufacturer, it has been disclosed.

Nick Clegg looks out of a helicopter window over the new Centrica Energy Lincs offshore wind farm off the Lincolnshire coast

26,000 new jobs lined up in Nick Clegg's seven-year plan to boost offshore windfarms

Deputy PM wants to more than quadruple industry, but critics say lack of clear targets is holding back confidence

Energy pioneer village's solar power share offer

Investors are being offered a stake in a new solar-energy plant serving a village that has a long history of pioneering new forms of power generation.

Ed Balls: 'the Chancellor has chosen the politically easy but economically reckless path'

Chancellor has scared off desperately-needed investment in electricity generation, says Ed Balls

Shadow chancellor accuses George Osborne of anti-green agenda

For £5, investors can share in the returns from renewable energy

Solar can shine with democratic finance

New scheme aims to harness people power to raise profits from renewable energy

Construction work on the world's largest offshore wind farm, The London Array, off the coast of Margate, Kent

World's largest wind farm opened by David Cameron

The Thames Estuary construction will generate enough energy to power most homes in Kent

A Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancs

Get fracking: MPs back the dash for UK’s shale gas

Go-ahead given as Ofgen report warns that risk of energy blackouts has  tripled in past year

Locals given more ground to block wind farms

Radical move could seriously curb growth of onshore wind power provision

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Plan to make Britain's electricity supply almost entirely green by 2030 narrowly voted down by MPs

Tim Yeo, who tabled the amendment, left disappointed, but said high level of support would make it harder for coalition to "water down" targets on renewable energy in future

Bumper harvest: Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative produces enough green electricity to power more than 2,500 homes, cutting carbon dioxide emissions

Investment in green energy falls to four-year low

MPs will now try to force into the Energy Bill a target date for cleaning up the power sector

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Switch to low-carbon future would save households £1,600

A saving of £45bn should be good news,  but the study’s conclusions clash with the pursuit of gas

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Green energy boss Dale Vince accuses Government of risking energy security by cutting subsidies and changing agenda

The founder of Britain’s first green electricity provider has accused the Coalition of risking the UK’s future energy security through a “disastrous” inconsistency in policies. Ecotricity boss Dale Vince accused the Government of hugely undermining confidence among potential investors, who are desperately needed to finance an essential overhaul of the UK’s energy infrastructure at a cost of around about £200bn over the next decade.

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Science moves step closer to developing hydrogen as cheap and clean energy form

Scientists have harnessed the principles of photosynthesis to develop a new way of producing hydrogen – in a breakthrough that offers a possible solution to global energy problems.

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