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Extracts from NATTA's journal
, issue 154 Mar-Apr2005

   Welcome   Archives   Bulletin         


1. A new UK Climate Plan

2. Green Heat and Biofuels

3. Local support for Tidal power

4. Wind rush- and wind problems

5. Micro power push: PV and micro-CHP

6. Clean-coal ‘better than wind’

7. Industrial ups and downs

8. Grid Connection Charges

9. £80m for Innovation

10. Efficiency Drives

11. World news: Kyoto goes live

12. World Renewables Round up

13. Nuclear Power- more or less?

 1. A new UK Climate Plan

The Government has launched an ‘extensive and open’ consultation on its review of the UK Climate Change Programme, focussing on opportunities to further reduce carbon emissions, including:

* The EU Emissions Trading Scheme: UK  

* Energy Efficiency:

* Biomass:

* Transport:

* Biofuels

2. Green Heat and Biofuels

The Renewable Power Association has  worked with Friends of the Earth and others to develop a proposal for a ‘Renewable Heat Obligation.’ They say that although the UK government has recognized the contribution of Green Heat technologies in climate change programmes, it “has not introduced a dedicated policy to support this low cost and proven carbon abatement option.”

3. Local support for Tidal

Following the successful £3.4 m offshore tidal turbine test project off the coast from Lynmouth in N. Devon, Martin Wright, the managing director of Marine Current Turbines (MCT), talking at at public meeting on future plans in Lynmouth in November,  indicated that the second stage of their Seaflow project will be a £6m turbine connected to the national grid

4. Wind rush- and wind problems

Construction of wind farms hit a record last year. According to the British Wind Energy Association, 253 megawatts of new capacity  started generating- five times the average annual capacity built in the 1990s and more than double the figure in 2003.

5. Micro power push: PV and micro-CHP

The Green Alliance lobbying group says the government should support homeowners as much as it does businesses in taking up renewables. It has put forward the case for micro-generation at the domestic level- using small, affordable, roof-mounted wind turbines, solar panels and heating systems that can generate renewable, low-carbon heat and power at home.

6. Clean-coal ‘better than wind’

The UK could cut the cost of reducing greenhouse gases by £3bn if it fitted clean-coal technology to its aging power stations, rather than building wind farms, according to Mitsui Babcock, the British based power station manufacturer. It says that  some 2,000 wind turbines will be installed in the UK over the next six years at a total cost of approximately £9 bn, as power companies seek to comply with a government demand to increase supplies of renewable energy. 

7. Industrial ups and downs

Green Energy UK, which supplies green energy to homes and businesses across the UK, is to use PV solar to power a new electric go-kart racing track in Mile End Park, London.   The company buys in power from a wind farm in the West Country and small-scale hydro plants in the Peak District and Cumbria and biomass in Yorkshire, but the go-kart track will have it own PV canopy.

8. Grid Connection Charges

The issue of how to charge for connecting major wind farm projects to the national grid has still not been fully resolved, but in response to a Parliamentary Question last Dec, Energy Minister Mike O'Brien commented : ‘The Energy Act 2004 laid the foundation for the creation of a single GB market for wholesale electricity trading and transmission. Charges to connect to and use the GB transmission system, and therefore access the GB market, are still being developed by National Grid.’ 

9. £80m for Innovation

Launching an international G8 Roundtable discussion meeting last Nov. Prime Minister Tony Blair said: ‘Over the coming decades, a massive shift towards lower carbon energy systems will be needed if we are to meet the world’s growing energy needs whilst also avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. To achieve this, we will need a green technological revolution- but we are only just at the beginning of understanding how to bring this about.’

10. Efficiency Drives

In his Pre-Budget report last Dec, the Chancellor allocated £20m to a new fund to ‘accelerate the development of energy efficient technology’- £10m per year in 2006-07 and 2007-08.  The new fund will  be managed by the Carbon Trust, who will seek match funding from the private sector.

11. World news: Kyoto goes live

Russia’s decision last year to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change   re-energized international cooperation on cutting greenhouse gas emissions- and led to a tripling of speculative carbon trades within the EU.  To enter into force, the Protocol had to be ratified by 55 Parties to the Convention, including developed countries whose combined 1990 emissions of carbon dioxide exceed 55% of that group’s total. With the US (36%) not intending to ratify, the 55% threshold could only be met with the participation of Russia (17%).

12. World Round up

EU Solar visions

US potential

Japan may miss Kyoto targets

Spain top for renewables

China good for wind

Development Funding Spreads

Australia stops wind

13. Nuclear Power

We’d need lots to make any impact 

US Nuclear Waste plan flawed?

Nuclear undermines Finnish renewables  

Internal Radiation-

More dangerous than we thought?

UK Clean-up costs fall

14. In the rest of Renew 154

The Feature looks at how wind energy  has been handled in Ireland- none too well it seems, with a moratorium on new projects being impose due to grid linkage problems. The Feature also has news of a new OU report on the UK's  grid system  problems.  The Technology section looks at what happened to the Regenesys project and at  flow-battery energy storage issues generally. It also covers some novel  tidal and wave energy  projects in the USA.  The Reviews section looks at the history of windpower in the USA  and that the World Renewable Energy Congress held in Denver last summer. The Groups section looks at Community Renewables projects around the UK and also reviews recent debates on nuclear power- as does the Forum section. This material is  meant to support the "Nuclear or Not?"  Conference being held at the Open University on March 15th:  (See the NATTA Bulletin Board on the EERU web site   More details from

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