UK Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, recently gave a keynote speech to RenewableUK's Global Offshore Wind 2015
conference. Although she confirmed that the government does intend to support offshore wind, she also said that subsidies "can't last forever".
Ms Rudd described offshore wind as “one of the 21st
century’s industrial success stories” but she added that the industry's costs must be “progressively reduced”so that it “becomes more and more competitive, requiring less and less
public support so the future is sustainable and subsidy-free”.
Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland’s minister for business, energy and
tourism, was heartened by Ms Rudd's support for offshore wind but also noted that “there also needs to be clarity of support beyond
2020”. Others felt that she had failed to offer clear policy signals.
Last week, the UK government announced it was to end subsidies for
onshore wind farms in the country by closing down the Renewables
Obligation (RO) a year early, from 1st April 2016. The decision has generated widespread debate, particularly with regard to its likely effects on the UK renewable energy sector as a whole...
Mr Hall warned that wind farms may have to rely on the taxpayer for another decade. “It’s obvious to me that costs should come down for new investments,
because all consumers and governments want cheaper electricity" he said. “We’re committed to doing that, but you also need time before you can
produce or invest in wind power totally without subsidies.”
The UK government well and truly hit the
headlines this month with regard to its decision to close the Renewables
Obligation (RO) a year early, announced by the new Energy Secretary,
Amber Rudd. The RO is the main subsidy scheme providing funding for
renewable energy infrastructure over 5 MW. The previous coalition
government had already made provision for its replacement in 2017 by
Contracts for Difference (CfD) but now the government has brought the
closure forward, amid accusations of influence from senior,
climate-sceptic Tories opposed to renewable energy. The closure of the
RO in such a manner would hit Scotland particularly, it has been
claimed, and there are also widespread accusations that it would damage
investor confidence and severely harm the country’s ability to establish
a low-carbon economy.
The quarterly and monthly energy statistics just released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals the following: 7 percent of final energy consumption in 2014 came from renewables, up from 5.7 percent in 2013.Renewable electricity grew by 19 percent and renewable heating and transport also rose. Renewables share of electricity generation (wind, solar, hydro and others) increased from 19.6 percent in 2014 Q1 to 22.3 percent in 2015 Q1 with wind generation up by 5.3 percent.Renewable electricity was a record 21.1 TWh in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 15 percent on the same period a year earlier.Electricity from biogeneration increased 45.7 percent to 6.7 TWh in 2015 Q1 largely due to a second converstion to biomass at Drax Power Station in Yorkshire. Electricity generated from onshore wind increased by 4.7 per cent in to 7.0 TWh, and generation from offshore wind increased by 6.3 per cent to 4.7 TWh. Both increases were due to increased capacity; although…
Telecommunications and internet company Softbank Corp is to form a joint venture with Indian company Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan manufacturing services provider Foxconn to help develop renewable energy in India.
Now this is what I like, if you're going to criticise a new idea for a solar PV scheme, at least suggest an alternative, and that, actually, is exactly what Tavarish on the Jalopnik website has done. You will see on this article various criticisms of the solar cycle path constructed in Amsterdam. The piece includes a picture of what seems to be the glass cover broken up, revealing the panels beneath.
However, rather than using this as an excuse to bash PV in general, Tavarish has pointed out a solar roadway scheme that DOES work, that is to say the bike path stretching along the Daejeon to Sejong motorway in South Korea.
The decision by the UK government to end subsidies for onshore wind a year early is “wrong, ill-advised and irrational” said Fergus Ewing, MSP, warning that investors could leave the UK for other countries.
Bombora Wave Power
has signed a Technology Evaluation Agreement with Indonesian company
Anoa Power in advance of a manufacturing and distribution arrangement
for the supply of its Wave Energy Collector (WEC).
Recycling and renewable energy company Viridor
has welcomed HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO, and distinguished
guests to the opening of its new Ardley Energy Recovery Facility (ERF)
New urban water restrictions went into effect for cities across California
on Monday, but the state will have to do more to prepare for a possible
"new normal" of increased demand and dry periods that are longer, more
frequent and more intense, a group of scientists said.
California's approach to water management is severely outdated and
ill-suited to the state's mostly dry climate, according to Monday
comments from members of the Union of Concerned Scientists. The state
has to overhaul its water rights system, give its water managers the
authority to supervise water use and restrict it when necessary.
Thailand, already known as the Detroit of the East, is now aiming to be a global production hub of electric vehicles (EVs), Bangkok Post reports.Demand for EVs has risen rapidly over the past five years and is
expected to keep growing, and being an EV hub would help Thailand
capitalise on strong demand for EV parts and batteries, said Thailand’s
Science and Technology Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj.
“EVs are expected to be the new industry trend, reducing carbon
dioxide emissions and saving limited oil resources,” Pichet pointed out
at the opening ceremony of the Auto Parts Tech Day held at the Thailand
Science Park in Pathum Thani province.“The global automobile industry is focusing on EVs and biofuel
vehicles, while Thailand is a hub for one-tonne pick-ups and eco-car
production. It’s a natural fit for the country to prepare for EV
output,” he added.
According to the minister, his ministry plans to train staff and
prepare facilities for EVs and offer investme…
Although gas prices are temporarily low at the pump, long-term energy costs are on the rise. According to State of the World 2015 contributing
author Nathan John Hagens, a former hedge fund manager who teaches
human macro-ecology at the University of Minnesota, nations are papering
over those costs with debt. Higher energy costs are leading to
continued recessions, excess claims on future natural resources, and
more-severe social inequality and poverty (www.worldwatch.org).
relatively low cost of energy extraction has been perhaps the most important factor in
the industrialized world's economic success. Historically, large
quantities of inexpensive fuels were available even after accounting for
the energy lost to extract and process them. But, as remaining fuels
become less accessible, higher energy costs will have ripple effects
through economies built around continued large energy-input
requirements. Rising costs will endanger highly energy--- intensive industri…