Renewables – every little helps
Tesco has established a £100m fund to develop wind turbines, solar panels, gasification, trigeneration and combined heat and power. The Company is working with the Carbon Trust and Brunel University to develop trigeneration combined heat and power (CHP) technology for their stores and distribution centres over the coming year with the aim of saving over 10,000 tonnes of CO2. These units enable them to capture and reuse heat created through power generation to reduce their overall carbon footprint.
The picture shows one of two turbines at the Tesco store in Barrow-in-Furness where the local MP is John Hutton, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Hutton has called for the growth of what he calls "green collar workers". He says the Government wants a manufacturing strategy which allows British industry to take advantage of the opportunities that tackling climate change presents, so that the UK is at the forefront of manufacturing new green technologies.
Carlisle News and Star 28th November 2007
Tesco has applied for planning permission for a turbine at their store in Corstorphine, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Evening News 15th August 2007
week ending 30 November 2007
The Building Research Establishment Trust which advises the government and
private sector, has found that in built-up areas weak winds and turbulence
mean turbines are likely to add to, not subtract from, a home's carbon footprint.
The BRE took data from sites across Manchester, Lerwick and Portsmouth and
analysed the likely performance of three models of turbine. In Manchester
two-thirds of the 96 different options studied for siting turbines produced
a carbon dioxide impact that could never be paid back. Building, installing and maintaining the units would, on balance, exacerbate global warming. The same was true in a third of cases in Portsmouth.
Guardian 30th Nov 2007
The Co-op estimates that fewer than 1% of households have invested in solar panels or other kinds of micro-generation and the government's decision to reduce the level of grants available can only make this kind of power even less attractive and economic. But the latest figures, which cover the 12 months of 2006, show households spent £213 on ethical home products including energy efficient light bulbs and "A"-rated kitchen appliances. Helped by greater product choice and a cut in price, sales of energy efficient alternatives rose by 44%.
Guardian 30th Nov 2007
The London 2012 team published its sustainability plan this week, outlining the areas it will tackle and making commitments in a number of key areas. This will include erecting a symbolic 120m wind turbine to the north of the Olympic Park and building a CHP plant as part of an on-site energy centre, allowing more efficient distribution of electricity while recycling heat created during generation.
Edie 29th Nov 2007
A Derbyshire shopping centre wants to install a wind turbine to supply half its power. McArthur Glen, which owns the East Midlands Designer Outlet, in South Normanton, has applied to Bolsover District Council to build the turbine at the back of the complex.
Derbyshire Evening Telegraph 29th Nov 2007
Uxbridge's works department is looking to cut its energy bill, and a wind turbine could be part of the solution. It is also looking at geothermal heaters (which draw energy through pipes in the ground) for the depot. If purchased, it would allow for a smaller turbine, he said.
Durham News 29th Nov 2007
Showcasing renewable technologies and complementary eco-products, both Travis Perkins and City Plumbing Supplies branches across the country, will roll out at working product demonstrations and advice for the trade.
Building Talk 29th Nov 2007
A major study on the performance of micro-renewable systems has found that they only generate a tenth of their potential electricity. The two-year research by the British Electrothechnical and Allied Manufacturers’ Association found that the PV, wind and microCHP systems under scrutiny only produced an average of 8.8% of capacity factor.
Building 29th Nov 2007
The Dalby Forest Visitor Centre has a woodfuel boiler burning woodchips from the forest, solar panels and wind turbines mean that nearly all energy needs are met from renewable sources.
Forestry Commission Press Release 29th Nov 2007
Green Building 29th Nov 2007
Where there’s wind there’s brass
A North Yorkshire primary school has become the first in the region to install a wind turbine in its grounds. Pannal Primary School in Harrogate is hoping the turbine will help educate the pupils about the environment while providing 17,000 kilowatts of free electricity every year.
York Press 28th Nov 2007
Lichfield is set to become a cleaner, greener town - following an announcement by Staffordshire County Council that it will cut emissions of climate-changing gases by 80 per cent in the next 40 years.
ICLichfield 28th Nov 2007
Ormlie Community Association has looked at ways of generating income itself and plans to set up a community-owned renewable energy scheme which will not only create an income for the association but help the area to become more aware of green energy issues. The association also operates an energy-efficiency project.
John O Groat Journal 28th Nov 2007
A unique new 'green' company, set up to put some power into Totnes, is aiming to reach every home in the town and beyond. The Totnes Renewable Energy Society has been set up to investigate and promote renewable sources of power across Totnes and the surrounding area.More than 70 people showed up for the launch at the Dart-Totnes Rowing Club at Steamer Quay in Totnes.
