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Showing posts from November, 2012

New energy strategy
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

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
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
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
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
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: