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Former civil servant will continue to be part of panel in an unpaid position

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Britain's fledgling solar power industry is gearing up for a fight over the Government's review of the solar subsidies scheme.

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Sketch: Rebels denounced the leadership plans to sell off sacred sites for commercial development

Dominic Lawson: They haven't got us over a barrel at all

Why is it always supposed that an uprising against the Saudi monarchy would mean a drop in oil production?

Green power industry claims Government backtracking on solar

While sharply rising oil prices claim attention across the world, the British Government is facing increasingly vocal criticism over a policy on solar power subsidies that critics deride as "extraordinary".

Go-ahead for E.ON's Humber wind farm

The energy giant E.ON has been given approval from the Government to build a 230-megawatt wind farm in the North Sea, five miles off the Yorkshire coast.

Children of Light: How Electricity Changed Britain Forever, By Gavin Weightman

Oil powers our society, it is often said, but in truth the single most all-pervasive force in our life is electricity. This message was driven home as I was writing this review: a very local power cut struck my street at around 6pm. We were hopelessly unprepared, with a single dim torch to hand and a few birthday candles. You quickly realise that – apart from the encroaching cold; the thawing freezer and other vital life-support systems; the fact that if the cut were to last a week and become widespread, there would be starvation in the cities – everything we normally do these days needs electricity. The candles were too weak to read by. My iPod would last for a few hours until it needed recharging. We have a gas stove so we cooked a large improvised pasta to keep us warm and went to bed early, warmly wrapped for the long haul, when the house sprang to light again.

Tory ministers considering a tactical vote deal to stop Labour

A plan for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to encourage anti-Labour tactical voting at the next general election is being discussed privately by Tory Cabinet ministers.

Chris Huhne: His modest mission: to save the world

A former journalist and City whizz-kid, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary relishes. Matt Chorley meets Chris Huhne

Leading article: A deal that poses many questions

From the business point of view, BP has moved with commendable dispatch to identify new opportunities, following its debacle in the US. Regardless of how the various inquiries find – and the first was less damning of BP than many expected – the company's name will be sullied there for a long time. Looking east, to a Russia once again interested in joint ventures, is a canny course to take.

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne divorced by wife

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne was divorced by his wife on the grounds of his adultery today.

Political wrangling over control orders intensifies

Political wrangling over control orders intensified today as another senior Tory backed the controversial system.

Firm extends life of two nuclear power stations

Power firm British Energy today announced plans to extend the life of two of the UK's nuclear power stations for a further five years.

Elderly at risk as money for heating help runs out

Concerns are mounting that the icy conditions will have a devastating effect on those suffering from fuel poverty, especially the elderly, following yesterday's revelation that the Warm Front fund, which helps people with heating and insulation, would not take on any more cases until next April.With many of the big energy providers having already hiked up their prices, the immediate future looks bleak, with forecasters predicting that December temperatures will be as vicious as November, Europe's coldest on record.

The Sketch: He fell from power but Hilary has ascended opposition heights

Here is Hilary Benn rocking or possibly rolling into the House on his peculiar legs. His arms are held out at the elbow like a gunfighter, he carries his big head low at one end while kicking his feet ahead at the other. Full of character, I mean. Tall, rangy, something wrong with his pelvic cradle but that adds to his battle-glamour.

Leading article: Better than nothing, but not much

The best that can be said of the United Nations climate change summit in Cancun is that it could have been worse. The Mexican hosts managed to produce a document that all delegates were able to sign up to. It was not the diplomatic "car crash" that our own Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne, warned of as the summit was nearing its conclusion.

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