Warm homes up North
The Combined Heat and Power boiler house for the Aberdeen Heat and Power scheme at Stockethill also showing one of the four tower blocks provided with heat. Stockethill is one of three similar schemes in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen Heat and Power Co Ltd is an independent, not-for-profit company established to develop and manage the CHP schemes.
The main contractor was Integrated energy utilities
week ending 7 March 2008
Eco-towns set to fail
The Scottish housing minister says the Labour government’s eco-towns initiative in England is set to fail because it will simply lead to developers reheating rejected applications.
Building 7th March 2008
A Leyland supermarket is hoping to become more environmentally friendly - by building a wind farm on its roof. Tesco in Leyland has applied to put six wind turbines on top of its landmark store in Towngate, which will be one of the first across the country to benefit from the technology.
Leyland Guardian 7th March 2008
Romford Heritage Plans
Under ambitious plans, Upminster Court, in Hall Lane, will be restored to its 1900s architectural glory, with a restored Italianate-style courtyard, roof top garden, and wind power facilities.
Romford Recorder 7th March 2008
Objections to wind turbines at the Norfolk HQ of carmaker Lotus have been dropped by the Ministry of Defence. It had said the planned 120m turbines at Lotus' test track near Wymondham would interfere with its radars at RAF Trimingham, 30 miles away. A "detailed reappraisal" of their likely impact has now prompted the MoD to withdraw its opposition.
Banbury Guardian 6th March 2008
A ROTHERHAM school will be improving its green credentials, thanks to a cash boost from a major supermarket chain. Brinsworth Comprehensive School is to have free solar panels installed courtesy of the Co-op's £1 million national Green Energy for Schools scheme.
Sheffield Star 6th March 2008
Shortlisted for a prestigious award: "The Northumberland Renewable Energy Group" — made up of public and private sector organisations from across the county to promote and develop renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Berwick Advertiser 6th March 2008
It looks as though the government may be deciding to embrace feed-in tariffs, and the Renewable Energy Association have issued a statement welcoming the news. Malcolm Wickes, the energy minister, told an evidence session on the Energy Bill that the Government is looking at new proposals to boost micro-generation - including a feed-in tariff. The Renewable Energy Association has welcomed the plans to look ‘afresh’ at microgeneration and the concept of a Feed-in Tariff.
Green Building 6th March 2008
EDM890 calls for the introduction of enabling powers in the current Energy
Bill. On 6th March it had 158 signatures.
As secretary of state for Northern Ireland in 2005-2007, I introduced bold measures such as changing the building regulations. From next month, all new developments will be required to have micro-generation schemes designed in. If that were to be extended across Britain, it would create a vibrant market for small-scale renewables, create jobs, cut energy bills and reduce emissions.
New Statesmen 6th March 2008
The government's Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) was launched in 2006 to provide grants to householders wanting to install renewable generation technologies - from solar panels to small hydro schemes - on their properties. Instead of kick-starting a whole new market sector, the government starved it of funds. This stop-start approach led to frustrated householders and cash-strapped solar installation companies, many of which began to go bust. We managed to put only 270 solar panels on British roofs last year, while Germany installed 130,000. Germany's renewables sector has rocketed, thanks to a system that guarantees long-term paybacks at above-market rates for cleanly generated power. This is called the "feed-in tariff", which has also successfully catapulted Spain and Portugal to the top of the European clean energy league.
New Statesman 6th March 2008
We welcome yesterday's proposal that would allow householders to install micro- generation systems such as solar panels without the red tape, delay and expense of obtaining planning permission, even if it merely brings Scotland into line with England. Under Sarah Boyack's Private Member's Bill, council tax would be cut for those generating their own power. The Shadow Environment Secretary's measure deserves consideration. Another issue that needs attention is a system to ensure the industry is supported by a skilled network of installers, as poor installation is the biggest threat to this growing sector. In social housing, micro-technologies could also help the fuel-poor to reduce their power bills and do their bit for the planet.
Herald 6th March 2008
A giant wind turbine could soon appear on Colchester's skyline. Energy companies are to be invited by Colchester Council to propose schemes to build one or more turbines, up to 120 metres high, on land north of the A12, near the town's new Community Stadium.
Essex Gazette 6th March 2008
It's not so much green energy as brown power: a dairy farm in California said yesterday that it had found a new way to generate electricity for households — using a vat of liquid cow manure, 33ft deep and big enough to cover five football fields. As cow manure decomposes it produces methane, a greenhouse gas more damaging than carbon dioxide. Scientists say that controlling methane emissions from animals such as cows will be hugely important in preventing climate change.
Times 6th March 2008
Telegraph 5th March 2008
To the Manor – heat
The heating system for the nine apartments in the converted manor house is not just efficient but also eco-friendly. A low wooden building in the grounds - called the energy centre - houses a £100,000 biomass boiler fed by woodchips. The outcome for residents will be lower fuel bills.
