Britain 'poised for major expansion of dirty diesel power'

Reports that 'Britain is poised to fund a major expansion of dirty diesel power' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

"Up to 246 proposed new projects with a combined capacity that could exceed Hinkley Point" have qualified for a government subsidy scheme to help keep the lights on, the Telegraph reports. The newspaper says that, "if diesel projects are as successful as in previous years of the scheme, they could be in line for consumer-funded subsidies of £800 million over 15 years, according to analysts at green think-tank Sandbag."

Subsidies "for green electricity will add £110 to the average household energy bill by 2020 but fail to deliver value for money, according to the public spending watchdog", the Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that the National Audit Office "warned that the government’s £7.6 billion annual cap in 2020 on subsidies for wind, solar, biomass and other forms of renewable power will be breached by more than £1 billion".

Heathrow "is edging closer to securing government approval for a third runway after the airport indicated that a last-minute Whitehall study into concerns over pollution will give the all-clear", the Guardian reports. The newspaper says that the airport’s chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, said he had "no reason to believe" that any issues had been raised in research conducted this year by the Department for Transport into air quality around Heathrow, despite consistent breaches of legal limits.

The "largest speculative office scheme to be built in Cambridge has secured funding, in what will be seen as a boost for English regions after the Brexit vote", the Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that "Aviva Investors has agreed to buy and fund construction of 50 and 60 Station Road, a 163,000 sq ft office building near Cambridge station. The building is the key part of CB1, a 25-acre mixed-use development by the developer Brookgate."

Dame Barbara Windsor "is fighting plans to build Britain’s first proton beam therapy unit in a three-storey basement at a Harley Street clinic near her home", London’s Evening Standard reports. The newspaper says that "residents in the area of Marylebone, which is famous for the street of private surgeries, say the £26 million laboratory is unsuitable for the locality and fear building noise, traffic and the potential dangers of ‘highly radioactive’ technologies".

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