Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism
switched on this 15 metre high 6kw Proven turbine on 14th November at EAE
Ltd in Loanhead Midlothian. EAE Ltd is a leaflet marketing company trying
to reduce its carbon footprint. It expects to save 8 tonnes of carbon per
year with the turbine supplying about 50% of the company's electricity needs.
Surplus electricity is sold to Good
(Jim Mather is pictured with Lewis and Katie - children of EAE’s Managing Director, Glen Bennett)
The turbine was built in Scotland by Ayrshire-based Proven Energy Ltd and installed by RD Energy Solutions of Edinburgh. When EAE Ltd relocated to Loanhead, Midlothian, in 2004 it asked the Business Environment Partnership to carry out an environmental audit of the entire operation. EAE was awarded a grant of £13,000 towards the £27,000 cost of the turbine. The project has taken two years to get off the ground, but only took two days to install, as a result of various barriers.
week ending 16 November 2007
THE FIRST private wind turbine erected on the Mearns coast is proving a real traffic stopper as drivers on the A92 Dundee to Aberdeen road pull up to question local energy pioneer.
Dundee Courier 16th Nov 2007
Micro power finance
Senior West MP Don Foster is spearheading a bid to boost measures to increase the amount of energy generated in homes.The Bath MP has backed a Commons motion demanding action to promote microgeneration measures such as wind turbines and solar panels. He wants legislation introduced to highlight practical ways to support microgeneration, such as requiring mortgage companies to offer loans to cover the cost of installing devices such as wind turbines.
Western Daily Press 15th Nov 2007
A Lincolnshire primary school has found a novel way of cutting down on its electricity bills. The Langtoft School, near Bourne, is generating power with a six kilowatt wind turbine on the site. The school received £11,000 from the government for the turbine which could cut energy bills by £3,000 a year.
BBC 15th Nov 2007
THE Greenhouse Business Centre at Annfield Plain in County Durham features a range of sustainable construction techniques including ground-source heating and cooling, a wind turbine and photovoltaic roof panels.
Newcastle Journal 15th Nov 2007
A wind turbine is to generate electricity for a college on the site of an ancient windmill, if plans get the go-ahead. Gateway College has won permission for a £30 million relocation to a greenfield site in Hamilton and is seeking approval for a 15m-high mast.
Leicester Mercury 15th Nov 2007
Finance Secretary John Swinney gave a commitment to supporting new marine energy and tripling funding for microgeneration and community renewables, which include home turbines and local biofuel projects, to £13.5m by 2011.
Herald 15th Nov 2007
We have the taxpayer paying out £220,000 to save the tenants of Berwickshire Housing Association some £1,000 a year - less than 10 per cent of the real cost. These economics are those of the madhouse.
Scotsman 15th Nov 2007
Schools from across Scotland have signed up to compete against each other to formulate and deliver the best fundraising idea and win a Windsave wind turbine.
Allmedia Scotland 15th Nov 2007
AN HISTORIC Northwich college is in line for a £22million investment that will radically change the face of its campus. Sir John Deane's College will become a state-of-the-art eco-friendly college. Plans include high levels of insulation and renewable energy sources such as biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps.
This is Cheshire 14th Nov 2007
National showcase school
WORK has started to install £6m worth of green technology at a secondary school. Solar panels and ground source heating pumps are among the energy-saving measures to be incorporated into a £30m rebuild of Richmond School, which is due for completion in 2010.
Northern Echo 14th Nov 2007
YOUNGSTERS are mapping out a green future for their school, as part of National Enterprise Week. About 210 year ten pupils from Framwellgate School, in Durham, are creating 3D models of how their school might look in years to come, boasting environmental features such as wind turbines and solar panels.
Northern Echo 14th Nov 2007
Three new "superschools" are under construction in Burnley and Pendle ahead of their anticipated opening next September. The new building will be one of the most environmentally-friendly in the country, with energy saving technology including a boiler fuelled by woodchips and rainwater harvesting. Other green technologies will include ground source heat pumps, solar panels for domestic water heating, combined heat and power pumps to heat the swimming pool and a natural ventilator system for classrooms.
This is Lancashire 14th Nov 2007
Car maker Toyota is hoping to strengthen its green credentials by harnessing wind power at its engine factory in Flintshire.
Cornhill Estates has built five eco-houses and six apartments at Poundbury in a joint venture with The Duchy of Cornwall. The scheme achieved the standard of BREEAM EcoHomes Excellent for all the buildings. The buildings include a range of features including rainwater collection to flush loos and for washing machines, sheep wool loft insulation and a heat recovery ventilation system to move warm air from kitchens and bathrooms round the house.
