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Energy price cut threatens hundreds of jobs

Industry bosses warn the regions renewable energy sector is at risk after price cut. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Hundreds of jobs are under threat across the West Country after the Government announced it wants to cut the amount of money householders are paid for the electricity their solar panels generate.

Industry bosses warn the region's renewable energy sector is at risk by a proposal to slash the price from 12.5 pence per kilowatt hour to just 1.6 pence.


'Hot Rocks' project hopes to tap into energy underground

A scheme to tap into the energy beneath our feet is being looked at by a new working party in Parliament. The 'hot rocks' project has been set up to promote ways of extracting natural heat from Cornwall's granite.

But a company, which has won planning permission for two test bore holes next to the Eden project, is struggling to raise the money. Our political correspondent Bob Constantine reports.


New scheme to cut Cornwall's energy bills

A scheme is starting today in Cornwall that could save people and businesses hundreds of pounds on their fuel bills.

The ground-breaking scheme will be unveiled at the Eden Project Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Secretary of State for Energy, Ed Davey, will launch "Cornwall Together" at the Eden Project this afternoon. It plans to bring people across the county together to negotiate cheaper gas and electricity bills. It's hoped that more than 20,000 residents will be able to get reductions of 10 to 15%

The Secretary of State for Energy, Ed Davey, will launch "Cornwall Together" alongside Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit Credit: ITV Westcountry

Consultation begins on wind farm plans

Plans for a massive wind farm off the North Devon coast go out to consultation today. The company behind the Atlantic Array project wants to install up to 278 turbines. That's fewer than originally planned, following an earlier consultation.

A series of public exhibitions will be taking place Credit: ITV West Country

A series of public exhibitions will be taking place. If permission is granted it could go live in 2016, providing electricity for the equivalent of 1.1 million homes.

Country's largest solar project being built in Devon

Almost 28,000 solar panels are to be installed on a Devon farm as part of the UK's largest solar project. TGC Renewables has secured planning approval for the project, which will provide a regular supply of electricity to the national grid.

The solar farm will create enough electricity to power 2,500 homes Credit: ITV Westcountry

The PV panels at the farm at South Brent, South Devon, will create enough electricity to power 2,500 homes. The 8MW project will provide the farm with a guaranteed rental income over the next 25 years. The panels will be installed over five fields on a site of 15.4 hectares.

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