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DECC publishes support packages for solar and biomass

See my article for Renewable Energy Magazine. The Renewables Obligation (RO) encourages the generation of electricity from renewable sources in the UK and was introduced in 2002 with the exception of Northern Ireland where it was introduced in April 2005. It essentially places an obligation electricity suppliers in the UK to source an increasing proportion of electricity from renewable sources.

Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) are green certificates presented by Ofgem to accredited renewable energy generators for the electricity they generate. They are intended to create a market and be traded at market prices.They can be traded with other parties but are ultimately used to demonstrate that the suppliers have met their obligations. Generators will sell their ROCs to electricity suppliers or traders and this allows them to receive a premium as well as the wholesale electricity price. Suppliers present the certificates to Ofgem to demonstrate their compliance with the obligatio…

Concerning Gold

About a year ago now I read a highly interesting book by Annie Leonard called The Story of Stuff which examined all the various accoutrements with which we surround ourselves, where they come from and how they are produced and manufactured. Included in the book was a very enlightening chapter on gold and how generally unethical and environmentally destructive the gold industry is. At this time of the year most of us are thinking of Christmas of course, but some love-struck people around the world may be planning wedding's next year. If so, and if you are thinking of buying some gold for whatever reason, have a look at this guest article by Jen Marsden beforehand. It might make you think about what gold you buy and how you go about it.

Warming is sending the Arctic into a volatile state

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/warming-sends-arctic-into-new-volatile-state-69627
Global warming is rapidly driving the Arctic into a volatile state characterized by massive reductions in sea ice and snow cover, more extensive melting of the Greenland ice sheet, and a host of biological changes, according to a comprehensive report published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Wednesday.

New energy strategy

http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/articles/i/5536/
The government is promising a new energy strategy which will save the equivalent of 22 power stations worth of energy by 2020. Five end use energy demand centres will be created with support from UK research councils and £39 million worth of funding. Led by top universities, the strategy will in part look at how behaviour with regard to energy use can be changed.

Study confirms true scale of renewables bad press

http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2227813/exclusive-study-confirms-true-scale-of-renewables-bad-press?wt.mc_ev=click&WT.tsrc=Email&utm_term=&utm_content=How%20the%20national%20media%20treats%20renewables%20CC%20Group%20picture&utm_campaign=BusinessGreen%20Daily%20News%20281112&utm_source=Business%20Green%20Daily&utm_medium=Email

Do have a look at this story, published by Business Green today. I wish I could say I am surprised at this, but sadly I am not. The papers concerned are the usual culprits; The Times, The Mirror, The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph - all essentially serving a right wing agenda alongside vested interests in favour of the oil and gas industry and avoiding doing anything significant about climate change.

The survey by CCgroup that 51 percent of the articles surveyed were either negative or very negative towards the renewable energy sector. The interesting thing though is that the paper's viewpoints run counter to public …

Heseltine calls for energy policy certainty

http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/heseltine_uk_needs_unambiguous_energy_policy#.UJETSPlHmb0.twitter
In No Stone Unturned, his a wide-ranging blueprint for stimulating growth in the UK published today, the former cabinet minister and Tory grandee said that without the “real certainty” of a long-term energy policy, investors will “simply not risk the enormous sums of capital” needed to develop the UK’s energy infrastructure.

10 wind energy facts

http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/analysis/2220998/top-10-uk-wind-energy-facts
1. Wind power is booming - There was 6.9GW of total operational wind farm capacity by the end of June this year, with a further 4.2GW in construction and 5GW with planning consent.
2. Wind is to provide a 10th of UK electricity - If current levels of growth continue, wind energy capacity will reach 13.5GW by the end of 2013, delivering 10 per cent of the UK's electricity needs.
3. Councils are saying 'yes' to onshore wind - Wind farms have finally bucked the downward trend in planning approval rates. For the first time in five years, the amount of UK capacity being approved at a local level has increased instead of decreased.
4. Planning consents are up 15 per cent - UK consents by local councils for projects smaller than 50MW increased by 15 per cent compared to last year, and in England alone approvals rose by 60 per cent.
5. Ministers are rubberstamping wind projects - There was a near 5…

Lord Deben confirmed as keynote speaker at LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards

http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/news/1909/bulletin/
John Gummer, Lord Deben, the recently appointed Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, is confirmed as the keynote speaker at the opening of the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards which will be held in central London on the evening of January 29, 2013. The Awards will follow the LowCVP's Tenth Anniversary Reception.

An exciting future for Irish Wind Energy

http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/an-exciting-future-for-irish-wind-energy-20121109
Kenneth Matthews was appointed as the CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association in September 2011. He has over 14 years experience in the Irish energy industry and has previously worked with Intel, EirGrid and ESB.
His experience encompasses power system operation and protection and transmission access planning with EirGrid including the technical and commercial aspects of generation and load access to the transmission and distribution system.

He has also held numerous management roles including Production Manager Poolbeg Power Station and Station Manager Ardnacrusha Power Station and has been involved in delivering numerous projects across power generation from safety to power plant overhauls.

As a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol Ireland has been proactive in developing its wind industry and Renewable Energy Magazine was therefore very pleased to have a chance to speak directly to…

A Cheaper, Greener Planet for all

A guest post by Eve Pearce

The continuing consumption of fossil fuels is problematic both to society and to the environment. Sources of energy that were derived from an earth that was once fertile and prosperous are being devoured by people’s lust after new technologies, bigger cities and an ever growing population -  the earth has become saturated with consumers and is rapidly failing to meet the demand.

A seemingly valid source of a potential solution are green electricity suppliers; a rapidly growing area of the economy that supplies energy via renewable sources such as: solar, wind, hydraulic, geothermal and biomass. However there are many problems with the ‘green energy’ sector including a major concern over how to store enough of the energy to meet demand from the grid. If the supply is not large enough, and cannot be maintained at an industrial level, the technology will remain more or less redundant. As renewable energy is renowned in many cases for being inconsiste…

Green transport in Bristol?

My article for AtoB magazine concerning the prospects for green transport in Bristol has just been published:
http://www.atob.org.uk/


Top 10 useful UK wind energy facts

Business Green has recently published this article which is really interesting and worth reading:

http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/analysis/2220998/top-10-uk-wind-energy-facts
A new report from trade association RenewableUK has painted a bright picture of the UK's wind power sector, including a major upswing in approval rates for new onshore projects. Here, BusinessGreen outlines its key findings and recommendations:

1. Wind power is booming - There was 6.9GW of total operational wind farm capacity by the end of June this year, with a further 4.2GW in construction and 5GW with planning consent.

2. Wind is to provide a 10th of UK electricity - If current levels of growth continue, wind energy capacity will reach 13.5GW by the end of 2013, delivering 10 per cent of the UK's electricity needs.

3. Councils are saying 'yes' to onshore wind - Wind farms have finally bucked the downward trend in planning approval rates. For the first time in five years, the amount of…

GL RC opens new UK office