Windsave turbines at the Chancery Gate Business Centre, Wimbledon, London Borough of Merton.
week ending 18 April 2008
St Albans Plan
St Albans residents should be paying more attention than most after being unfavourably ranked as the second worst city in the UK for its offending carbon emissions. Now a tough target, plans to help reduce the figure have been set by the Local Strategic Partnership. Under this Carbon Management Plan, they aim to cut CO2 output by three per cent every year until 2025, resulting in a total slash of 60 per cent, with the help of residents and businesses.
Harrow Times 17th April 2008 more >>
GREEN energy could soon be powering 1,500 homes in the Alnwick area – and it wouldn’t involve raising a single wind turbine. The Duke of Northumberland is now exploring the possibilities of putting a wood-fired power station on a site to the east of the A1. Known as a Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP), the technology is already used across Europe and North America, and the largest in the UK is already up and running in Dumfries and Galloway.
Northumberland Gazette 17th April 2008 more >>
TV Presenter full of wind
If you live in the Castlereagh Hills, as UTV Live presenter Lynda Bryans does, the one thing you will never be short of is wind power. And she and her family are keeping the fuel bills down after harnessing that ample natural resource by installing their own wind turbine.
Belfast Telegraph 17th April 2008 more >>
SHEFFIELD College is drawing up plans to become one of the greenest organisations in the city – with the help of a £36 million government grant. Plans included roof-mounted wind turbines, solar panels, a rainwater recycling scheme, green roofs and extended connections to the refuse-fuelled combined heat and power system.
Sheffield Star 17th April 2008 more >>
Filling the Skills Gap
Free training courses will offer plumbers and heating engineers the chance to fill the growing skills gap in the burgeoning renewable energy industry.The rapidly-increasing interest in renewable energies, such as solar and wind power, means the Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership is forecasting a shortage of skilled specialist engineers.
This is Cornwall 16th April 2008 more >>
Pig slurry waste and food waste could be providing energy at an Ecohome development if a planning application is successful.E H and B Dymond and Son, owners of the largest pig farm in Cornwall, hope to create a green waste management site and renewable energy facility, along with 28 carbon neutral houses, half of which would be affordable, at sites near their Fraddon farm.
This is Cornwall 16th April 2008 more >>
The Greens are also pressing for more support for householders who want to install solar panels on their homes. RE-Charge, a Green Party initiative, is to be launched in Kirklees in the next few months. It will enable people to install renewable energy with no up-front costs and no monthly payments or interest costs.
Huddersfield Examiner 16th April 2008 more >>
A CONTROVERSIAL call has come for East Lindsey District Council to generate its own on-site wind energy. At an executive board meeting, Coun Neil Cooper suggested that a start could be made by installing a wind turbine outside the authority’s Manby HQ.
Horncastle News 16th April 2008 more >>
PEOPLE in Edinburgh with environmentally-friendly homes could be rewarded with a rebate on their council tax. The city council has agreed to ask the Scottish Government for powers to reward efforts to go green by lowering home and business rates. The proposals would see people who have made their homes more environmentally friendly, or bought a home in a zero-carbon development, get a reduction. Companies that make moves to cut their carbon footprint, such as installing a wind turbine or putting on transport for employees, would also be eligible for business rate cuts under the plans. The plans are part of the city council’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on a climate change Bill which aims to reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.
Edinburgh Evening News 16th April 2008 more >>
Scheer, chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy, has been a fierce advocate of renewables for more than 20 years, and it was he who came up with the idea of the “feed-in tariff law”, which has been picked up across Europe and by opposition parties in Britain. According to what has become known as “Scheer’s law”, German households and businesses that generate renewable energy can sell it back to the grid at more than triple the normal market price.
Guardian 16th April 2008 more >>
If Britain wants to kickstart a green energy revolution, as politicians, pressure groups and the public say they do, the government will have to consider setting up a German-style “feed-in tariff” system which rewards people and firms that invest in generating renewable electricity either to use themselves or “export” to the national grid.
Guardian 16th April 2008 more >>
A new angle on the traditional neighbour’s-tree dispute has been in the news, with reports of a home owner in California taking his neighbour to court to get them to trim the 60ft redwoods they had planted in their garden 10 years before he installed his 128 solar-electric panels. The trees were overshadowing the panels and slashing the energy they were producing.
Independent 16th April 2008 more >>
Whitecross School in Lydney, Gloucester, which was having a wind turbine installed to generate renewable energy for the school’s buildings. Sustainability was an issue that this school had already embraced through E.ON’s Energy Experience education programme.
Derby Evening Telegraph 15th April 2008 more >>
Grimsby-based Energy Creation is starting to bring wind turbines in to power residential and commercial properties across Britain and Ireland. The first will be installed in the coming weeks and 179 turbines are currently on order, from a standing start six months ago.
