Coalition tensions rise over energy policy

Reports that Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected a Liberal Democrat demand to strip his energy minister of green energy responsibilities feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that the Liberal Democrat energy secretary Ed Davey wrote to Cameron urging him to take action against John Hayes after the Tory energy minister made comments last month which were critical of onshore wind farm developments. The newspaper says that Cameron "made it clear he has no intention of shifting Mr Hayes, who is responsible for renewable energy". According to the newspaper, the row is a sign of "escalating coalition tension over Britain’s power strategy".

Residents living close to a wind farm will be given up to £150 off their energy bill in the first deal of its kind – but only if they live within a mile and a half of the wind farm, the Telegraph reports. The newspaper says that energy firm Good Energy is "offering 400 homes within 1.5 miles (2km) of Delabole wind farm in Cornwall a £100 discount if they sign up to a deal with the green supplier." According to the newspaper, the company hopes to roll out the idea across the country "as they build more wind farms and encourage other developers to also offer a ‘local electricity tariff’ for communities affected by renewable energy infrastructure".

The Guardian reports that Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has said the idea of a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary should be dropped and three runways built immediately at airports in South-East England. The newspaper reports that, giving evidence to the transport select committee, O’Leary said that "the argument for expanding only one central hub was driven by high-fare airlines and operators seeking to shunt passengers through Heathrow, and that new runways should be built at Stansted and Gatwick as well as Heathrow." O’Leary described London mayor Boris Johnson’s proposal for a Thames Estuary airport as "insane, stupid, harebrained", the newspaper says.

Chancellor George Osborne is "under mounting pressure to cut dramatically Britain's reliance on gas after a coalition of the world's biggest investment fund managers made an unprecedented call on the government to step up its commitment to low carbon energy", the Independent reports. The newspaper says that the alliance of 200 investment institutions includes Scottish Widows, Aviva and HSBC and controls. "Its lobbying of the UK Government is part of a broader campaign to persuade the world's biggest economies to escalate their actions against climate change", the paper reports.

Separately, the Independent reports that the world "is destined for dangerous climate change this century – with global temperatures possibly rising by as much as 6C", according to a report.  According to the study by the accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, it will now be "almost impossible to keep the increase in global average temperatures up to 2100 within the 2C target that scientists believe might avert dangerous and unpredictable climate change".

The Independent also reports that London’s skyscraper boom "has come crashing down to Earth". The paper says the Shard has yet to secure its first tenant "whilst six other landmark additions to London's skyline may now never be built".

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