week ending 18 January 2008
The green building initiative spearheaded by Family Housing Association in North West Birmingham will see more solar panels and other energy saving measures. Since February last year, the Housing Association in conjunction with Birmingham City Council, has provided over 250 homes with solar panels and has now secured an extra £704,000 to extend the project further, providing another 73 homes with solar panels and other measures including super insulation and energy efficient lighting, by the end of March 2008.
Green Builder 17th Jan 2008
Gloucestershire Future Energy
A green initiative from South Gloucestershire Council aims to help householders cut their carbon footprints. The council has teamed up with Severn Wye Energy Agency to launch SG Futurenergy, which will provide advice and grants of £500 to residents who want to install renewable technologies to save money on their fuel bills and create a more sustainable home.
Green Builder 17th Jan 2008
Plans have been drawn up for a new "eco town" with up to 15,000 homes to be built near Selby. Government ministers are considering the plans and are expected to announce next month whether they have included it on a list of proposed new settlements.
Yorkshire Evening Post 17th Jan 2008
One of the largest sawmills in the British Isles, Balcas Timber Ltd near Enniskillen, has been praised for being at the 'cutting edge' of the development of renewable energy processes. Balcas is clearly at the forefront of generating renewable energy using wood fibre from forests as a fuel to produce electricity for industrial consumption and wood pellets for domestic use.
4NI 17th Jan 2008
Green Electricity Tariffs
Juliet Davenport, head of Good Energy, the only supplier in the UK that obtains 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources, blames inertia for consumers' reluctance to switch suppliers. Davenport suggests going online: the broker greenelectricity.org sells only green power and lists where all electricity companies obtain their supply.
Times 18th Jan 2008
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (CFCL) has signed an agreement with Paloma Industries Ltd of Japan to evaluate and develop integrated fuel cell micro-combined heat and power (m-CHP) products for the Japanese market.
Fuel Cell Today 17th Jan 2008
Research by Labour MP Lynne Jones reveals that until March 21, 2007, 3,988 households had been awarded grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Scheme. But in the six months from March to September, only 113 households had applied, because of the £2,500 cap. "Applicants are abandoning the scheme," says Dr Jones.
Telegraph 17th Jan 2008
AN allotment society in Leicester has been handed £10,000 of lottery cash to create a new environmentally-friendly building on its site which will contain an environmentally-friendly composting toilet, and there are plans to use solar panels and a wind turbine to provide power to the building.
Leicester City Council 17th Jan 2008
Paul Rowen MP, a Lib Dem Work and Pensions Spokesperson will shortly be meeting with OFGEM (The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) to discuss energy issues: from household bills and tackling fuel poverty to how to support renewable energy and micro generation.
Rochdale Online 16th Jan 2008
A LEADING ‘green’ school is hoping to support and enable others to follow in its low carbon footprints thanks to a grant.
Esher News Mail 16th Jan 2008
DENBIGHSHIRE has agreed to a commitment, in partnership with the Carbon Trust, to reduce its carbon footprint by 60% over the next 10 years. The reduction will be achieved by a combination of measures including biomass, heat pumps, and solar power.
Daily Post 16th Han 2008
Northern Ireland Schools
Over £1.3million will be invested in the installation of solar panels and small wind devices in 35 rural schools. Sixteen rural schools benefited from Phase One of the project which was completed in September 2007. Installation on a further 19 schools, as part of Phase Two, will commence shortly. The initiative also involves the development of an online educational resource, designed to educate the next generation of young people on sustainable energy issues.
Fermanagh Herald 16th Jan 2008
Edie 16th Jan 2008
Brand new 450-seater state-of-the-art performing arts centre is the latest addition to Lincoln's already burgeoning conference capabilities. The £7 million environmentally-friendly centre will include wind turbines.
Lincolnshire Echo 16th Jan 2008
A MAJOR deal has been struck to create one of the country's first zero-carbon business parks at Winfrith.
Dorset Echo 15th Jan 2008
Perthshire Carbon Competition
Students from 10 schools across Perth and Kinross will join a competition as part of the Climate Change Champions’ programme which is being launched this week by environmental charity Global Action Plan (GAP) in partnership with Norwich Union.
ICPerthshire 15th Jan 2008
A MAJOR new 'eco-town' could be built near Cambois if the scheme is chosen by the government. Outline proposals have been submitted to the Department of Communities and Local Government which could eventually lead to the creation of a 5,000-home community.