Scunthorpe Telegraph 15th April 2008 more >>
Another Tesco Turbine
A wind turbine could soon be towering over shoppers at each of Lincoln’s Tesco stores under new plans.
Lincolnshire Echo 15th April 2008 more >>
Planning breach fine
A MUSICIAN has been given the blues after copping a ‘savage’ fine for positioning a wind turbine on his house without planning permission. He was hauled before Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday after admitting failing to comply with an enforcement notice by East Staffordshire Borough Council to remove the structure. Magistrates fined him £500 and ordered him to pay costs of £745.86 and a victim surcharge of £15.
Burton Mail 15th April 2008 more >>
Nottingham Heat Pumps
Salford-based environmental technology firm Ener-g has bought an 80 per cent stake in Nottinghamshire-based solar heat pump specialist Ground Source Solutions for an undisclosed sum.
Crains Manchester Business 15th April 2008 more >>
Bradford University is set to install a state-of-the-art biomass boiler in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint. The £327,000 unit will replace three gas-fired boilers and save about 500 tonnes of carbon each year. Bradford will be one of the first higher education institutions in the country to install such technology.
Bradford Telegraph and Argus 15th April 2008 more >>
RESIDENTS can find out how to be the first to benefit from a new law which says households no longer need planning permission to install certain renewable energy systems in their homes.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 14th April 2008 more >>
Renewables and Fuel Poverty
Current patterns of energy production are polluting, unsustainable and characterised by unequal consumption and access. Finding appropriate energy solutions for economic growth and increased social equity, while protecting the environment, is a massive challenge. Some countries are showing how to develop renewable energy technologies suited to local conditions.
eGov Monitor 14th April 2008 more >>
Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development, Fuel Poverty: Can Renewable Energy Make a Real Contribution. more >>
Bradford Heat Pumps
With climate change and reducing our carbon footprint high on the agenda, a Bradford company is supplying technology which it says can reduce emissions by around 30 per cent. The environmental division of Shorts Industries, based on the Bradford Business Park on Canal Road, is the main UK distributor for a range of heaters and chillers that offer a low carbon alternative to traditional equipment.
Bradford Telegraph and Argus 14th April 2008 more >>
Council bosses in Sheffield have identified Westwood Country Park, in High Green, as the location for the city’s first-ever wind farm. But that has already blown up a storm of opposition from local people:
Sheffield Star 14th April 2008 more >>
The Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies Training & Certification Programme has been developed by FÁS in association with Waterford County Council (Waterford Energy Bureau) and the Construction Industry Federation. The programme is designed to meet the training and certification needs of both public and private sector staff involved in improving energy efficiency and evaluating renewable/alternative energy options for industrial and commercial premises. The same principles can also apply to private housing developments.
Enviro Solutions 13th April 2008 more >>
Pioneering plans for Norfolk’s first purpose-built green office development have been met with opposition from families living close to the proposed site. The Dakenham Project would see the development of 20 offices powered by renewable energy sources such as wind turbines, but residents fear the developers are using the “green” image to get a project through that wouldn’t otherwise be approved.
Norwich Evening News 13th April more >>
Rural communities have formed a group to bid for Government funding in a Devon beauty spot. The communities in the Blackdown Hills near Honiton have formed Local Action in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.If successful, it will help local food producers, crafts, forestry and renewable energy schemes.
Exeter Express and Echo 12th April 2008 more >>
A panel of green gurus has been named that will decide if the Westcountry will host an eco-town. Twelve experts from the worlds of design, transport, environment and sustainability have signed up to join the Eco-towns Challenge. They will provide expert advice and will challenge developers to make their plans as green as possible.
This is Devon 11th April 2008 more >>
Situated on the Regent’s Canal, Water House uses ambient water temperature from the canal to provide its cooling and heating system; solar panels to provide hot water and renewable electricity; there are hydro-carbon fridges; water is filtered and bottled on site; a wormery digests raw food; a hot composter manages the garden’s waste; an experimental system transforms cooking oil into a compostable substance; and the kitchen runs on hydroelectricity.
Times 11th April 2008 more >>
A PILOT project to give practical one-stop energy saving advice to householders on Teesside has been so successful that the Government has given £100m for similar centres to be opened across the UK. Billingham’s Energy Savings Trust centre was one of three to be trialled in 2003 and has taken inquiries from more than 200,000 local people over the past five years.
Newcastle Evening Gazette 8th April 2008 more >>
Community Energy Best Practice Guide
The TCPA and CHPA joint best practice guide -‘community energy: urban planning for a low carbon future’ has now been launched. The eagerly anticipated document calls for energy production to be decentralised and puts local authorities and communities at the forefront of sustainable energy production. It also calls on councils to lead by example and commit to low carbon energy across their property portfolios.
Community Energy: Urban Planning for a Low Carbon Future 31st March 2008 more >>