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Haworth Moor in North Yorkshire, which inspired the Brontë sisters' wild novels, could form the backdrop for four 328ft wind turbines

Turbine scheme provokes wuthering gale of protest

Residents of Haworth, home of the Brontës, are furious at plans to build a wind farm nearby

Amec in buyback as profits soar

Amec has announced plans to buy back up to £400m of shares as the engineer to the oil, gas, minerals and metals industries reported a 12 per cent jump in profits for 2011.

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Going green never quite loses its capacity to surprise. Things that once seemed obvious turn out not to be. Once, we took it for granted that nuclear power was an environmental disaster story. Once, we thought windmills were a picturesque feature of a fairy-tale Middle Ages. Once, we thought British politics would never be the same because the Green Party won 15 per cent of the vote in the European Parliament elections of 1989.

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Green energy company Ecotricity has backed The Independent’s campaign to highlight the high prices of the Big Six energy firms by producing an online film which is rapidly going viral.

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A £1 billion contract has been awarded for the construction of the first sub-sea electricity link between Scotland and England, energy firms announced today.

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A fire that broke out at the Olympic Park caused no major damage or injuries, London 2012 event organisers and the city's fire brigade said today.

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Donald Trump has more reason than most to fear the Scottish wind.

Leading article: Time to end the Big Six's energy fix

During Labour's long economic boom, few in government gave much thought to energy policy. So long as the bills came down – which for years they did because of North Sea gas and the privatised suppliers trimming workforces – politicians were content to allow greater consolidation of the industry. They gave little thought to the future. That complacency must end now.

A 2011 photograph of workmen installing solar panels on homes in Delabole near Bodmin

Solar subsidy cuts spark job fears

The Government today unveiled plans for further cuts to solar subsidies, sparking concerns over the future of the industry and thousands of clean-tech jobs.

Jobs fear as glass-maker Pilkington cuts back

Glass manufacturer Pilkington is to cut production at a UK factory under plans to axe 3,500 jobs worldwide.

Government loses solar panel appeal

The Government is to fight on after losing its bid in the Court of Appeal to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes.

Some executive MBA students regularly travel to the UK from abroad to attend their classes

View the world from every angle

The chance to learn with a wide variety of fellow participants at the top of their fields is firing up interest in executive MBAs

First UK marine energy park

The Government is setting up Britain's first "marine energy park" in the South-west of England as it hopes to address criticisms that its pre-election claim to be the "greenest government ever" was a sham.

Engineers check some of the Guadix mirrors that will create energy for half a million people

World's largest solar plant powers up

Spanish venture is as big as 210 football pitches and has 600,000 mirrors. But there's a dark side

Tidal energy turbine set up in the sea

A 100ft underwater turbine destined to form part of a major tidal energy project has been installed in the sea around Orkney.

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