Dorset Echo 14th Nov 2007
The environment and clean energy fields are forecast to become a boom employment area in the coming decades generating millions of jobs in new technologies and greenhouse mitigation activity. This will occur at the same time as jobs are lost in great numbers in industries hit by the impacts of a changing climate.
Carbon Positive 13th Nov 2007
A new community centre for concerts and theatre use, a crèche, an elderly day-care facility, a large hall with two badminton courts and a drop-in café, will be an eco-friendly building, which will have its own micro-wind turbines for powering its heating system.
Perthshire Advertiser 13th Nov 2007
The East Midlands Designer Outlet, run by McArthurGlen, has revealed plans to build a wind turbine on site to maximise its use of renewable energy, reducing the size of its carbon footprint by 50 per cent. If approved the 95 metre tall wind turbine could save 1,600 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, making the scheme the first shopping centre in the UK to generate a significant amount of its own sustainable green energy.
Shopping Centre.co.uk 13th Nov 2007
Hull College's £4.4m Construction Centre of Excellence already boasts a host of eco-friendly design features. Now, planning councillors have given the go-ahead for the college to install the city centre's first major wind turbine as part of the complex on Freetown Way.
Hull Daily Mail 13th Nov 2007
Climate Friendly Communities in Northamptonshire is looking for organisations – including housing estates, parish councils, sports groups and schools – to join it in an effort to reduce the county's carbon footprint. The project also aims to help groups become more climate friendly, offering advice on a range of eco-issues and tips on how to apply for grants.
Northants Evening Telegraph 13th Nov 2007
East Midlands Development Agency (emda) has injected £265,000 into a project which will enable communities across the East Midlands to own and operate their own green energy co-operatives. The co-operatives will manage sustainable green energy resources such as wind farms, hydro-electric power plants and in some cases biomass schemes (creating heat and power from renewable sources i.e. burning locally-sourced wood). The project will enable around eight communities to own and produce sustainable energy by offering shares in the energy project. As part of a co-operative they will receive a share of the profit from the sale of electricity or heat.
East Midlands Development Agency 12th Nov 2007
Wind turbines and tidal power are part of the detailed plans, which have been revealed today, to cut the carbon footprint of the houses of parliament by almost a third. The detailed study, commissioned by MPs and peers, has been drawn up by BDP Sustainability, a firm of engineers and architects who have advised Tesco on improving the sustainability of its stores.
New Consumer 12th Nov 2007
Councils lack strategy (ii)
Three quarters of UK councils currently have no strategy in place to reduce their carbon emissions, according to a new survey from the Low Carbon Innovation Network. The survey of 200 councils, commissioned by The Observer, found that while most councils had begun the process of developing an emissions reduction strategy, the majority had not yet begun putting such a strategy into place.
Business Green 12th Nov 2007
Those claiming that relatively large scale wind turbines can prove viable in urban and industrial locations saw their argument strengthened this week as plans emerged for two high-profile urban projects. Car manufacturer Nissan has confirmed that it is to add two more turbines at its plant in Sunderland, bringing the number operating at the site to eight.
Business Green 12th Nov 2007
THE Green Party is calling for several new eco-towns to be built near Worcester to satisfy the Government's wish for more housing. Members of the party from Worcester, Malvern Hills and Wychavon say several new towns would allow planners to take a fresh approach to transport and development, putting climate change at the top of the policy agenda.
Worcester News 12th Nov 2007
Greener Park & Ride
COMMUTERS to Chelmsford will enjoy a greener bus scheme as improvements to the park and ride take place. Ground works have started that will make it possible for a state-of-the-art wind turbine to be installed on the site, powering the lighting, machines and display boards on the site.
Basildon and Wickford Recorder 12th Nov 2007
A Devon college is of one of 100 schools to have won an energy-saving PC kit and a wind turbine to power it. South Devon College in Paignton, won the Ecoquiet computer and turbine in a competition run by RM, a British schools' IT supplier.
Western Morning News 12th Nov 2007
IT IS a quiet and picturesque parish in the Scottish Borders, but Ayton is on the cusp of a revolution in the way renewable energy can be used to run our homes. Building work begins today on the town's Beanburn Road, to create what it is believed will be Europe's first hydrogen-fuelled, zero-carbon home.
Scotsman 12th November 2007
One Planet Living apartments in Brighton have just gone on sale. The development of 172 studio, one- and two-bed apartments in the New England Quarter claims zero carbon emissions, a zero waste plan, sustainable transport solutions (you can hire a car through an on-site car club), and supports local and sustainable food and wildlife.
