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Energy co-ops are cutting household bills alongside carbon emissions

Energy co-ops are cutting household bills alongside carbon emissions | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Ruth Rosselson is an environmental pioneer. The freelance writer and community trainer is one of the first homeowners to sign up with the Manchester-based Carbon Co-op for a programme of energy-efficiency improvements that will transform her cold and draughty house into a warm and toasty low-energy home.

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Most British consumers satisfied with time of use tariffs

Most British consumers satisfied with time of use tariffs | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 12, 2012 - Almost three quarters of British consumers on time-of-use tariff are satisfied, a new survey from the British consumer group Consumer Focus has found.
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Carbon tax could boost economy and combat fuel poverty, analysis shows

Carbon tax could boost economy and combat fuel poverty, analysis shows | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Money raised from carbon taxes on energy bills should be used to lift millions of households out of fuel poverty and boost the economy, it has been suggested.
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Every part of our society depends on energy. Yet we don't have a plan

Every part of our society depends on energy. Yet we don't have a plan | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Why is Britain not better insulated against volatile energy prices? It's an issue much bigger than how we heat our homes. More than a decade ago, rising fuel prices triggered protests by truck drivers that revealed the fragile nature of the nation's infrastructure. The government and the protesters seemed equally stunned at the swiftness with which a blockade of a handful of fuel depots could interrupt so many vital supply lines and services.

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How to Buy Green Electricity

This type of electricity tariff works by your energy supplier purchasing renewable energy that matches how much energy you use in the home, this can be just some of the energy you use or all of it. On your behalf, your energy supplier will be purchasing renewable forms of energy from sources such as hydroelectric power stations and wind farms. You can request information as to which sources have been included in the purchase made on your behalf and also what proportion of the supply you have received is renewable.

In a lot of cases the green tariff will state that the energy they are supplying to you is renewable but they will only be assigning you the compulsory amount of renewable energy that they are already required to supply you with. This will reduce the amount of renewable energy that they are providing to their other customers and will not increase the amount of renewable energy that is being circulated around the UK.
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Applaud Efforts To Turn Britain's Isle Of Wight Into A Self-Sufficient Island of Renewable Energy

Applaud Efforts To Turn Britain's Isle Of Wight Into A Self-Sufficient Island of Renewable Energy | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Over the past decade, efforts in environmental stewardship have increased exponentially. Now being green, clean, and using renewable and sustainable energy sources are ways of life. More and more organizations are bending to the demands for efficient and unpolluted products, leading to a surge in green technologies and sustainable farming techniques. Such awareness and effort is truly commendable and has sparked impressive energy projects all over the world: one of the most recent being David Green’s Ecoisland project on Britain’s Isle of Wight. Within the past year, the Ecoisland project has become world-renowned due to its goal to make the small island a self-sufficient haven of renewable energy by 2020. Such prowess and devotion to environmental health is truly a praiseworthy cause that deserves applause and recognition.
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Can the Solar Panel Industry Survive Without the Feed In Tariff?

The cost of installing even the best solar panels has fallen quite drastically since the introduction of the FIT and it continues to fall. Simultaneously electricity prices are continuing to rise, thus increasing the potential savings. The hope is that by the end of the FIT scheme the amount that can be saved in electricity costs during the life of a solar panel will be greater than the installation cost, thus rendering it cost effective to install. This may be achieved however it may not be the end of the story. There are a couple of important factors against the the argument that the solar industry can survive post-FIT.
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Private Landlords Keen to Go Green

Private Landlords Keen to Go Green | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
More than half of private residential landlords are considering getting involved in Green Deal, according to a survey by a landlords’ association which says it is encouraging members to go green.
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UK announces new feed-in tariffs for small scale renewables

UK announces new feed-in tariffs for small scale renewables | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The UK government has announced new feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewable heat and small-scale renewable electricity technologies (not including solar PV). The changes will affect tariffs for all newly eligible FIT technologies from 1 December.
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Measuring energy use and behaviour change in the home

Measuring energy use and behaviour change in the home | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Andy Steele: Salford University's research revealed interesting results but longterm household study has some obvious drawbacks...
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UK opposes 2030 renewable energy target

UK opposes 2030 renewable energy target | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The UK government wants nuclear power to be given parity with renewables in Europe, in a move that would significantly boost atomic energy in Britain but downgrade investment in renewable generation, according to a leaked document seen by the Guardian.

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Offshore renewable energy planning system to be streamlined - BBC News

Offshore renewable energy planning system to be streamlined - BBC News | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The director of policy at Scottish Renewables, Jenny Hogan, said: "With more than 11 gigawatts of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy projects in the pipeline by 2020, a streamlined and efficient process for securing planning consent is crucial to making these plans a reality."

