Spending review special: Energy infrastructure
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The 2015/16 spending review was accompanied by further details on plans to develop the UK's energy infrastructure
The details outlined alongside the spending review included the so-called “strike-price” to support renewable generation, which aims to help renewables contribute at least 30% of total power by 2020.
Strike prices, which are part of the government’s electricity market reform, guarantee what payment renewable energy providers will receive for producing electricity.
The government has also published the findings of research to estimate the potential shale gas resources in 11 counties in the north of England. It found that, on a central scenario, there is likely to be around 40 trillion cubic metres of shale gas in the ground in these areas.
Government plans to support shale gas extraction include a new streamlined planning and permitting regime.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.
Over two million hectares of Brazilian rainforest could be legally converted to supply the UK with soy under a new anti-deforestation law proposed by the government, the WWF has found.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
In R. (on the application of Hudson) v Windsor and Maidenhead RBC, the appellant appealed against a decision to uphold the local authority’s grant of planning permission for the construction of a holiday village at the Legoland Windsor Resort.