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Smart meter rollout delayed for at least another year

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/10/smart-meter-rollout-delay-year
In yet another reversal, following the delay to the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for example, the government has been forced to delay the rollout of the UK Smart Meter initiative until 2015 with completion now estimated for 2020 instead of 2019. The delay is due to various difficulties in coordinating the rollout.

The Algae Building....

One of my traits as a correspondent for Renewable Energy Magazine is always to look for stories that are particularly unusual or inspirational. Most of the time it turns out to be a new innovation in energy storage or a new wave and tidal device or something of that ilk, but the prize for this week has to go to the new Algae Biomass building in Hamburg, Germany (http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/iba-hamburg-opens-the-first-algae-biomass-20130514)

IBA Hamburg have been working on this project in cooperation with Arup Deutschland GmbH, Bollinger und Grohmann, Immosolar,Otto Wulff Bauunternehmung and SSC Strategic Science Consult. The building looks amazing. More to the point, it is the first building of its kind in the world as far as I know, and therefore is truly innovative. 

The building actually forms part of the International Building Exhibition 2013 and was launched officially on 24th April. The way it works is this: Two facades on the south-western and south-eastern si…

Old friends...

I went to George Monbiot's talk on Rewilding in Bristol yesterday. He is actually an old friend of mine from activism days back in the 1990's, particularly the road protest at Solsbury Hill in 1994 and the Land Is Ours campaigns of 1997-8. I talked to him once since, in around 2008 by email, but not actually seen him in person since 1997-8 or thereabouts. So I thought I would buy a copy of his book, which I was going to do anyway, and see what he had to say if I suddenly appeared right in front of him with a copy of his book to sign.

So anyway, he recognized me immediately I am glad to say, and I had to laugh as he suddenly said in surprise "Oh hello, how are you?" "Very well thankyou" I replied, "how are you doing? Been a while..." "Indeed" he said before asking me what I was doing these days. So I told him I was a freelance journalist working for Renewable Energy Magazine and writing a few odd extra magazine articles bes…

Should climate charge deniers be arrested and charged?

Oh dear, 400 parts per million carbon dioxide. Another milestone on the road to idiocy George Monbiot argues in his latest Guardian blog. For me though it's another milestone on the road to me entering an almost permanent state of depression whenever I think about the climate. Are there any chances of turning things around? It seems increasingly unlikely, although I have to say I am not a defeatist and so I will gladly carry on until the bitter end if needs be, providing I am not too busy trying to fend off the food rioters banging on my door.

Seriously though, it would be at least a little comforting if we could talk sensibly about climate on national newspapers comments sections, but I read recently that the amount of "astroturfing" by climate trolls paid by huge oil corporations has grown to such an extent that George himself doesn't even bother to read the comments section on his own blog pieces. And to be honest who could blame him. I've recently tried…