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Fracking has been suspended since May last year

Will the coalition’s energy plan really mean lower bills?

Energy firms will be forced to switch all customers onto the cheapest tariffs, saving people from languishing on expensive, out-of-date deals, Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy, announced today.

Prince Charles plans to open a renewable energy plant on his Duchy of Cornwall estate

'Gasman' Charles unveils plans to take on the Big Six

Prince Charles is to provide an unlikely challenge to the “Big Six” energy companies as he prepares to open a renewable energy plant on his Duchy of Cornwall estate that could, if successful, be the blueprint for further power generation on the land.

Be cautious: if you choose an environmental fund, check how green its investments really are

There will be no change on energy policy despite windfarm split, says David Cameron

David Cameron insisted today that the Government's energy policy has not changed, after a Tory minister attacked the way wind farms were being “peppered” across the countryside.

Jim Armitage: How Toyota engineered itself on to the right road

The Prius overtook the Civic and Accord. High petrol prices are cited as the cause

'The environmental Taliban': George Osborne slams Parliamentary climate change campaigners as Treasury fights to water down Energy Bill commitments

George Osborne has started referring to Parliamentary climate change campaigners as the “environmental Taliban”, it emerged today, as the Treasury fights to water down renewable commitments in the Government’s flagship Energy Bill.

The Greenwire scheme would generate wind power in Ireland and export it via cables to Wales

UK to outflank objectors with wind farms in Ireland

Ministers are investigating a proposal to outsource the production of wind power to Ireland.

A bee can absorb pesticides from plants and carry the poison back to its hive

The French beekeepers and the mystery of the blue honey

Beekeepers in northeastern France are all abuzz after their bees started producing blue honey.

Lamprell's chief quits after its fourth alert

Nigel McCue is set to resign as chief executive of Lamprell after the oil-rig maker issued its fourth profits warning since the spring.

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Shine a light on the autumn gloom – whether you’re hiking, camping or cycling – with these top torches

Rig maker Lamprell's losses worsen

The oil rig maker Lamprell plunged to a loss of $47m (£30m) in the first six months of the year, but insisted it has the support of its banks.

Mr Vadillo has four million online supporters

'If they allow a mayor of the town to die, for a democracy, that's a serious problem'

Mayor starving himself in protest at austerity policies. By Alasdair Fotheringham

Mr Vadillo has four million online supporters

Angel Vadillo: The hungry mayor on a mission

For 74 days, he has been starving himself in protest at austerity policies that he says have ruined his town's future. But how long can he last? Alasdair Fotheringham met him

Green energy to power third of Welsh homes

Almost a third of the homes in Wales will be powered by green energy, a company behind a major new wind farm project pledged yesterday.

Renewables boost profits at energy firm EDF

Power giant Electricite de France (EDF) said today that its profits rose 4.6% in the first half of the year as growth in renewable energy offset lower nuclear output.

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