Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Can a Clean Energy UK learn from Denmark's lead

If a small country like Denmark can achieve so much, then just think how much the UK could achieve if Cameron and his cronies, took their short sighted heads from out of the sand and fully supported Clean Energy.

Think of our children and strive for a Clean Energy UK today 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Why the Future for Clean Energy UK is a bright one

Some of these figures are a little out of date now, But the deciding principles are still valid  today. For the sake of our grandchildren we must achieve these goals.

Strive for a Clean Energy UK today not tomorrow

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Clean Energy UK: Update


Resulting in a major boost for the campaign  for a Clean Energy UK
the Scottish Government has today given consent for four massive offshore wind farm projects in a fresh push to ensure it secures a share of £235m renewable energy finance from Whitehall.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing confirmed the green light for Mainstream Renewable Energy's Neart Na Gaoithe project; Inch Cape, which is being developed by Repsol Nuevas Energias UK and EDPR; and SSE and Fluor's Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo wind farms.
Combined, the four projects could generate more than 2.2GW of new capacity, offering a major boost towards Scotland's target to have 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2020.A major part of the push for a Clean Energy UK 
Despite its enviable wind resource, Scotland currently hosts just one commercial scale offshore wind farm. But the announcement today means the government has now consented 4.15GW of projects.
The government predicts the four new projects could generate £314m to £1.2bn for the Scottish economy and create tens of thousands of jobs, if they go ahead.
The Scottish Government was angered at the start of this year when none of its projects was chosen for initial support under the new Contract for Difference (CfD) regime. SSE's Beatrice Wind farm eventually bagged a contract after two other developers dropped out of the race, but the Scottish government remains concerned that its schemes could miss out in future auctions.
Ewing said the decision today was designed to give these four projects a better chance of securing a CfD contract.
"The budget for offshore wind (and other less established technologies) in the first of these rounds scheduled for autumn is £235m, thought to be enough to support around 800 MW of offshore wind in UK waters," he said
"The level of support available to the offshore renewables sector sits in stark contrast to the unprecedented financial backing being offered to new nuclear plants, with a possible £35bn subsidy for the new Hinkley Point C station alone in addition to a £10bn loan guarantee.
"This inevitably means that growth in green energy will be restricted, a sector where Scotland has a competitive advantage." 
Today's decision was welcomed by Maggie McGinaly, director of energy and clean technologies at Scottish Enterprise, who said it would allow the developers to move forward with their projects.
"We'll continue to work closely with offshore wind supply chain companies and developers to help build relationships, and ensure companies across Scotland can effectively tap into the opportunities the development of these sites will bring," she said.
Neart na Goithe is likely to be the first project completed of the four, with first power expected by 2018. The £1.5bn project has already pre-qualified for the Infrastructure UK Treasury Guarantee and European Investment Bank funding.

Edited version of a Business Green report

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Renewable Energy meets 20% of all UK electricity generation.

Wind  Power helps to meet 20% of all UK electricity mix

Renewable UK says new statistics published this week by the Department of Energy and Climate Change prove the case for wind power, and makes nonsense of the Governments ban on future onshore wind farms.

The figures show that 19.4% of all the UK’s electricity mix in the first quarter of this year was generated from renewable energy sources, compared to 12.4% in 2013. DECC says the primary reason for the increase was improved performance and greater capacity from onshore and offshore wind power.

Total renewable electricity generation was a record 18.1 terawatt hours in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 12.7 terawatt hours the previous year, an increase of 43%. This is enough to power some 15 million homes for the quarter. Coal, gas and nuclear production all fell in the same period.

Onshore wind showed the highest absolute increase in generation, increasing by 62% to 6.6 terawatt hours, with offshore wind increasing by 53% to 4.4 terawatt hours. This made onshore wind the largest source of renewable electricity, with the technology providing 7.2% of all electricity across the UK. The combined total for onshore and offshore wind was nearly 12% of all electricity generated.. 

The increase was partially due to increases in installed capacity, but also record high performance factors (load factors) of 40.4% for onshore wind and 54.3% for offshore wind. In addition, wave and tidal production increased 77%.

The paper also confirms previously released statistics for 2013, once again showing record performance for renewables across the year, led by onshore wind. However, the document does confirm that progress towards the overall energy target, including heat and transport, was below the interim target that the Government set out for 2013, highlighting the need to keep investing in renewable electricity – including onshore wind. 

RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs Jennifer Webber said: “Once again, wind delivered strongly for the UK in the first quarter of the year – when we need power most - providing nearly 12% of all our electricity. 

“At a time when some politicians were finalising their plans to rule out any future support for onshore wind, it was quietly generating enough electricity for the equivalent of over 5 and a half million homes. Offshore wind also made a significant contribution to getting us off the hook of fossil fuels and reducing our dependence imported energy. 

“Onshore wind is delivering today, and it’s deeply illogical to talk about limiting its potential. Without the strong performance of wind last year, the Government would have been even further behind its energy targets. That’s why we need to ensure that there’s continued investment in both onshore and offshore wind moving forward.”

Edited version of a NextGen report.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Clean Energy: Best Guides Review


So if you are interested in knowing how to create your own clean energy and reduce, or even eliminate your electricity bills, then you have come to the right place. Below we have reviewed and listed the top Do it Yourself guides to Solar and Wind energy generation.

With energy prices soaring, surely there is no better time than NOW, to stop throwing money out the window and start saving some by generating your own clean energy.

Whether you want to simply cut your power bills down  to size or completely eliminate them – the one stop solution is creating your own electricity.You can pay £1000's for professionally installed solar or wind power systems.All of the reviewed guides below, gives you the opportunity to build your own home made solar  or wind, green energy system for a fraction of the cost.

That's right, these guides teach you everything you need to know about generating your own  wind and solar power system. With the complete step-by-step set-up, fully illustrated manuals and easy to follow video instructions present in these guides you will  easily be able to create your own renewable energy at home.

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                                                            OVERALL RATING  9/10

No 1 Rated Clean Energy Site for 2012
The clear winner from our criteria was Green Power Easy. This learning package was developed by Peter and Jennifer Lowe, and it is the most well put together green energy package that we tested.
When you buy Green Power Easy you will immediately be able to download the package. Included is the manual, blueprints, and how-to videos that make learning this one very simple.
The focus of this package is on converting your home to either wind or solar power or indeed both. Most importantly it focuses on how to accomplish this for very little cost. All of the parts that Green Power Easy recommends are readily available and easy to obtain.
For being the most complete package, that also worked better than the others we tested, we are giving this one the best-clean energy-learning-package award:

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                                                           OVERALL RATING 8.5/10

In second place we have an eBook package called Earth 4 Energy. Previously this one was in top spot, but with Green Power Easy coming to market it has been overtaken.
The Earth 4 Energy package again consists of both eBooks and videos that work well to teach you how to convert your home to clean energy. The material is clearly laid out and the instructions are simple to follow.
When we tested the components that we built using this system the power generated by the solar panels and the windmill did match that of our winner. It does cover converting your  whole home, but it isn't explained quite as well as with our number 1 choice.

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                                                              GREEN DIY ENERGY

                                                            OVERALL RATING 8/10

In third place we have Green DIY Energy. Overall this package is worth the money you spend to get it, but it just isn't written as well as our top two picks.

The package again consists of eBooks and videos that work to teach you how to convert your home. The material is fairly well laid out, but the images lack a little compared to Green Power Easy.
You will be able to build solar panels, or wind turbines, quite easily with Green DIY Energy, but you may find it harder to perform a whole home conversion. On the plus side however,this package does cover Solar Water Heating as well, unlike our top 2 choices.

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