Green Gas Doubles
The number of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants delivering green gas to the grid has doubled in the past year to almost 90 sites, according to the latest figures from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA). The industry group’s annual Market Report revealed that in addition to a surge in the number of facilities injecting biomethane into the grid the total number of AD plants in the UK has risen from 424 to 540 in the past year. The group said AD technologies have already reduced UK greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one per cent annually. The investment in new capacity has been achieved despite changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive and wider policy environment, which some within the industry have accused of hampering the expansion of the sector. Charlotte Morton, chief executive of ADBA, said the growth of the sector, in particular in terms of the number of grid connections, demonstrated that “green gas has gone mainstream” over the past two years. “Biomethane [is] now heating around 170,000 homes in the UK without the householder needing to do anything differently themselves,” she said. “Biomethane to grid is a real success story for the Renewable Heat Incentive, and we look forward to the government setting out its plans for the next phase of the support scheme.” The report comes just days after National Grid Gas Distribution announced it has secured £4.8m of funding from Ofgem to support a pilot project designed to boost the use of green gas across the grid. The three-year pilot study aims to update the way gas bills are calculated, to take into account more of the green, lower carbon alternatives to natural gas that are increasingly coming online.
Business Green 8th Dec 2016 read more »
‘Green gas’ plants that use grass proposed for fracking sites by leading renewable energy company. ‘We want to show that there‘s an alternative to fracking – and start a local debate in the areas directly affected by it,’ says green energy company’s founder Dale Vince. Renewable energy firm Ecotricity has submitted planning applications to build ‘green gas mills’ on two proposed sites of fracking wells in Lancashire. The mills would turn locally grown grass into biogas, a process that is almost carbon neutral as most of the greenhouse emissions produced when the gas is burned are absorbed by the next crop of grass.
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There is strong support amongst the British public for using biomass and waste to produce energy, according to a new survey commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). The survey, conducted by YouGov, quizzed over 5,000 members of the public in September on their views on the use of bioenergy as a way of tackling greenhouse gas emissions. The questionnaire found 80 per cent of respondents were in favour of bioenergy playing a larger role in the UK’s energy mix. In particular, respondents welcomed the ability of bioenergy technologies to generate energy from waste, and regarded bioenergy in general as a renewable source of energy. However, 38 per cent of respondents remained concerned that biomass could compete with other land uses, such as food production.
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There is strong public support for producing bioenergy in the UK from both biomass and waste, with 80% of respondents in favour of bioenergy playing a bigger part in the UK energy mix. Levels of support for bioenergy compare favourably with levels of support seen for other renewable energy technologies.
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Ecotricity has been named among the top ten disruptive companies in Britain for its work in developing the Electric Highway and its upcoming investment in the country’s first green gas mill. The inaugural Virgin Media Business Disruptor 10 has been released as part of the 20th anniversary edition of the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100. It recognises companies for having a business model, product or service that is creating a new market, or transforming existing markets and rapidly taking market share from its competitors. Ecotricity was selected as “the world’s first green energy supplier with an electric highway”, referring to its network of high-speed electric vehicle chargers.
Solar Portal 8th Dec 2016 read more »
Solar Power Portal and Powervault are delighted to announce the winner of a 4kWh Powervault storage system following a survey which uncovered burgeoning confidence in next year’s UK storage market. In October SPP partnered with manufacturer Powervault to conduct a survey of the UK market to gain insight from the industry into the development of the nascent energy storage market. One lucky respondent to the survey was picked at random to win a 4kWh Powervault system. More than 200 installers participated in the survey, and we can now reveal the winner to be Andy Powell from Greencap Energy, who installed the system on his own home last month to act as a proof of concept and a means of proving to customers the benefits of energy storage.
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In a joint letter to Economy Secretary Keith Brown more than 20 business men and women have urged clear direction for the energy efficiency industry claiming it could create up to 9000 jobs across Scotland. The letter urged taking a “long-term, infrastructure approach to tackling poor housing as a cause of fuel poverty” by investment in a “growing industry”. This letter was written with the backing of the Existing Homes Alliance which said in a budget submission to ministers: “Housing is an area where Scotland has made relatively little progress in reducing emissions. “Once adjustments for temperature are made, emissions have fallen by less than 0.8% per year in the residential sector since the Climate Change Act was introduced in 2009.”
Scottish Energy News 7th Dec 2016 read more »
Boosting investment in energy efficiency could create up to 9,000 jobs a year, business leaders have told the Scottish Government. More than 20 businesses in the sector have written a joint letter to economy secretary Keith Brown urging him to “set out a clear direction of travel” for the “growing industry”. While the firms already employ thousands of workers, they believe taking a “long-term, infrastructure approach to tackling poor housing as a cause of fuel poverty” could create 8,000 to 9,000 jobs a year. The business men and women said: “Winter has closed in and we are reminded how important it is that we all have affordable, sustainable ways of keeping our homes warm. “Now is the time for the Scottish Government to be ambitious about ensuring that everyone in Scotland can do that.”
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The letter also calls for a national target on the amount of heat generated from renewable energy sources. Not only would this tackle fuel poverty, it would also create up to 9,000 jobs a year and create confidence in the sector, according to the business men and women. This sort of initiative is exactly what the Scottish Government should be aiming for, because it succeeds on two fronts. Scotland has already delivered a 45 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, placing it way ahead of its 2020 target, so there is much to be proud of. But our leaders must be doing everything possible to make sure Scotland climbs even further up the league tables for reducing its carbon footprint and improving green energy use. There is also a moral imperative to the reduce shocking levels of fuel poverty. We have witnessed pursuit of contradictory policies, such as reducing air passenger duty while at the same time attempting to reduce carbon emissions, but if the Scottish Government could create jobs by improving energy efficiency, then this strategy looks far more coherent.