Devon Herald Express 28th Nov 2007
HADYARD Hill Community Energy Project has won a major award for savings made to household energy bills in Ayrshire. The project, a joint bid by the Energy Agency and South Ayrshire Council, was named winner of the EAS EnergySavers Award 2007. The award is run by fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland and supported by eaga, the UK's leading provider of residential energy efficiency solutions. The award recognises the investment of a Scottish and Southern Energy wind farm fund to install free insulation in a rural, off-mains gas area which had higher than average fuel bills, poorly-insulated properties and many households on benefits.
Ayrshire Post 28th Nov 2007
CHILDREN have had a lesson in green energy production as they watched a wind turbine being assembled in the grounds of their primary school. Pannal Primary School in Harrogate will gain 17,000 kilowatts of electricity each year from the turbine. The energy will be used by the school with the excess being fed back into the national grid.
Yorkshire Post 27th Nov 2007
Virtue will be its own reward if Plymouth City Council manages to hit a target of cleaning up its "carbon footprint" by 20 per cent by 2012. The equivalent savings on energy costs between now and then would amount to £3million.
Plymouth Herald 27th Nov 2007
Plans for a series of new environmentally friendly business parks have been submitted. Development company Sea Space, which is driving the regeneration of Hastings, hopes to get planning permission for the Enviro 21 Innovation Parks and in doing so put Hastings on the map. The buildings will make the most of the sun's energy and incorporate sustainable drainage systems, brown roofs to encourage biodiversity, a biomas s/biofuel boiler to power the site. A wind turbine may also be used to power the site.
Hastings Today 27th Nov 2007
A Northern Ireland developer has joined forces with a local renewable energy firm to launch the country's first energy-slashing, timber-framed eco-home.
Belfast Telegraph 27th Nov 2007
Warwickshire college student services block will be very green, with renewable energy measures including natural ventilation, a small wind turbine and rainwater harvesting.
IC Coventry 26th Nov 2007
The residents of the Beech Hill Community in Devon are reaping the benefits of renewable energy all year round, having just installed a new biomass boiler, four solar panels and a wind turbine.
Western Daily Press 26th Nov 2007
Beech Hill is one of nearly 170 renewable energy projects supported by EDF Energy since it launched its Green Fund in 2001.The company has awarded £3 million to schools, charities, local authorities, churches, water mills and other non-profit organisations for projects aimed at reducing the greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
Western Daily Press 26th Nov 2007
Carbon Trust study finds that micro combined heat and power systems can deliver carbon savings if used in properties with consistent heating requirements
Business Green 26th Nov 2007
Low carbon housing
SUE Roaf is an enviable woman. Not only
is she professor of architectural engineering at Scotland's prestigious Heriot
Watt University but she also has an annual home electricity bill of just £5.
The astonishingly low bill comes from Roaf's former home near Oxford where
she lived before moving to Scotland to take up her new academic position
earlier this year. Roaf, who is helping to develop designs for an eco-house
that is suitable for the Scottish climate, is now planning to build a new
home near Edinburgh to put her ideas into practice and create Scotland's
Scotland on Sunday 25th Nov 2007
A Norfolk hospital could become one of the first public sector organisations in the country to be powered by "green" energy from its own wind turbine. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn is working with Ecotricity to finalise plans for the turbine which would be up to 100 metres tall and cost around £1m.
Banbury Guardian 25th Nov 2007
East Anglia Daily Press 24th Nov 2007
A New classroom at Chew Magna Primary School will be powered by the sun after solar panels were installed on its roof. The scheme builds on the work of the Chew Magna Go Zero Project to reduce the village's carbon footprint.
Bristol Evening Post 25th Nov 2007
DEVELOPERS and local authorities in Wiltshire are being urged to build significantly greener homes and enter a new low-carbon housing' competition. Launched this week by Regen SW, the south west renewable energy agency, the competition is looking to reward the five biggest and most ambitious new housing schemes. Winners will receive specialist technical support so that they can plan their developments better, and dramatically reduce their schemes' carbon footprints.
Wiltshire Times 24th Nov 2007
Residents in a north Derbyshire town could become the first in the UK to part-own a hydro-electric power plant. Homeowners in New Mills are being invited to buy shares in a project that would harness energy from a local river for the National Grid.
