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

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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.’

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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

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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


Breyer Group plc and others v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Free Power for Schools LP v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Homesun Holdings Ltd and another v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Touch Solar Ltd v Department of Energy and Climate Change – WLR Daily

Posted May 11th, 2015 in contracts, damages, energy, human rights, law reports, time limits by sally

Breyer Group plc and others v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Free Power for Schools LP v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Homesun Holdings Ltd and another v Department of Energy and Climate Change; Touch Solar Ltd v Department of Energy and Climate Change [2015] EWCA Civ 408; [2015] WLR (D) 192

‘Contracts which had been secured might be said to part of the goodwill of a business because they were the product of its past work, and thus capable of amounting to possessions within article 1 of the First Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Contracts which the business hoped to secure in the future were no more than that and were merely a potential source of future income which could not amount to possessions under the article.’

WLR Daily, 28th April 2015


Greenpeace anti-fracking advert banned for claiming support of ‘experts’ – The Independent

Posted May 6th, 2015 in advertising, charities, energy, environmental protection, fracking, news by sally

‘A Greenpeace advert opposing fracking has been banned for claiming experts agreed that the process would not cut energy bills.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2015


A1P1 claims by photovoltaics get to the Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 6th, 2015 in appeals, climate change, damages, energy, news by sally

‘In 2011, DECC decided to change the rules about subsidies for photovoltaic schemes, and caused substantial losses to those who had contracted or were about to contract on the basis of the more generous old subsidies.’
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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th May 2015


Law changed so nuclear waste dumps can be forced on local communities – The Guardian

‘Nuclear waste dumps can be imposed on local communities without their support under a new law rushed through in the final hours of parliament.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2015


Certainty for landlords as commercial property energy efficiency regulations receive parliamentary approval –

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in energy, landlord & tenant, news, regulations by sally

‘New energy efficiency standards for privately-let commercial property in England will come into force on 1 April 2018, after the UK parliament passed regulations in one of its final sessions ahead of May’s general election.’

Full story, 30th March 2015


CMA says UK energy market needs better regulation and more customer switching – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in competition, consumer protection, energy, news by sally

‘The CMA’s updated issues statement on its energy market investigation has been hailed as a ‘win’ for the energy companies, while suggesting that a lack of competition could be due to poor regulation and customer apathy. A closer look at the CMA’s initial findings suggests a more nuanced view.’

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Zenith Chambers, 26th February 2015