News Post Leader 15th Jan 2008
Newcastle Evening Chronicle 15th Jan 2008
OneWorldEnergy ( more >>), which launches online today, is the first green one-stop-shop for homeowners and businesses to receive simple and honest advice, and purchase everything relating to green energy, from solar panels to green electricity tariffs.
New Consumer 15th Jan 2008
EC Power's CHP products will be offered to E.ON's public and private sector customers in the UK, StatoilHydro said. Micro CHP simultaneously generates heating, hot water and electricity for use in domestic and commercial applications, the company said.
Reuters 15th Jan 2008
Two of the UK's biggest energy companies, British Gas and E.ON, have expressed increased interest in combined heat and power (CHP) generators, signing deals designed to accelerate widespread adoption of the carbon-saving technology.
Business Green 15th Jan 2008
Barking and Dagenham
The Council takes climate change seriously and is working to reduce the borough's carbon footprint by 11 per cent by 2010. Measures that have been introduced include energy efficient standards, an increase of renewable energy generated on-site and climate friendly designs for public spaces such as the new town square.
Barking and Dagenham Press Release 14th Jan 2008
A national team of scientists led by experts at Durham University are embarking on one of the UK’s largest ever research projects into photovoltaic (PV) solar energy. The £6.3million PV-21 programme will focus on making thin-film light absorbing cells for solar panels from sustainable and affordable materials.
One North-East 14th Jan 2008
POWER industry bosses have backed plans to build a Warwickshire academy to educate the next generation of green energy experts. The £4 million facility would feature a wind turbine, ground source heat pumps, solar cells, solar water heating, rainwater harvesting, automatic lights, and combined heat and power.
Coventry Telegraph 14th Jan 2008
Ruddock on Micro-Wind
A few years ago, anyone wanting to pin their green credentials to the flag got themselves a wind turbine. In fashionable, eco-conscious suburbs and most notably on David Cameron's Notting Hill home, the turbines began springing up, but as time went on research suggested they might not be so environmentally friendly after all. Ruddock: I don't think wind turbines entirely deserved the bad press, but their success does depend where you live.
Yorkshire Post 14th Jan 2008
More Micro-CHP progress
Chester-based company Energetix Group has, through its Genlec division, signed an agreement with Eon to develop and deploy Genlec’s micro-CHP boilers.
Engineeer 14th Jan 2008
Forbes 14th Jan 2008
Power Engineering 15th Jan 2008
Combined heat and power (CHP) technology will revolutionise the way electricity and heat are produced in homes across the UK by 2010, said CHP Association research manager Peter Smith in an interview with Thomson Financial News. The forecast follows the separate announcements today that Ceres Power and Energetix Group will, with financial backing from leading residential energy suppliers, develop new CHP technologies to be used in homes across the UK.
Forbes 14th Jan 2008
Boiler wars are set to break out in the household heating market after the country's two leading energy supply companies backed different state-of-the-art home power technologies. Britain is on the verge of a leap into sustainable household energy with the advent of micro-Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units capable not only of acting as a typical wall-mounted boiler but also of producing enough electricity to fulfil the average home's domestic needs.
London Evening Standard 14th Jan 2008
Turbine meets its maker
A LARGE domestic wind turbine which has featured on the skyline above Baldinnie in Fife for many years has collapsed in the storms that swept the country last Wednesday.
Dundee Courier 14th Jan 2008
Energy Efficiency in Germany
Letter from Prof Lewis Lesley: We are making no serious attempt to reduce energy waste. In 2006 the German government began a 20-year project to fit five per cent per year of all homes to a zero carbon standard. By 2026 all German homes will be zero carbon. From 2016 all new homes in Britain will have to be zero carbon. So by 2026 Britain will have seven per cent of the housing stock at a zero standard, reaching 100 per cent in 2166, 140 years after Germany.
Telegraph 14th Jan 2008
Zero-carbon non-domestic buildings
The majority of new non-domestic buildings can be zero-carbon if onsite, near-site and offsite renewable energy sources are used, a new report has found. Carbon Reductions in New Non-Domestic Buildings - compiled by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) - also concluded that a challenging target should be set to achieve zero-carbon new non-domestic buildings. It suggested the adoption of a 2020 deadline - four years behind the UK government's target of 2016 for new domestic buildings.