Scotsman 6th Dec 2016 read more »
Vertical Axis Wind
A revolutionary vertical wind turbine, the first of its kind in the UK, will be put up at new green energy complex in Tyseley. The energy-generating turbine is smaller, casts less of a moving shadow and makes much less noise than a traditional windmill-like turbine. Its vertical blades are also less likely to hit passing birds.
Birmingham Mail 6th Dec 2016 read more »
This website aims to provide those who live in England and Wales with an easily accessible picture of how renewable energy is doing in their area. It shows how much of the electricity and gas they use comes from renewables and how well places are performing compared to others. In the year from 2015 to 2016, England and Wales added over 4,300 MW in capacity, three quarters of which coming from new offshore wind and solar PV projects. This is equivalent to powering nearly a million homes.
Renewable Energy Locator 6th Dec 2016 read more »
Co-locating wind and solar
Building turbines and photovoltaics at the same location can reduce grid and battery costs and level out power supply. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together? “Wind resource tends to complement solar resource,” says Sarah Kurtz of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “Here in Colorado, for instance, the windiest time is during the winter and spring months. In winter, we don’t have as much sunshine, but we tend to get more wind and stronger wind.” A handful of enterprising renewable energy developers are now exploring how solar and wind might better work together, developing hybrid solar–wind projects to take advantage of the power-generating strengths of each — with the two technologies in tandem serving as a better replacement for climate-warming fossil fuels than either could be alone.
Scientific American 5th Dec 2016 read more »
Businesses go 100%
Google has confirmed it will hit its target of offsetting 100% of the energy used at its data centres and offices against power from renewable sources. The firm first made the commitment in 2015 to go 100% renewable by 2017. In a blog, the company said it was now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world.
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Tech giants are jockeying to be the first to hit a 100% renewable energy goal. Google, which has invested in solar and wind energy for a decade, intends to get there by 2017. Google is the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, and plans to buy enough wind and solar energy to offset all the electricity used by its 13 data centers and offices in 150 cities worldwide, the company said Tuesday. Apple seems close to reaching its own 100% goal as well. The company said it achieved 93% in 2015. An Apple spokeswoman said the company has yet to set a year for when they would likely cross the finish line.
Guardian 6th Dec 2016 read more »
Business fight for solar
More than 160 leading green businesses including Sainsbury’s, Ikea and Kingfisher have today (5 December) called upon Chancellor Philip Hammond to scrap scheduled tax increases on solar PV. A letter penned by the Solar Trade Association (STA) and signed by a diverse group of businesses, NGOs, politicians and academics expresses concern for the changes to business rates paid on ‘self-consumed’ solar, due to be enforced in April 2017. The letter, addressed to Hammond, calls for the reconsideration of these “uneconomic” penalties that the signatories claim could potentially hinder other small business contributions to renewable energy and climate targets.
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Yorkshire Water is seeking three potential partners for a solar PV power purchase agreement (PPA) framework worth up to £20 million which would see ground mounted and even floating systems installed across a range of sites. The utility currently has no solar on its property however it released a tender last week for the framework worth between £500,000-£20 million, depending on which of its 20 sites are deemed feasible. Speaking to Solar Power Portal about the tender, Yorkshire Water’s commercial manager Sam Evans said the scope of the framework would be dependent on which of the 20 sites being considered are identified as potential locations for development.
Solar Portal 5th Dec 2016 read more »
Solar prices have been in a sharp decline for several years now, due primarily to massive drops in PV module pricing, but a new report has shown that solar prices will only continue to fall as price reductions spread to inverters, trackers, and even labor costs. The new report was published by GTM Research this week, entitled U.S. PV System Pricing H2 2016: System Pricing, Breakdowns and Forecasts and investigates the solar system pricing stack across market segments and the impacts that pricing drops will have. Solar PV module prices have been dropping for some time, due primarily to a significant oversupply issue. Module prices will also continue to fall, having already fallen 33.8% since the first half of 2016, affecting overall solar system pricing, particularly in the utility-solar market, where solar modules account for a much larger slice of the bill — fixed-tilt utility-scale solar have seen prices dropped 17.4%, while single-axis tracking projects have seen their prices drop by 14.9%. The report also notes, however, that while solar module price drops have had a significant impact on utility-scale solar prices, “aggressive market entrants in the inverter and racking markets are also pushing prices down rapidly.”
Clean Technica 2nd Dec 2016 read more »
Hounslow Council – biggest local authority solar scheme
Hounslow Council appointed STC Energy to undertake bureau services for their corporate estate. Part of the service includes monitoring of the solar panel array and storage facilities at Western International Market. This £2m scheme conducted by Hounslow Council involved the installation of 6,000 solar panels on Western International Market and is the biggest solar scheme carried out by any local authority. Hounslow are also the first council to adopt battery storage to maximise the power from the panels. The 1.73 megawatt array of 6,069 panels and four 60 kilowatt lithium batteries system now generates half the site’s required electricity. This solar power system will contribute 2% of the council’s carbon reduction target, cutting emissions by more than 780 tonnes a year. It has been estimated that within the first year, an overall saving of £255,000 is expected.
Energy Live News 2nd Dec 2016 read more »
A north-east community-owned wind turbine is now up and running after passing the final commissioning tests
Press & Journal 2nd Dec 2016 read more »