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 real issues. It can be viewed on BBC iPlayer until 16 December 2013.
EnergyMyWay director Mark Briggs believes the programme highlights the importance of renewable energy. “Panorama has again done a good job of summarising the impact of the current energy price crisis – and it was was good to see more influential figures from government and world energy groups openly accept that renewable energy is the future. But many people in the UK are confused by negative talk of green levies being cut and carbon taxes. Sadly, what’s still not explained enough by the media is that there are huge, long term government-backed financial incentives available for homeowners, community organisations and businesses who want install renewable energy like solar panels or biomass boilers. Many people don’t realise that not only do these carbon free or carbon neutral technologies cut energy bills, but the cost of buying and installing them is heavily subsidised through schemes like the Feed-in-Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive.”
EnergyMyWay has locally run branches across the UK, all offering free advice and help with installing solar panels, biomass boilers, heat pumps and wind turbines.