Here are the top business stories making the headlines in the morning newspapers.

Grid connection headache for green projects

Billions of pounds' worth of green energy projects are on hold because they cannot plug into the UK's electricity system, BBC research shows.

Some new solar and wind sites are waiting up to 10 to 15 years to be connected because of a lack of capacity in the grid.

Renewable energy companies worry it could threaten UK climate targets.

National Grid, which manages the system, acknowledges the problem, but says fundamental reform is needed.

The UK currently has a 2035 target for 100% of its electricity to be produced without carbon emissions.

North Sea strike

Hundreds of North Sea contractors have resumed strike action in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.

Unite union described it as the biggest stoppage in a generation, with about 1,200 workers involved.

The BBC says the fresh two-day action follows a 48-hour stoppage last month.

The action includes deck crew, scaffolders, crane operators and pipefitters.

First minister ‘absolutely committed’ to free university tuition

Humza Yousaf has insisted he is "absolutely committed" to free university tuition for Scottish students despite calls for a rethink.

Ednburgh University principal and vice-chancellor Sir Peter Mathieson said that asking wealthier families to pay was "worthy of calm consideration".

He argued the move could prevent a brain drain from Scotland.

The BBC says the first minister is "very proud" of the SNP's opposition to tuition fees.

Post Office investigation

The Post Office is facing a Government investigation after paying bonuses to executives for supplying evidence to the public inquiry into the Horizon computer system scandal.

Business Minister Kevin Hollinrake has demanded an "immediate explanation" from the Post Office after parts of chief executive Nick Read’s £450,000 bonus were linked to providing "all required evidence and information on time".

The Telegraph says Mr Read has written to Sir Wyn Williams, the Horizon inquiry chairman, saying that he had paid back the amount of bonus that was linked to this metric.

He also offered Sir Wyn a “personal apology” for implying that he had signed off the payout.

Responding to an urgent question on the bonuses, Mr Hollinrake told the Commons: "The situation is extremely concerning and deeply regrettable and the Post Office is right to apologise."

Amanda Burton, the Post Office's incoming remuneration committee chairman, will lead an "immediate investigation into this incident" and is expected to report back to the business minister within two weeks.

Huge fraud cost

People in the UK lost £1.2billion to fraud in 2022, the equivalent of £2,300 every minute, according to bank industry group UK Finance.

It said around three million scams took place - slightly less than the previous year - with frauds involving payment cards being the most common.

UK Finance said losses were not always reimbursed and urged tech firms to "share the burden" of covering costs.

The BBC says fraud is now the most common crime in the UK, with one in 15 people falling victim.

Taxpayers billed for Johnson's lawyers

Taxpayers are being billed up to £245,000 to cover the cost of Boris Johnson's Partygate inquiry lawyers.

The former PM is being investigated by MPs over whether he misled them over lockdown parties in Downing Street.

He is facing growing calls to cover the legal costs himself, as the bill for his defence team increased this week for a second time.

The BBC has learned the Treasury did not sign off the decision to use public money to pay the bill.

Backlash at John Lewis

Dame Sharon White is fighting to contain a backlash at John Lewis after losing a vote by its staff council on her management of the business.

The company chairman's authority suffered a blow yesterday when the 58-strong council said that it did not have confidence in John Lewis's performance under her leadership over the past year.

The council backed Dame Sharon's future strategy in a second vote, but analysts said that the results were nonetheless a significant public embarrassment.

Clive Black of Shore Capital dubbed the results a "self-inflicted wound".

The Telegraph says John Lewis insisted that the vote on the future was the more important of the two and denied a rebellion had taken place.

US inflation down

Prices for milk, airline tickets and new cars fell in the US last month, helping drive inflation to its lowest rate in two years.

Inflation was 4.9% in the 12 months to April, official figures show.

That was down from 5% in March, and marks the 10th month in a row that price rises have slowed.

The BBC says the fall comes after the US central bank has sharply raised interest rates to try to control inflation.

AI at Google

Google has announced it is rolling out artificial intelligence (AI) to its core search engine.

The move comes after Microsoft incorporated ChatGPT into its Bing search engine earlier this year.

Search Generative Experience - which will be part of Google - will craft responses to open-ended queries, the company said.

However, the BBC says the system will only be available to a limited number of users and is still in "experimental" phase.

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