Three major English cities are set to develop tailored action plans to slash their CO2 emissions under a new scheme, UK Minister for Climate Change Joan Ruddock has announced. Under the Low Carbon Cities Programme, the Carbon Trust and the Energy Saving Trust will work with Bristol, Leeds and Manchester to develop individual city-wide action plans to achieve low-carbon economies, which are both prosperous and sustainable.
Councils lack strategy (i)
Three out of four councils in the UK have no plan in place to reduce and monitor carbon emissions, according to research carried out for The Observer. The results are another blow for the UK's hopes of meeting ambitious emissions cuts promised by the government in the climate change bill announced in the Queen's Speech last week. Despite the massive impact of emissions from council buildings - from offices to schools - 5 per cent of the councils surveyed had not initiated an emissions reduction scheme. Most had begun the process, though half had not reached the stage of 'identifying and appraising carbon reduction projects'.
Observer 11th Nov 2007
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA), an arm of Inland Revenue, is preparing to tax solar panels, wind turbines and micro-generation technology with higher business rates and council tax. This follows news that Gordon Brown is set to abandon Tony Blair's targets on renewable energy.
The Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership (CSEP) is made up of 72 organisations from the private and public sector including all the councils of Cornwall, the Cornwall NHS Trusts, renewable energy companies and voluntary organisations. The common aim is to create a sustainable energy low carbon economy for Cornwall.
This is the West Country 11th Nov 2007
The country's first blueprint for eco-housing has been unveiled in Taunton.The ground-breaking document has been developed by the team behind Project Taunton - a multi-million pound scheme to transform the town into the region's jewel in the crown. It includes 10 commandments that will ensure green living and climate-friendly practices which are at the heart of all building and regeneration schemes in Taunton.
Western Daily Press 10th Nov 2007
Bydales School is generating some of its energy through its small wind turbine, it also runs a small hydrogen fuel cell.
Darlington & Stockton Times 10th Nov 2007
A NEW South-West survey reveals a massive surge in community activity across the region to meet the challenge of climate change. The survey, conducted by Friends of the Earth with funding from the South West Regional Assembly, shows that there are well over 260 community groups in the region who are tackling climate change and an astonishing 103 groups have formed since 2005.
This is the West Country 9th Nov 2007
The Cambridge Rail Station are regeneration scheme will be high-quality, light and modern building predominantly finished in glass and stone, will adopt a sustainable approach in an effort to exceed the latest renewable energy targets and to be highly energy-efficient.
Business Weekly 9th Nov 2007
PERMISSION has been given to erect a wind turbine in Eshaness for some of Europe's first "unplugged" homes. The two semi-detached Hjaltland Housing Association houses will not be connected to the electricity mains, getting their light, heat and hot water instead from a combination of wind and solar power plus energy stored as hydrogen.
Shetland Times 9th Nov 2007
A NORTH Tyne farmer is planning to build an eco-friendly farmhouse, including wind turbines and a sewage treatment plant.
Hexham Courant 9th Nov 2007
Ecobuild, of which CIOB are a headline supporter, returns to Earls Court next February, double the size with more than twice the number of exhibitors, more free seminars (there were 60 in 2007, there will be over 75 next year) and a whole series of impressive attractions linked to the key themes - zero carbon, water management and renewable energy.
CIOB 9th Nov 2007
Jane Davidson, Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing outlining the Welsh Assembly Governments targets to fight Climate Change at conference in Cardiff on 9 November said: We need to harness the potential of renewable energy and look seriously at ways to make Wales self-sufficient in low carbon electricity within 20 years. We published the Micro Generation Action Plan for Wales in March and want to encourage individuals, communities and business to take part. We have also set out our aim for all new buildings in Wales to be zero carbon by 2011.
Welsh Assembly Government 9th Nov 2007
While obviously it's positive that all new homes will have to be zero carbon, the government must address the bigger issue and encourage homeowners to take action by offering incentives such as tax breaks for introducing energy-saving home improvements and subsidies for using green energy. The new body, The Homes and Communities Agency, announced in the Queen's Speech on 6 November is tasked with ensuring future housing developments are environmentally friendly yet has no remit to tackle existing properties.
What Green Home 9th Nov 2007
ESC, in association with a number of leading bodies, has just produced another Best Practice Guide for electrical contractors and installers, this time on the increasingly hot topic of connecting microgeneration systems to domestic electrical installations. With increasing demand from consumers for renewable energy generation, electrical contractors need to be equipped with knowledge of the different types of microgeneration systems available, how to install them and the legal and contractual issues surrounding their use. Copies of the guide can be downloaded free from the Business and Communities section of the ESC website.
Electrical Times 6th Nov 2007