Telegraph 6th March 2008
Welsh Carbon reductions
The National Assembly Sustainability Committee has today taken a new approach in making recommendations to the Welsh Assembly Government by outlining six major recommendations to reduce carbon emissions in Wales. Recommendations included the active promotion the Low Carbon Building programme and additional grants for micro-generation schemes in existing housing.
News Wales 5th March 2008
South London carbon reductions
A South London Housing Co-op is nearing the end of a retrofit that should see its CO2 emissions reduced by 60%. The project has seen the installation of Biomass boilers and Solar Hot Water on a street of 14 houses and 6 flats along with a number of energy efficiency measures including cavity-wall and loft insulation, improved natural daylighting and ventilation, and heat-recovery ventilation units to bathrooms and kitchens.
Green Builder 5th March 2008
A school is making the most of coastal winds by installing a wind turbine which will provide almost all the electricity it needs to operate. Gorran School has been successful in getting £53,000 to install the turbine, which will be going up in the next few weeks.Funding has taken the form of £30,000 from EDF Energy's Green Fund, £14,000 from the Low Carbon Building Programme, £6,530 from the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and £2,200 from the Eco Schools' Grant Programme.
This is Cornwall 5th March 2008
Derby goes all Malmo
Derby could be soon be added to an exclusive list of the world's top green cities if plans announced this week come to fruition. City council leader Chris Williamson wants to model Derby on Malmo in Sweden, one of 15 global green cities renowned for energy-saving developments.
Derby Evening Telegraph 5th March 2008
Groups of more than five homes and every shop or factory must be able to produce some of their own electricity under recommendations to combat climate change published by AMs today.As part of an inquiry into cutting carbon emissions the Assembly's Sustainability Committee said any new cluster of more than five homes, including blocks of flats, should produce 10 per cent of its energy on site. It would either come from micro-generation units, such as small wind turbines and solar panels, or shared facilities like district heating systems.
South Wales Evening Post 5th March 2008
GROUNDBREAKING technology will be used to provide the power for the marketing suite to be opened at Middlesbrough’s RiversideOne development. The £200m redevelopment at Middlehaven by BioRegional Quintain will include a hydrogen fuel cell to power the soon-to-be-opened marketing suite on the site. Set to be the UK’s largest zero carbon development, RiversideOne will also create the country’s first truly sustainable community.
Newcastle Evening Gazette 5th March 2008
CARBON Neutral Riverside is holding an open day in Riverside Primary School on Saturday from 10am until 2.30pm. GCNR aims to tackle climate change and high energy bills by lowering Riverside's carbon footprint. On Saturday Ian McLean and Stuart Hamilton of Renewable Devices Consultancy will present the findings of their renewable energy study for Riverside. Other key speakers will be Stirling councillor Graeme Reed, Graeme Cowtan of Fintry Renewable Enterprise and Diane Alderdice of Riverside Community Orchards.
Stirling Observer 5th March 2008
FURTHER details have been released this week about how Ravenscraig will become home to Scotland’s greenest houses. The strictest environmental standards in the country will be applied to all new homes built on the former steelworks site. As part of the billion pound regeneration of Ravenscraig, developers have been ordered to construct the most eco-friendly, large-scale housing development Scotland has ever seen.
Wishaw Press 5th March 2008
Green Garden Centre
AMBITIOUS plans for a £14 million garden centre in the town have been lodged. This will include providing a minimum of 10% of Dobbies energy requirements from renewable sources and may include the use of wind turbines to generate power and biomass for heat.
East Kilbride News 5th March 2008
Irish Passive House
In response to the need to educate professionals and their clients on how to design, specify and construct passive houses and facilitate the further development of this standard here in Ireland, SEI has published 'Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Passive House Dwellings in Ireland'.
Enviro-Solutions 5th March 2008
The search is for a developer to build 150 eco-homes on a brownfield site in Whitehaven.
Carlisle News and Star 4th March 2008
As the Government prepares to publish its list of possible eco-town sites, Labour MP John Grogan explains why Selby should be a location, while Grant Shapps, the Tory housing spokesman, outlines his concerns.
Yorkshire Post 4th March 2008
An event to bring together top executives to share best practice on reducing carbon emissions takes place next week.The Low Carbon Innovation Exchange, sponsored by the South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), is part of a UK-wide series of events to tackle climate change. The event includes seminars, workshops and discussion groups about achieving a low-carbon economy. Topics include resource efficiency, renewable energy and low-carbon technologies, waste management and recycling.
Bristol Evening Post 4th March 2008
A PRIMARY school is leading the way in going green, thanks to a Co-op initiative.