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WHISKY POWER: New Company Celtic Renewables Turns Whisky ...

WHISKY POWER: New Company Celtic Renewables Turns Whisky ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Edinburgh Napier University transformed pott ale and draff from the making of whisky into fuel to run a vehicle, and now the university has turned that process into a business called Celtic Renewables Ltd.!

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UK Survey – More Would Invest In Solar If They Knew The Financial Benefits

UK Survey – More Would Invest In Solar If They Knew The Financial Benefits | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The real picture — solar PV power is a good venture to invest in, surveys predict. However, there isn’t much publicity of what may be the actual financial benefits, so many are left simply guessing what they could save… if they are even asked or ask themselves. And, apparently, the large majority of citizens don’t realize how much money they could save if they installed a solar power system on their roof.
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Energy efficiency could allow UK to close 22 power stations

Energy efficiency could allow UK to close 22 power stations | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Energy efficiency could allow UK to close 22 power stations
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The strategy identifies four significant barriers that have consistently hampered energy efficiency improvements: an underdeveloped market; lack of information on energy; misaligned financial incentives, which mean the person who is responsible for making improvements does not always receive the benefits of their actions; and the hassle of installing efficiency me
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George Osborne: make UK a world leader in energy storage

George Osborne: make UK a world leader in energy storage | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Chancellor George Osborne has said the UK must take a global lead in developing a series of low carbon technologies, including energy efficient computing and energy storage, in his first major speech on scientific issues.
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Solar PV damages claim rises to £50 million

Prospect Law, the legal team that defeated the Government over the illegal cuts to Feed-in tariffs last year, has issued the Department of Energy and Climate Change(DECC) with a formal ‘Letter Before Claim’ on behalf of a further five solar installation and construction companies. The request brings the total demand for compensation of losses incurred by the unlawful cuts to approximately £50 million, up from the initial demand of £2.2 million made in July. More firms are expected to file proceedings through Prospect Law within the next few days.
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Renewable Energy for Homes Off Grid

Homes that are found in incredibly rural parts of the country will often have no electricity supply, meaning they have to survive without electricity or look at generating their own source. Often renewable energy sources such a solar, water or wind power hold the answer, with these homes being able to generate enough electricity for themselves.

If you are generating your own electricity then you could be receiving payments through feed-in tariffs. This is also the case for those homes that are off the grid, allowing you to receiving some of the tariff for generating your electricity, but you will be unable to get the tariff for exporting it.
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Rise in renewable energy loans - H&V News

Rise in renewable energy loans - H&V News | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
reNews EuropeRise in renewable energy loansH&V NewsThe amount of loans given by the Co-operative Bank to help fund renewable energy projects has increased three-fold so far this year, according to new figures reported by MSN Money UK.

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Low users paying more for energy

Low users paying more for energy | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

People who use small amounts of gas and electricity are paying up to 30% more for their energy than those who use more units, according to a Which? survey.

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Government Backing Makes Green Energy Big Business In Kenya

Government Backing Makes Green Energy Big Business In Kenya | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The aim of Kenya, and other East Africa countries, to base its growing economy on renewable energy has received a timely boost from the British government, which pledged support in the transition to a green economy.
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US Ranks 9th for Energy Efficiency, out of 12 Major Economies

US Ranks 9th for Energy Efficiency, out of 12 Major Economies | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The United Kingdom is first for energy efficiency - followed closely by Germany, Italy, Japan and France - in a ranking of the world's major economies from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
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Renewable energy empowers communities

Renewable energy empowers communities | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
As a coalition of UK charities calls for an increased focus on community-owned renewables, Martin Wright reflects on the potential of local energy ownership (RT @briznrg: @PositiveNewsUK great to see your article about community energy and #comshares...
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Are the 'big six' energy companies blocking renewables in the UK? - The Ecologist

Are the 'big six' energy companies blocking renewables in the UK? - The Ecologist | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Just six energy companies EDF, E.ON, Centrica, SSE, Scottish Power and npower control 99 per cent of our domestic energy market but show only minor interest in renewables.

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Are Hybrid Ribbons the Future of Renewables?

Are Hybrid Ribbons the Future of Renewables? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Recently, a research team in the UK has combined renewables to form energy-generating ribbons with great potential. The team, from the Institute for Materials Research and Innovation at the University of Bolton near Manchester in the UK, considered the fact that weather, especially in Britain, is highly unpredictable and decided to make a material that used more than one type of weather to produce electricity.

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