Sarah Boyack MSP and Dr Lewis Macdonald MSP (Labour's Environment and Energy Spokespersons in the Scottish Parliament) examine the boilers at the CHP scheme at Seaton in Aberdeen. Seaton is Aberdeen's third CHP scheme serving several multi-storey blocks; it also serves a swimming pool and ballroom.
week ending 14 March 2008
A FARMER is to install a wind turbine in a bid to make electricity bills a thing of the past. It will be 15 metres high with 10 metre rotor blades. He hopes the £30,000 turbine will provide up to £4,000 worth of electricity each year. He will be the second farmer in Calderdale to put up a wind turbine.
Halifax Evening Courier 14th March 2008
AN ENTREPRENEUR from West Yorkshire has quit his job of 20 years and started his own renewable energy equipment company. FJD Renewable Energy supplies and installs a wide range of equipment which generates renewable energy, including solar panels and heat pumps.
Yorkshire Post 13th March 2008
NI tackles fuel poverty
Commenting on the release of the 2007 Home Energy Conservation Report by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Minister Ritchie noted that between 2001 and 2006, fuel poverty in Northern Ireland has risen by 7%. Minister Ritchie said: "We estimate that around 200,000 households have been saved from fuel poverty by our actions. "In this year alone, my Department has helped make 17,000 families warmer through improving the energy efficiency of their homes. I also secured an additional £2 million during in-year to install solar panels in nearly 700 homes.
4NI 13th March 2008
NI Executive 13th March 2008
eGov Monitor 13th March 2008
FoE: Given the massive rise in gas and electricity prices over the past year, the increase in winter fuel payments is vital to help those struggling to heat their homes. However, the only long-term solution is a massive programme of insulation and energy efficiency measures for the homes of the fuel poor. It is very disappointing the Chancellor passed up a golden opportunity to fund this with a windfall tax on the £9 billion unearned profits of energy companies.
Scotsman 13th March 2008
Tony Juniper: measures to make it cost-effective for home-owners to fit small-scale renewable energy systems, tax breaks to encourage energy-efficiency improvements and a £5bn windfall tax on unearned energy company profits to insulate homes were all possible, if the will was really there.
Independent 13th March 2008
Permitted Development (England and Wales)
From April 6, all homeowners will be free to install microgeneration equipment like solar panels without getting planning permission for them, as the government tries to cut climate warming gases emitted from coal and gas fired power plants in order to supply electricity.
Daily Mirror 13th March 2008
Christian Today 14th March 2008
24Dash 14th March 2008
Building 13th March 2008
CLG Press Release 13th March 2008
Zero Carbon Definition
The UK's leading green building trade group has warned that the government will not meet its new target to ensure all new non domestic buildings are zero carbon by 2019 unless it adopts a more flexible definition of zero carbon. The government has pledged to set out the formal definition for a zero-carbon home by the end of 2008, following a consultation this summer. It is currently considering whether to stick with the present definition which requires all the energy used in the building to come from onsite renewable energy technologies or near site renewables connected directly to the building. Alker warned that the whole zero carbon programme would be at risk if such a "restrictive" definition is adopted. "If the government does not allow any energy from offsite renewables to be used in zero carbon homes then the targets can not be met," he said. "We would not be able to meet the targets for homes, but it would make the target for non domestic buildings even less feasible as many of them have much higher energy requirements that just can't be met by onsite renewables alone."
Business Green 13th March 2008
Sheffield teenagers took their message of environmental sustainability with them when they visited a school in Lesotho in southern Africa and built a wind turbine to provide the school with electricity.
Sheffield City Council 13th March 2008
Combined Oats and Power
A FIFE factory is to become one of Scotland’s greenest when it begins generating all its own energy from oat husks. Quaker, which produces Scott’s Porage Oats at its Uthrogle Mills plant near Cupar, is to invest £6 million in a combined heat and power biomass boiler which will make it carbon neutral. The groundbreaking plans will allow oat husks—the part of the oat left over from porridge making—to generate renewable power for the entire site.
Dundee Courier 13th March 2008
Scotsman 14th March 2008
Glasgow Evening Times 13th March 2008
All new offices, shops and other commercial buildings are expected to be zero carbon by 2019, the Chancellor said as he attempted to build on the green agenda. But this may be too late.
Times 13th March 2008
The TCPA says new homes must add something to the environmental as well as to the economic balance sheet - promises to increase renewable energy must include a feed-in tariff that would guarantee a premium price for electricity to householders and businesses who generate their own energy. The feed-in tariff in Germany massively stimulated the market for renewables in the housing stock - it could and should do so in the UK. The Budget 2008 report said the Government will launch a full consultation in the Summer on what more the UK should do to increase renewable energy use and meet it’s share of the EU target. The Government will also consult on the most appropriate support mechanism for microgeneration at individual and community level, including the option of a feed-in tariff.’ Section 6.43 Renewables, page 100
24 Dash 12th March 2008
Northern Housing 13th March 2008
Philip Wolfe of the Renewable Energy Association warned: "Headline grabbing targets and consultations have become a dangerous cover for inaction."