Bottesford Primary School has been chosen for the Co-operative Group's Green Energy for Schools scheme, which aims to install free solar panels in 100 schools.
Grantham Journal 4th March 2008
A NEW Sainsbury's store planned for Westhoughton will be partly powered by three 30ft wind turbines.
Bolton News 4th March 2008
Antrim Area Hospital has saved £186,000 on electricity bills by installing a wind turbine, according to figures released in the assembly. Since February 2005 the turbine has generated £56,000 profit, and 1,085 fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide were emitted into the atmosphere. The 40m high turbine is the largest in any hospital in the UK, and is located off the health facility's campus.
BBC 4th March 2008
ASIDE from large-scale renewable energy developments, Teesside is home to a number of smaller, domestic scale projects.
Newcastle Evening Gazette 4th March 2008
Permitted Development (Scotland)
A planning shake-up to make it easier for householders to install solar panels, wind turbines and ground heat pumps is being considered. Energy Minister Stewart Stevenson is consulting on whether micro-generation equipment could be set up without the need for planning permission.
BBC 4th March 2008
Herald 5th March 2008
Scotsman 5th March 2008
Dundee Courier 5th March 2008
Edinburgh Evening News 4th March 2008
Permitted Development Rights for Domestic Microgeneration Equipment - Consultation
Paper. Scottish Government, March 2008 Consultation runs until 12th May 2008
A SMALL Glenrothes firm’s ambitious plans to open a multi- million pound power storage manufacturing unit which could create hundreds of jobs have moved on a stage, with a site being secured at the Fife Energy Park to take the project forward. Plurion, an offshoot of California firm Electrochemical Design Associates, has been investigating the development of 40-foot-high batteries which have the potential to store huge amounts of energy at affordable cost.
Dundee Courier 3rd March 2008
BBC 3rd March 2008
NATIONAL Trust bosses are proposing to erect a wind turbine on the Longshaw Estate in the Peak District - which they concede will cause permanent damage to a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Sheffield Telegraph 3rd March 2008
Householders will be able to make money by fitting solar panels or mini wind turbines to their roofs, under proposals to be announced in the Budget next week. Those who generate their own renewable energy through the devices will be able to sell their surplus electricity to the National Grid, at a guaranteed price. The scheme, known as "feed in tariffs", gives long-term financial security to homeowners who instal the expensive electricity generation equipment. It has been highly successful in Germany but the Government is said to have held out against new rules for small-scale power generation since Labour was elected in 1997. There are more solar panels in the German city of Freiburg than in the whole of Britain.
Telegraph 3rd March 2008
A decision on a proposal to erect wind turbines at the Tesco store in North Hull is due this week.
Hull Daily Mail 3rd March 2008
Tesco has ditched plans to build two wind turbines at the Hall Road site in north Hull, claiming more efficient schemes are available.
Hull Daily Mail 5th March 2008
Western Isles School
A Western Isles school will be powered by wind after the launch of its new turbine today. Paible Primary School in Bayhead won the machine in a Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) competition for ideas to reduce energy.
Aberdeen Press and Journal 3rd March 2008
Microgeneration could pay for itself within a decade or two if energy prices continue to rise radically and Government introduces a carbon tax, according to a sustainability expert.
Edie 3rd March 2008
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Lawn View House was purposely constructed with the environment in mind, and has already received an 'Excellent' rating for sustainable design, construction and performance from BREEAM (The British Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method), who assess how environmentally-friendly buildings are. Lawn View's sustainability features include: A Ground source heat pump - provides heat in winter and cooling in summer and wind turbines.
Nottinghamshire County Council 3rd March 2008
Willow chip renewable energy is heating Cookstown Leisure Centre in a combined local initiative that is saving up to 50 pc in oil costs. Cookstown District Council is the first council to switch from a traditional oil boiler to a biomass boiler for its Fountain Road leisure complex used by over 25,000 people each month.
EnviroSolutions 2nd March 2008
Another Tesco Turbine
Tesco has put forward a plan for the 30ft structure at its store in Bury. The retailer wants to build turbines at 27 stores and depots. Planning chiefs in Bury are expected to review the Prestwich proposal on April 15. There have been no objections so far.
Manchester Evening News 1st March 2008
Prestwich and Whitefield Guide 29th Feb 2008
A retired teacher want to erect a nine-metre wind turbine in the garden of their home in the Holderness village. The turbine will be supplied by Beverley-based company One Nation Renewables.
Hull Daily Mail 1st March 2008
In response to the UK Government's announcement that the cost of going zero carbon in 2016 could add 30% to the average construction cost of a home, the Government of Canada Super E(r) house programme offered UK builders free one-to-one consultations at EcoBuild 2008 on how to drive down costs of sustainable housing through the application of healthy housing technology.
Super E Press Release 1st March 2008