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Showing posts from December, 2012

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
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.