Enviro Solutions 13th Jan 2008
Every shopper who reuses a carrier bag at Asda in Winsford will receive a Go Green voucher which can then be handed in at any primary school. The vouchers will help schools benefit from things like wind turbines
Winsford Guardian 13th Jan 2008
SOLAR powered technology is being introduced to new homes to assess the energy saving benefits and help tackle climate change. The homes, on Carrington Park, are being fitted with solar panels and tiles that use the sun's heat to provide hot water and electricity to the home. One of the properties relies on two roof solar thermal panels to power the hot water cylinder, whereas a second property depends on solar photovoltaic tiles to generate its electricity.
This is Cheshire 12th Jan 2008
BPF Attack Fallon
British Property Federation criticises proposals in a Tory MP’s private members’ bill claiming it would undermine its fight against climate change. The British Property Federation renewed its attack this week on micro-generation, claiming a bill put forward by Tory MP Michael Fallon calling for flexible Merton Rules for local authorities is misguided. Fallon wants local authorities to set on-site renewable targets for new developments, reinforcing the Merton Rule.
Building 11th Jan 2008
The London Councils grants committee has agreed to provide £1.24 million towards projects promoting energy efficiency, water conservation and the use of renewable energy.
This is Local London 11th Jan 2008
A new supermarket in Bolton is to be partly powered by three 30ft high wind turbines.
Bolton News 11th Jan 2008
Northern Ireland Schools
Solar panels and small wind devices are to be installed in 19 rural schools across Northern Ireland.
Belfast Telegraph 11th Jan 2008
EnviroSolutions 13th Jan 2008
Microgeneration is a massively under-exploited system of energy generation in the UK. A study undertaken by the Energy Saving Trust for the Department of Trade & Industry suggested that by 2050, microgeneration could provide 30% to 40% of the UK's electricity needs and help reduce household carbon emissions by 15%. The forms of microgeneration identified as viable included solar photovoltaics, wind turbines and small-scale hydro (in suitable areas), ground source heat pumps (GSHP), bio-energy, mini-combined heat and power, and hydrogen energy and fuel cells.
Guardian 11th Jan 2008
An application for a depot by an Internet Distribution Company includes installing a 20kw wind turbines.
Holyhead and Anglesey Mail 11th Jan 2008
Tesco Wind rejected
A SUPERMARKET'S attempt to power a 24-hour store with a 35ft wind turbine has been withdrawn at the 11th hour. Tesco wanted to embrace green energy sources by building the structure at the north west corner of its car park in Greenock. But Inverclyde Council planners said the turbine would be "unsightly" and recommended rejecting the application.
Glasgow Evening Times 11th Jan 2008
Wind turbines which cost a council £2,400 may generate less power than is needed to run a lightbulb for a day, according to a new report. Daventry Council had micro-wind turbines fitted at Daventry Country Park and its Lodge Road offices last year, as part of a national study into the performance of the devices.
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 11th Jan 2008
Micro-CHP vs Nukes
The big difference between the megalomaniac nuclear industry and micro CHP - whilst nuclear takes decades to build before producing any power at all, micro CHP can be installed 1kW at a time, producing power from day one. In terms of capacity, if we replaced all domestic gas boilers (as they reach the end of their useful life) with micro CHP , we could in theory install 1.5 million micro CHP units every year. That is equivalent to 1.5GWe, or not far off the size of one nuclear power station in 2008, another in 2009, in 2010 and ...you get the picture. By 2020, we could have the equivalent of twelve nukes powered by micro CHP. And if it didn't work out for some reason, we could just stop installing them; on the other hand, with nuclear you have to commit to the whole £2billion (or more) price tag for a single station and if, after 10 years construction, it doesn't stack up, you have absolutely nothing to show for your money...which would you invest in?
MicroChap 10th Jan 2008
Dogstarscribe 14th Jan 2008
It is staggering that in spite of the enormous potential to save energy through CHP - from microCHP units in individual homes to district heating schemes and industrial-scale CHP on our largest oil refineries - we have neither the incentives nor the regulatory frameworks in place for CHP to play its full part in a modern, competitive, low-carbon energy market.”
CHPA Press Release 10th Jan 2008
No Merton Rule for Ulster
Northern Ireland Environment Link is extremely disappointed by Peter Robinson's decision not to proceed with a policy that would require construction companies to fit renewable energy sources to all new buildings. Northern Ireland is now falling behind most of the UK where typically 10% of a new development's energy must be from embedded renewable technologies.
A SOLUTION to Trafford’s lack of affordable housing could come in the shape of a new 5,000-home ‘eco-town’. As part of a nationwide housing drive the government wants to create 10 green towns of up to 20,000 homes each, and Trafford Council is interested in transforming an industrial site in Carrington.
Manchester Metro News 10th Jan 2008