REA Press Release 12th March 2008
Denbigh eco-homes excellent
A development of 178 eco homes built on Welsh Development Agency land have won a BREEAM Excellent rating. The homes, at Ruthin in Denbighshire were built on a greenfield site and range in size from two to four bedrooms.
New Builder 12th March 2008
Carbon Neutral Schools
THE Leader of Leicester City Council has called on the Government to do all it can to ensure that carbon-neutral schools can be built now.
Leicester City Council 12th March 2008
Cornish Firm Accredited
Customers of renewable energy company Natural Generation may be able to receive government funding when the firm installs for them.The St Agnes company, which installs wind turbines, solar panels and solar hot water systems to private homes and businesses across the South West, has received an award from the Building Research Establishment. This means that customers can apply for a government grant of up to £2500 towards installation costs.
This is Cornwall 12th March 2008
Eco-towns with gardens
Homes in new "eco towns" must contain private gardens and ample green public space as well as renewable energy supplies, say influential planning campaigners.
Western Morning News 12th March 2008
Police Station not green enough
West Midlands Police new station lies in the city's flagship green housing zone, the Summerfield eco-village area. So residents of the low carbon houses, which boast solar panels and wind turbines from most rooftops, were stunned at the lack of green measures built in.
Birmingham Mail 12th March 2008
Lotus Turbine Appeal
Green energy firm Ecotricity is to lock horns with district planners by lodging an appeal against the refusal of consent for a controversial wind farm at the Lotus cars' test track at Hethel. It follows news last week that the Ministry of Defence no longer believes the three 120m wind turbines planned for the site, near Wymondham, would cause “unacceptable interference” to air defence radar at RAF Trimingham.
Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury 12th March 2008
A CITY high school is installing wind turbines and solar panels to make the building more environmentally friendly. The installation at Currie Community High School is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
Edinburgh Evening News 12th March 2008
Permitted Development (England & Wales)
Mr Darling also confirmed that homeowners will be able to go ahead with installing carbon saving technology such as solar panels without needing planning permission. Businesses will also be able to set up solar panels, wind turbines and ground source heat pumps from this year without being immediately liable to an increase in business value rates.
Times 12th March 2008
SSE invest in micro-CHP
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has become the latest energy giant to step up its interest in combined heat and power (CHP) technologies, announcing yesterday that it has formed a joint venture with fuel cell specialist Intelligent Energy to address the market. The two companies said that the new 50:50 joint venture, called IE CHP Ltd, will focus on developing a fuel cell-based CHP system for the light industrial, commercial and residential markets in the UK and Ireland. SSE said that it would initially invest £1m in the company and pledged to make a series of further "phased investments" once it meets certain undisclosed milestones.
Business Green 12th March 2008
Disenco mCHP available later this year.
Disenco Energy plc today confirms commercial availability of its unique, micro-combined heat and power (m-CHP) appliance from Q3, 2008. The announcement follows evaluation of the performance of production units of its HomePowerPlant (HPP) appliance with engineering partners Prodrive and Enertek.
IT News 12th March 2008
Technology currently creating interest in the micro-generation arena is for micro combined heat and power (CHP) units. These replace the gas central heating boiler not only to provide heat and hot water but also electricity. The additional cost of purchase and installation for a commercial-scale micro-CHP unit as the lead boiler is approximately £15,000. The unit replaces the lead boiler. This cost includes installation, which in most instances is carried out by the manufacturer.
Climate Change Corp 12th Masrch 2008
NHS carbon policies
Health boards are also moving towards carbon reduction policies that make both good environmental and economic sense. The NHS has set up a Sustainable Development Commission which has produced a Good Corporate Citizenship toolkit.
Herald 12th March 2008
Cambourne was built on rural farmland in the 1990s. It has more than 5,000 houses, a Morrisons, a library, two primary schools, a doctor's surgery and all the other amenities expected of a thriving residential community. No one has branded Cambourne an eco-town – these houses do not boast the highest possible energy efficiency or solar cells and wind turbines. But having nature on your doorstep is something that ecologists will rate as highly as any families. And on this criterion, Cambourne has set the agenda: there is now more wildlife here than before the developers moved in.
Indcependent 12th March 2008
The government must massively expand its efforts to increase levels of energy efficiency in the homes of the fuel poor, Friends of the Earth said today. Ahead of tomorrow’s budget, the green group has warned that boosting the income of the fuel poor, or lowering bills, does not make a real difference, as it’s cancelled out by rising energy costs – and does nothing to tackle climate change. Friends of the Earth is calling for a £5 billion windfall tax on energy companies' excessive profits in the Budget this week. It says this money should be used to kick-start a programme of low carbon home zones across the UK, to provide super insulation and low or zero carbon energy for all households in fuel poverty.
New Consumer 11th March 2008
Cornish Heat Pump
Villagers in Stithians are celebrating the opening of a new community centre which will be kept warm and cosy using a geothermal heating system. Stithians Centre has a new ground source heat pump which transfers naturally-stored solar energy from the Earth into the hall to provide underfloor heating. The system will also be used to keep the building cool during the summer.
