Renewable Energy News

Power Failure for BBC Panorama

As if energy prices weren’t already a hot enough topic, this week’s BBC Panorama (BBC One, Monday 8.30pm) again lifts the lid on the dilemma of rising energy prices and reliance on carbon-emitting fossil fuels. The programme is cleverly entitled ‘Power Failure’ and journalist Top Heap explores some of the…

The future of small-scale wind power

There have been significant changes recently to the future of wind turbines with Government support increasing for offshore, large-scale wind, whilst reducing support for onshore turbines, and there are changes afoot for smaller scale wind turbines of up to 20kW as well. Changes for small scale wind turbines Firstly, the…

Smaller Solar PV and the Feed-in Tariff is unaffected by Govt subsidies cut

Yesterday, the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced changes to the ‘strike price’ for large onshore  wind and Solar PV. Small-scale solar and the Feed-in Tariff remains unaffected The changes do not apply to those smaller projects that currently attract the Feed-in Tariff revenues. Domestic and…

New DECC solar strike price Is no shock to large-scale industry

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has today confirmed the revised ?strike prices? for solar, onshore wind and offshore wind.  The strike price is the financial lever by which the Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism is operated, whereby the Government guarantees to pay generators the difference between wholesale…

Free yourself from soaring heating bills

New subsidy means you can now get paid generously for using renewable energy to heat your home Thanks to a brand new government subsidy, the Renewable Heat Incentive, your expensive heating bills can now be a thing of the past. Why NOW is the perfect time to think about a…

University of Chester to reduce carbon footprint with hydroelectric pumping station

The Government have pumped £1million into a project to restore the pumping station at Chester Weir into its role as a hydroelectric power station. The cash comes from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Revolving Green Fund, which awards grants to higher education bodies to fund teaching and help…

Feed-in Tariff rates from 1st January 2014 for Solar PV

Good news, there is little change in the Feed-in Tariffs (the amount you get paid for generating renewable electricity) from the 1st January 2014. The Feed-in Tariff rates listed below will be fixed for all installations that take place between 1st January and 1st April 2014 for 20 years, payments…

How to compare biomass boilers

A buyer?s guide to comparing biomass boilers Like most people, you?ve probably never bought a biomass boiler before, so how do you know which make is best and what to look for? Just like buying a car, you want the best spec for the best value. When investing in a…

Feed-in Tariff NOT affected by Prime Minister’s green levies review

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has today confirmed that mechanisms supporting renewable energy like FiT, ROC and CfD will not be affected by the green levies review announced last week by Prime Minister, David Cameron. Today?s confirmation came after the British Photovoltaic Association contacted DECC seeking clarification…

Woodfuel and the Rural Economy

Ever wondered where the woodfuel for pellet boilers will come from? The editor and founder of Woodfuel magazine Danielle Vickers, will explore the links between commercial woodfuel and the rural economy, the arguments for and against the harvesting of timber for woodfuel and how it affects the carbon balance at a discussion in Winchester. Tim Jackson,…

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