week ending 31 December 2010
Zero Carbon Commercial Buildings
Members of the building industry have warned the government’s target for zero carbon commercial buildings could present issues in northern regions of England. Housing minister Grant Shapps announced recently that a framework, similar to that used to allow all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016, will be laid out to allow business properties to be carbon free from 2019.
Low Carbon Economy 31st Dec 2010 more >>
Low Carbon Scotland
The Scottish Government today published a public engagement strategy demonstrating how it will work with others to drive forward Scotland’s transition to a low carbon society. The commitment to a public and business engagement strategy is an important part of the mix. It requires action by individuals, companies, and communities in areas like energy consumption and transport use - as well as action by politicians and public authorities and agencies.
Scottish Government 30th Dec 2010 more >>
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has met with representatives of the microgeneration industry to discuss potential changes to the feed-in tariff scheme that could result in solar farms being excluded from the popular incentive scheme. Changes to the feed-in tariff announced as part of the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in October imposed a fixed budget on the scheme and confirmed that its projected costs for the year 2014-15 would have to be cut by 10 per cent. As a result, Barker is concerned a small number of large solar photovoltaic (PV) projects could secure the bulk of the available funding, leaving less money available for rooftop solar PV installations and other on-site renewable projects.
Business Green 30th Dec 2010 more >>
The clock is ticking. Last month climate minister Greg Barker made it painfully clear that incentives currently on offer to solar farm developers are for the chop. If politicians were still allowed to use the phrase after Vince Cable’s embarrassing little indiscretion, Barker might almost say that he has “declared war” on solar farm developers. Speaking at a meeting of the Micropower Council he left everyone in no doubt he is not a fan of the current level of feed-in tariff support for solar farms.
Business Green 30th Dec 2010 more >>
A senior smart grid expert has warned that the UK risks falling behind other countries if efforts in this area are not stepped up. Speaking to BusinessGreen, Eric Dresselhuys, executive vice president of Silver Spring Networks, a US-based smart grid firm, warned the plan to roll out smart meters in the UK does not go far enough.
Low Carbon Economy 30th Dec 2010 more >>
Business Green 30th Dec 2010 more >>
Newark Solar Farm
One of the country’s first solar power farms could be built near Newark. Lincolnshire-based Lark Energy Ltd is planning a solar farm on a 40-acre field off Cotham Road, Hawton. The UK’s first large-scale solar farm was granted planning permission last month in Cornwall. Energy experts say the technology can work in the Newark area as the east of England has more sunlight than other places in Britain.
Newark Advertiser 30th Dec 2010 more >>
MORE than £200,000 has been pumped into revamping Southamp-ton’s pioneering underground renewable energy scheme. Cofily District Energy Limited, who run Southampton’s deep geothermal plant at West Quay, has secured Government funding to refit its well. This will help it source more green energy from deep in the earth’s core for city centre businesses and hundreds of homes. And it will cement its position as one of the UK’s largest and most successful commercially-developed district energy schemes.
Andover Advertiser 29th Dec 2010 more >>
A new educational business venture near Towcester is the latest commercial building to benefit from an Ecodan air source heat pump.
Plumbing Park 29th Dec 2010 more >>
Uttoxeter Solar Farm
A proposed development of a 4MW Solar Photovoltaic Farm is being planned for land at the former Army barracks in Marchington and presentations have already been made to local councillors to explain the plans.
Uttoxeter Advertiser 29th Dec 2010 more >>
In Denmark, a test community is proving hydrogen power is not 10 years into the future, but that it started back in 2006. On the island of Lolland, located in the Baltic Sea, the Danes had a problem – they produced 50 percent more electricity from wind power than they used. So what do they do? Develop a plan to create the first full-scale hydrogen-powered city of course!
Detect Energy 29th Dec 2010 more >>
HUNDREDS of wind turbines could be added to the East Lancashire landscape as farmers seek to reduce their carbon footprint and supplement their income. Earlier this year the Government introduced a ‘feed-in tariff’, which pays owners of small scale renewable energy devices a fixed premium for every unit of electricity generated. The move has encouraged more farmers, including many in East Lancashire, to apply for permission to install wind turbines on their land.
Lancashire Telegraph 29th Dec 2010 more >>
West Lothian AD
Planning permission has been given for Scotland’s largest ever anaerobic digestion facility, capable of handling around 105,000 tonnes of biomass a year, should be a real inspiration for smaller contractors looking to diversify into new resource streams and to take advantage of a whole new market. Led by Banks Developments in partnership with recycling firm Scotwaste, the anaerobic digestion (AD) plant will be built as part of a £70 million (US$111 million) facility at Pond Green Energy Park near Bathgate, in between Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The facility as a whole will have a design capacity of 200,000 tonnes/year. Although the waste input will mainly be commercial, the site is well suited to serve the West Lothian municipal waste in addition to existing Scotwaste inputs. It will also generate enough electricity to power more than 7000 homes and enough heat to serve the equivalent of 9000 homes.
Renewable Energy World 29th Dec 2010 more >>
EXCITING opportunities are already presenting themselves following the launch of proposals for a £40 million solar complex at Yelland and make it a premier centre for renewable energy in the UK. The architects of the DuneZed solar panel farm, holiday village and factory development are exploring the possibilities of linking the former power station site scheme with the £4 billion Atlantic Array offshore wind farm.
Devon 24 27th Dec 2010 more >>
Fuel Poverty in Northern Ireland
The winter months are particularly challenging for vulnerable elderly people - especially in this tough economic climate where there is a rising number of older people who are currently living alone in Northern Ireland and experiencing fuel poverty. At a national level, the United Kingdom has one of the highest winter mortality rates in Europe - higher than even Sweden or Finland. The Northern Ireland Executive’s Strategic Energy Framework has now laid down a very challenging set of goals for the region in terms of building competitive energy markets, ensuring security of energy supply, enhancing sustainability and developing the province’s energy infrastructure. A diverse mix of renewable energy supplies is a clear priority for Northern Ireland and incentives for renewable energy investments will be an important part of achieving our overall energy goals. It is anticipated that, in the next 10 years, Northern Ireland will achieve 40% of its overall energy consumption from renewable sources.
Belfast Telegraph 25th Dec 2010 more >>
Cornish Solar Farm
The UK’s first energy farm of its kind will be built in Cornwall. Benbole Energy Farm, between St Kew and St Mabyn near Bodmin in North Cornwall, has been granted permission by Cornwall councillors following an application to develop the 10-acre site. It means the farm will provide up to 800 homes with green energy. Renewable energy consultants Silicon Valley Limited, who successfully applied for planning permission, say construction work will begin in January.
This is Cornwall 24th Dec 2010 more >>
Highland Council had identified a company to take over the project from Caithness Heat and Power Ltd. Ignis Energy Ltd, which is based in Richmond in Surrey, has been named by the local authority as its preferred bidder for the scheme.
John O Groat Journal 24th Dec 2010 more >>
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has launched a consultation on its Microgeneration Strategy. It hopes to encourage homes, businesses and communities to invest in renewable energy and take up small scale energy generation. This can include individual technologies in homes such as installing solar panels on the roof, or community projects such as district heating systems or hydro-electricity generation.
EST 24th Dec 2010 more >>