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UK: Brexit impact on energy bills

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is weighing in on the Brexit debate today, warning that energy bills would soar by £500m a year if the UK left the EU, reports the Guardian.

A back of the envelope calculation by Emily Gosden at The Telegraph says that would equal roughly £6 more per household.

Today is also the day that Longannet coal-fired power station will be switched off after 46 years of production, reports the BBC.

It follows news that Ferrybridge coal-fired power station has produced electricity for the last time in its long 50-year life.

Meanwhile, at the largely uneventful ministerial Q&A on Hinkley yesterday, EDF chief executive Vincent Del Rivaz assured MPs that the troubled nuclear plant planned for Somerset ‘will go ahead’.

Finally, here’s a cool map showing where in the UK has the worst air pollution.

US fossils: Shale gas reaches Europe

Shale gas imported from the US has reached European shores, with would-be UK fracker Ineos shipping 27,000 cubic metres for its petrochemical plants in Scotland and Norway, writes The Mail.

Back in the US, the state of Colorado is debating a bill that would make it easier for residents to sue fracking companies that trigger seismic events, reports Grist.

After a pretty good month on the market, US oil had its worst day for while, falling 4% as the fundamentals that caused the commodities crash remain the same, reports WSJ.

Oil giant Exxon had a rough one as well, with US regulators ordering it to allow a shareholder climate change vote and the Rockefeller family writing a damning statement about its climate conduct.

US clean: Government funding for Native American renewables

The Department of Energy is going to spend $9 million on clean energy projects in Native American and Alaskan Indigenous communities, reports CNBC.

It follows federal funding for a Louisiana Native American tribe trying to escape rising sea levels, reports Inside Climate News.

In keeping with this sort of thing, Australian Aboriginal groups are protesting the prospect of fracking near their homes, reports Vice.

But back to the US: The New York Times have done an interesting piece on transmission lines that would support the growth of rural renewable energies.

And green giant SunEdison is in *deep* trouble.

In other news

China: A coal mining accident in Shanxi province has killed at least 19 people, reports International Business Times.

More China: A Chinese coal mining giant went from profits to losses last year, with revenue falling 16%, according to its financial statements.

Even more China: The government’s reforestation efforts are working, but China’s hunger for timber is fuelling deforestation around the world, reports Inside Climate News.

India: The solar energy boom may create more than a million new jobs, writes CleanTechnica.