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Britain to back EU emissions quotas, oppose renewables targets

LONDON, May 29 (UPI) -- Britain will back 2030 European Union targets for emissions reduction but oppose such targets for new renewable energy sources, Energy Secretary Ed Davey says.

Wind skeptic British minister replaced

LONDON, April 3 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has replaced wind power skeptic John Hayes as energy minister after warnings over a coalition split on new green targets.

Shale gas in line for Britain tax breaks

LONDON, March 22 (UPI) -- Shale gas would get "generous" tax breaks under the government budget proposal unveiled this week by British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

British government wants shale gas rewards

LONDON, March 21 (UPI) -- The British government aims to ensure that local communities benefit from any shale natural gas potential, British Energy Minister John Hayes said.

Britain signs off on more North Sea oil

LONDON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- British energy company Maersk Oil announced it was approved to develop an oil field in the North Sea that could hold as much as 9 million barrels of oil.

U.K. reviews offshore oil, gas safety

LONDON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The British government said Tuesday that safety and environmental protection were top priorities for offshore oil and natural gas development.

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Two North Sea oil fields get green lights

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Britain's Department of Energy and Climate Change said Monday it had given the green light to Dana Petroleum's development of two North Sea oil fields.

British wind energy controversy deepens

LONDON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The Guardian newspaper in London said it obtained a letter from the country's energy minister that expresses a lack of trust in wind energy.

OMV takes on offshore British licenses

LONDON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Austrian energy company OMV announced it was awarded 16 exploration blocks in northern British waters during a recent licensing round.

Britain gives nod for deep-water oil work

LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- It's "vital" that energy companies take a closer look at oil reserves in the British waters of the North Sea to help boost the economy, an official said.

Britain to fund wind energy strategies

LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The British government said as much as $16 million in funding was available to industry leaders who can make wind turbines more efficient to run.

British minister eyes diverse green sector

LONDON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Putting all of the country's renewable energy eggs in one basket isn't an effective strategy for a secure future, the British energy minister writes.

Britain defends onshore wind policy

LONDON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- There's been no change in British policy on renewable energy and benchmarks set in 2011 remain in place, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said.

Hitachi enters Britain's nuclear sector

TOKYO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Japan's Hitachi Ltd. will build up to six new nuclear reactors in the United Kingdom as part of its agreement to acquire Horizon Nuclear Power from German energy companies RWE and E.ON.
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John Trevor Hayes CBE FRSA (January 21, 1929 – December 25, 2005) was a British art historian and museum director. He was an authority on the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough.

Hayes was educated at Ardingly College and read modern history at Keble College, Oxford after which he undertook a postgraduate diploma at the Courtauld Institute of Art. In 1954 he became assistant keeper of the London Museum in Kensington Palace, the forerunner to the modern Museum of London. He developed an interest in Gainsborough after realising that British artists had hitherto been neglected by art-historical scholarship. Taking advantage of a Commonwealth Fund fellowship, he travelled to the United States and spent a year as a Research Scholar at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University from 1958–9. After his return he curated a Gainsborough exhibition for the Arts Council and in 1962 he received his PhD for research into Gainsborough's landscape paintings. He was Visiting Professor of Fine Arts at Yale University from 1960-70.

From 1970 to 1974 Hayes was director of the London Museum, overseeing its move to new premises on London Wall. He was subsequently appointed director of the National Portrait Gallery, succeeding Sir Roy Strong in the post. The duties that came with the NPG directorship did not curtail Hayes's scholarly activities, however, and during his tenure he managed to curate a major Gainsborough exhibition at the Tate and the Grand Palais, Paris), and numerous smaller ones, including one of Graham Sutherland's work. Under his aegis the NPG's annual portrait award (now the BP Portrait Award) was established in 1980, and two regional outposts for the gallery opened at Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire and Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire. Plans to move the institution to larger premises in London were never realised, although a new block for staff was built across the road from the Gallery's Victorian building. After his retirement in 1994 Hayes continued in his scholarly work, curating a further Gainsborough exhibition in Ferrara and serving as vice-president of the Walpole Society.

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