EDF Energy 11th March 2008
The UK's first BSc in sustainable construction has been launched by a Scottish university. The online science degree will be offered this autumn by UHI Millennium Institute, the university of the Highlands and Islands. It is expected to attract industry professionals from across the UK.
Building 11th March 2008
The Renewable Energy Association is encouraging people to contact their MP to ask them to support the introduction of a feed-in tariff to encourage small-scale energy generation. The organisation wants MPs to sign up to an Early Day Motion proposed by Labour MP Alan Simpson calling for the tariff to be introduced as part of the Energy Bill, and is also appealing to people to write to Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks urging him to adopt the scheme.
Edie 11th March 2008
On Friday 14th March EDM890 had 215 signatures.
Permitted Development Consultation
The Scottish Executive has launched a consultation on reforms to the planning system which it hopes will increase renewable energy generation and cut emissions. Renewable energy forum Scottish Renewables welcomed the intent behind the proposals, but said after consultation with its members and talks with the Scottish Executive, it may suggest changes to some of the details, such as a proposal to situate wind turbines at least 100m away from nearby properties. Chief executive Jason Ormiston told edie: "On a first look at this, there's a cautious approach being taken, which means we probably have a bit of work to do to provide the Scottish Executive with the evidence they need. "But in general we welcome the whole principle of making it easier to install devices."
Edie 11th March 2008
Energy firms are offering a fair price to householders selling excess electricity generated by their domestic solar panels and wind turbines. Ofgem says the offers are a fair reflection of the wholesale price and the benefits that come from locally sourced energy. But the regulator estimates that making money back on domestic micro-generation kits could take 20 years. There are around 100,000 micro-generation units in Britain.
BBC 11th March 2008
Ofgem Release 11th March 2008
Sainsbury's hopes to install three 30 ft-high wind turbines in the car park of its new store in Westhoughton.
Bolton News 10th March 2008
NORTHUMBERLAND County Council has welcomed the publication of a regional climate change study as the council continues its commitment to promoting green issues.
News Post Leader 10th March 2008
Energy minister Malcolm Wicks has praised a new microgeneration combined heat and power (CHP) unit. The Ecogen, which is set to become available in 2009 was unveiled by UK firm Baxi and is expected to generate one KW of electricity as well as heating and hot water. Baxi claims that the micro-CHP sector will see six million installations because of the ease of deploying the device, with heating installers current skills allowing them to set it up in a home.
Rapid Electronics 10th March 2008
Round-up of other micro-CHP systems coming on to the market.
Green Link Central 11th March 2008
The Irish Government has published Demand Side Management in Ireland: Evaluating the Energy Efficiency Opportunities." The study - commissioned by Sustainable Energy Ireland and undertaken by KEMA - examines in detail Ireland’s potential for energy efficiency – where the energy and carbon savings lie and how to capture them.
Envirosolutions 10th March 2008
Demand Side Management in Ireland report:
Antrim Area Hospital has saved £186,000 on electricity bills by installing a wind turbine, according to figures released in the Northern Ireland assembly.
Envirosolutions 10th March 2008
Highland Council does need to get its act together. The new political administration is, like its independent predecessor administration, strongly supportive of renewable energy including an appropriate scale of wind energy development. There is a renewable energy strategy which should have made it very easy for us to get planning permission for our turbine. The problem is that none of this seems to have filtered through to planning officers on the ground. The new delegated powers planning officers have mean that applicants are increasingly at the mercy of whichever planning officer is allocated to the case.
Inverness Courier 10th March 2008
Combined Heat and Education
An Aberdeenshire School has received an award for a biomass project which creates heat for five community buildings.
Aberdeen Press and Journal 8th March 2008
Another local authority goes for wind
Two more wind turbines are planned for Avonmouth - which could bring the number in that part of the city to nine. Bristol City Council wants to build the 131-metre high turbines on a former Shell oil tank site off Severn Road, a piece of land which it already owns. The two council turbines would join the three which have provided power for the Bristol Port Company since last August.
Bristol Evening Post 8th March 2008
KIPPAX North Junior and Infant School is set to become a leading light on the issue of renewable energy following the installation of solar panels with funding from The Co-operative Group.
Yorkshire Evening Post 8th March 2008
Heating equipment supplier Baxi has revealed it will launch a micro-Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit at the beginning of 2009. The Ecogen unit will generate 1kW of electricity for use in the home while also providing heating and hot water. Baxi Group CEO Martyn Coffey (pictured left) said the company will have 150 units ready for November this year, and will launch the product for the mass market in 2009.
H&V News 7th March 2008
HVR 7th March 2008
Researchers at Swansea University are developing a new, eco-friendly technology that could generate as much electricity as 50 wind farms. Dr Dave Worsley, a Reader in the Materials Research Centre at the University School of Engineering, is investigating ways of painting solar cells onto the flexible steel surfaces commonly used for cladding buildings.
News Wales 6th March 2008
A farmer has been unable to reach an agreement with suppliers that would see his property linked up with the national grid. And because of this, Mr Burt has asked South Northamptonshire District Council for permission to put up a 15-metre high wind turbine at his farm to supply it with electricity.
Daventry Express 6th March 2008