Berwick Advertiser 24th Nov 2007
MORE than £6m would be saved over five years if households in Guernsey switched five light bulbs to energy efficient ones. And it would cost the States only about £375,000 to supply them for free.
This is Guernsey 24th Nov 2007
Totnes is determined to become a sustainable eco-town, which buys ethically from locally sourced goods to reduce its carbon footprint. Local businesses, faced with soaring oil prices and a desire to put something back into the community, have launched the green project.
Orange 24th Nov 2007
AN environmentally friendly church in Welwyn has been highly commended for reducing it's carbon footprint and helping in the battle against climate change. St Mary's in Church street received recognition in the Green Church Awards competition for dramatically cutting its carbon emissions from 44 tonnes a year to 1.5 tonnes a year. The church has installed what is believed to be the first ground source heat pump system in England drawing heat from the Earth to keep it warm.
St Albans and Harpenden Review 23rd Nov 2007
Build your own
Inverness college has a laboratory where the latest heating technologies using micro renewable systems can be seen working. They include solar panels, photovoltaic panels, air and ground source heat pumps, and small wind turbines.
Aberdeen Press and Journal 23rd Nov 2007
Under the SHEEP (South Humber Energy Efficiency Partnership) scheme, pensioners over the age of 75 get free loft and cavity wall insulation if they own their home. North East Lincolnshire Council is on track to meet a target of reducing fuel poverty by 30 per cent by 2010. Grants of up to £2,700 are available through a scheme called Warm Front for heating and insulation measures. The Government provides funds for residents who own the property or rent from a private landlord in receipt of a means tested/disability benefit or the tax credits. Renewable Energy Grants are available, with £250 towards the cost of installing wind turbines, solar panels, ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps.
Grimsby Telegraph 23rd Nov 2007
A Grimsby man who has solar panels at his home has encouraged others to embrace renewable energy.
Grimsby Telegraph 23rd Nov 2007
Two thriving north-east communities could double in size over the next two decades, according to a vision by planners revealed yesterday. The number of houses in Inverurie and Kintore could increase to 10,000 and 2,600 respectively - with eight more schools being built to accommodate the population increase. The ambitious projections also envisage biomass-energy plants being incorporated into the new developments to keep residents cosy.
Aberdeen Press and Journal 23rd Nov 2007
Developments as the wind farm at Coldham and McCain's turbines in Whittlesey have made the world sit up. The first is thanks to the Co-op.
Wisbech Standard 23rd Nov 2007
Planners want a new development in Plymouth to include measures to reduce climate change. The former Trengweath school can be turned into flats, council planners have agreed. But Plymouth City Council's planning department wants the development to include onsite renewable energy features to offset at least 10 per cent of predicted carbon emissions for the period up to 2010.
Plymouth Herald 23rd Nov 2007
Environment Minister Arlene Foster has pledged to reduce greenhouse gases with a new renewable energy planning policy. The Minister announced the publication of the draft policy (PPS 18) at the 2007 Northern Ireland Building Control Convention, the theme of which is ‘Building a Sustainable Future’. She invited comment on the new draft guidance which aims to encourage renewable energy developments to help tackle climate change and support more sustainable development.
Northern Ireland Executive 23rd Nov 2007
The market for domestic renewable technologies could be worth up to £3bn a year by 2016, but only if government policy does more to promote adoption. That is the conclusion of a new report from the Renewables Advisory Board (RAB) into the government's policy of ensuring all new homes are zero carbon from 2016, which yesterday claimed onsite renewables are essential to meet the government's targets "even where homes are built to the highest levels of energy efficiency".
Business Green 23rd Nov 2007
A review of the use of off-site renewables in meeting the zero-carbon homes target for 2016 has been launched a week after the communities department ruled out the possibility of any change.
Building 23rd Nov 2007
At the start of Britain's most ambitious housebuilding programme for a generation, housing minister Yvette Cooper talks about the balance between quantity and ecological quality, eco-towns—and magic wallpaper. We’ve set a timetable for all new housing to be zero carbon by 2016, and that will be underpinned in building regulations. It’s a more ambitious goal than any other country has aimed for. By 2010, all homes will need to meet level 3, by 2013 code level 4 and by 2016 code level 6, which is zero carbon: this means no net carbon emissions over the course of a year—you might draw down from the grid one month, but then you’d need to contribute back into the grid another month. We have worked on this with the Local Government Association, the World Wildlife Fund and the Housebuilders’ Federation.
Prospect Magazine December 2007