Subsidy withdrawal from renewable energy entirely lawful – Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In July 2015 the government announced that it was removing a subsidy for renewable energy. Its decision in fact was to take away the exemption that renewable source electricity enjoyed from a tax known as the climate change levy. We have covered previous episodes in the renewables saga on the UKHRB in various posts.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th October 2016


UK advertising watchdog admits it was wrong to ban Greenpeace fracking advert – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2016 in advertising, complaints, energy, environmental protection, fracking, media, news by tracey

‘The UK’s advertising watchdog has admitted it made the wrong decision when it banned a Greenpeace advert last year which claimed fracking would not cut energy bills.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016


Campaigners begin judicial review of North Yorkshire fracking project –

‘A coalition of campaigning groups led by Friends of the Earth has filed an application for judicial review of North Yorkshire County Council’s recent decision to grant planning permission to a shale gas fracking project.’

Full story, 15th July 2016


Supreme Court rejects Wiltshire resident’s appeal against solar farm –

Posted July 15th, 2016 in appeals, energy, news, planning, Supreme Court, time limits by tracey

‘An appeal against the grant of planning permission to a solar farm in Wiltshire “does not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance”, and may not be appealed to the Supreme Court.’

Full story, 13th July 2016


Activists seek judicial review of Yorkshire fracking decision – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2016 in energy, environmental protection, fracking, news, planning by sally

‘Anti-fracking campaigners have applied for judicial review of a council’s decision to allow use of the gas extraction technique in North Yorkshire.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2016


High Court: community benefits from wind farm ‘did not serve planning purpose’ –

Posted June 15th, 2016 in energy, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A local planning authority in England was not entitled to take into account the fact that a portion of the profits from a new wind turbine would be donated to local good causes when deciding whether to grant planning permission, the High Court has ruled.’

Full story, 15th June 2016


Fracking: Planning for an energy nirvana? – The 36 Group

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in energy, fracking, licensing, news, planning by sally

‘“Fracking”, or rather hydraulic fracturing is a subject that fosters great passion and concern in many. The word “frak” was recently used as an expletive in a remake of a 1970’s television classic, to replace another well known Anglo-Saxon curse, and in Swedish fräck means “audacious”, “shameless” or “bold”.’

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The 36 Group, April 2016


Tate to face information tribunal over payments from BP – The Guardian

Posted May 9th, 2016 in budgets, disclosure, energy, environmental protection, news, tribunals by sally

‘Tate will come under fire again over its relationship with fossil fuel companies when it is forced to defend its refusal to disclose details of financial payments made to it by BP.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2016


UK competition authority to review the way it conducts market investigations –

Posted March 18th, 2016 in banking, competition, energy, enforcement, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK is to review the way it conducts market investigations, it has announced.’

Full story, 16th March 2016


Implications of the United Kingdom Leaving the European Union on Climate Change and Energy Law – Six Pump Court

Posted March 15th, 2016 in EC law, energy, environmental protection, news by sally

‘In a paper on behalf of the Climate Change and Energy Working Party, UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA), Stephen Hockman QC and Benjamin Haseldine chart the possible implications of the United Kingdom exiting the European Union on climate change and energy law.’

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Six Pump Court, 7th March 2016


Planning, Environment & Property Newsletter – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted March 15th, 2016 in contamination, energy, environmental protection, news, planning, pollution by sally

Planning, Environment & Property Newsletter (PDF)

39 Essex Chambers, February 2016+


Court of Appeal throws out solar farm challenge brought 14 months after planning permission was granted –

‘A High Court judge should not have overturned planning permission granted to a solar farm in Wiltshire in response to a legal challenge brought 11 months after the three-month limitation period then in force had expired, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

Full story, 1st March 2016


Fracking under national parks backed by MPs – BBC News

Posted December 17th, 2015 in energy, fracking, news, parliament, regulations by tracey

‘MPs have voted to allow fracking for shale gas 1,200m below national parks and other protected sites. The new regulations – which permit drilling from outside the protected areas – were approved by 298 to 261.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2015


Dyson considers appealing court rule against changing EU energy labelling laws – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2015 in appeals, consumer protection, EC law, energy, news by sally

‘Dyson is considering launching an appeal after its legal bid to change the EU energy labelling of vacuum cleaners – based on its claims that rival models were receiving misleadingly high ratings – was thrown out by a European court.’

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The Guardian, 11th November 2015


Roseacre Wood fracking row: high court gives go-ahead for judicial review – The Guardian

‘Campaigners in one of the UK’s key fracking battlegrounds have been given the green light to bring a judicial review of Lancashire county council’s decision to allow seismic monitoring equipment at proposed drilling sites.’

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2015


Appealing energy price controls: guidance for beginners from the CMA – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 12th, 2015 in appeals, competition, consultations, energy, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The CMA recently published its final determinations in two appeals brought by British Gas and Northern Powergrid against Ofgem’s electricity price controls for the next 8 years (decisions here and here). The appeals were the first under section 11C of the Electricity Act 1989 and the CMA’s decisions will therefore be the first port of call for any practitioners considering appeals against not only price controls but also any modifications made by Ofgem to electricity distributors’ licences.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 9th October 2015


Planning, Environment and Property Newsletter – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted September 4th, 2015 in compulsory purchase, energy, environmental protection, housing, news, planning by sally

Planning, Environment and Property Newsletter (PDF)

39 Essex Chambers, July 2015


High Court dismisses wind turbine challenge, but variable height condition unlawful –

Posted August 20th, 2015 in energy, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A planning condition allowing the height of a new wind turbine to be increased with the approval of the local authority must be “severed” from the otherwise lawful planning permission, the High Court has ruled.’

Full story, 19th August 2015


Government ordered to publish redacted fracking report in full – The Guardian

‘A heavily-redacted government report on the impacts of fracking on house prices, businesses and services in rural areas must be published in full, the UK’s information commissioner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2015


If You Can’t Stand the Heat – Nearly Legal

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in EC law, energy, news, regulations by sally

‘The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 were passed near the end of 2014 by the Government. They have been starting to excite interest after the production of a scoping document in April 2015 which attempts, badly, to explain their application.’

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Nearly Legal, 2nd June 2015