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Extracts from NATTA's journal
, issue 158 Nov-Dec 2005

   Welcome   Archives   Bulletin         


1. Decentral power:
Greenpeace  proposals

2. Farm Power:
Biofuels delays

CHP to backup wind

4. Welsh Renewables: 
Wind plan

5.  BETTA hurts Scotland:
but H2 CCS project emerges 

 6. Going for Micro power:
the Low Carbon programme

7. UK Energy Roundup:
getting there slowly

8. UK Climate Policy:
Blair changes tune?

9. UK Energy Policy Developments:
How not the cut carbon

10. News  from around the world:
US beats EU?

11.World Policy Roundup:
G8 on Climate change

12. Nuclear News:
US, UK, Australia and Russia

1. Decentral power

Greenpeace has produced a hard hitting report putting the case for a decentralised energy strategy, which has some strong support from the Mayor of London, who provides a foreword. The report ‘Decentralising Power: an energy revolution for the 21st century’ points out that more than two thirds of the energy in the fuel we use at present is wasted- lost in inefficient energy conversion and distribution from large centralised power plants...


2. Farm Power

Farmers could and should grow more energy crops according to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which has launched a ‘homegrown fuels’ campaign- backed by a survey conducted by ICM that found that 78% of people asked favoured the use of renewable energy rather than fossil fuels to run cars and power homes and about 84% were against importing green fuel...


3.Windpower:  CHP to backup wind

A new EU backed research project involving the University of Birmingham  seeks to demonstrate how combined heat and power (CHP) can solve intermittency problems of fluctuating renewable energy sources. An international consortium of universities, research institutes and software companies has been awarded a major grant under the EU’s sixth Research Framework Programme to work in a number of EU countries...


4. Welsh Wind plan

The Welsh Assembly Government is committed to adopting ‘cleaner, more efficient energy production’ according to a consultation document launched in June. The Energy Route Map includes policies for Wales on energy supply and sets out dates for energy policy objectives to be met, and new planning guidance for onshore windfarms...


5. BETTA hurts Scotland  

The debate on Electricity Transmission Charges continues On June 15th during a Parliamentary debate, Scottish MP Mike Weir (Angus) (SNP) complained about the new  locational charging arrangements within BETTA, the new British Electricity Trading and Transmissions Arrangements which, he claimed, ‘could strangle...


6. Going for Micro power and Low Carbon  buildings

Many UK households could one day be self-sufficient in energy needs and routinely make money by selling surplus electricity from home generators such as solar panels and micro-wind turbines. This is among the possibilities raised by Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks as the Department of Trade and Industry asks for views on the development...


7. UK Energy Roundup

UK Renewables so far ...

Now: In answer to a Parliamentary Question on July 11th, the Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks reported that ‘in 2004 onshore and offshore wind together accounted for 0.49% of the electricity generated in the United Kingdom, up from 0.32% in 2003. In terms of primary energy supply the percentages were smaller at 0.07% in 2004...


8. UK Climate Policy

Blair on Climate policy

Tony Blair has claimed that the G8 meeting at Gleneagles in July had opened up ‘a pathway to a new dialogue’  on a replacement for the Kyoto protocol when it expires in 2012. However Tony Juniper, vice-chair of Friends of the Earth International, said: “This is a very disappointing finale...


9. UK Energy Policy Developments

Energy R&D falls

On 27th June 2005, DTI Minister Lord Sainsbury, commenting on the report by the Council for Science and Technology in May, which had alleged serious weakness in the UK energy research capacity, said  ‘the Government are concerned about the decline in research...


10. News from around the world

EU to have 4.5GW PV solar by 2010

Europe could have 4,500 MW of solar PV installed by 2010, according to the latest forecast from six renewable EU energy groups. Last year, 410 MWp of panels were installed increasing total capacity to more than 1,000 MW, a rise of 69% over 2003...


11.World Policy Roundup

G8 and Climate Change

While holding the Chair of the G8 groups of industrial countries this year, the UK tried to put climate change firmly on the agenda- at the Environment Ministers Roundtable in March (see Renew 157) and at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles in July. One focus was the arrangements for limiting emissions after 2012-...


12. Nuclear News

NuStart for US Nuclear?

The expansion of nuclear power was in effect halted in the USA by the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. More than 35 plants then being considered were stopped at various stages of planning and construction. However now President Bush wants to start up again. In a recent speech he commented ‘Nuclear power is one of the safest, cleanest sources of power in the world, ...

…but Russian Greens oppose Nuclear

Over 40 leading Russian environmentalists have written an open letter to president Vladimir Putin and prime minister Mikhail Fradkov urging them to renounce plans...


13. In the rest of Renew 158

In the Feature Dave Toke looks at  community wind power- and why local ownership is  so important- linking up the  EERU Conference  at the OU on that topic  on Nov 15th. There are some other tie in articles on local wind projects in the Groups section.  The Technology section  includes a look at  wind turbines-  with examples of  micro, offshore and even flying varieties-   as well as wave, hydrogen and green-diesel technologies. The Reviews include coverage of the Sustainable Development Commissions report on UK wind  power, an overview of marine renewables and a survey of the nuclear debate so far.  The editorial compares wind,  CSS/coal and nuclear as future options ,while the Forum sections looks at some of the more crazy aspects of free market economics.


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