Renew On Line (UK) 59
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1. Giving and taking
RO could be cut for Land-fill gas? And wind?
The government could reduce the level of financial support via the Renewables Obligation for some onshore wind farms without making them unattractive investments...
£30m for Low Carbon Buildings programme
On Nov 3. the DTI announced a £30m Low Carbon Building Programme (LCBP) funding package, over three years...MORE
2. New Climate Review
The Governments new Climate Policy, initially expected ‘by the end of the year,’ seems to have been delayed until ‘early 2006’. But leaks suggested that, although the government now recognised that the existing emission reduction programme would not be sufficient, the new review was not going to be very radical- apart, possibly, from backing carbon capture and storage and more offshore wind.
Policy option (carbon saving in million tonnes carbon)...MORE
3. New Energy Review
The government will give a ‘yes or no’ to nuclear power by the end of the year following a decision by Tony Blair to inject ‘greater urgency’ into the nuclear debate. ‘We have to now make government decisions so we can put proposals before the British people next year,’ ...
4. Decarb the UK
The Tyndall Centres new report Decarbonising the UK, which looks ahead at the technical and policy options, has some radical conclusions- the headline one being that emissions from aviation were rising rapidly and could overwhelm cuts in other sectors- see our report later...MORE
5. UK Wind is fine
The UK wind regime is the best in Europe and is well matched to energy demand, with a high degree of reliability, according to a report by Graham Sinden from the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, commissioned by the Dept. of Trade and Industry...MORE
6. Green heat- AEAT says- 4.7%by 2020
An AEA Technology report for DTI/DEFRA, ‘Renewable Heat & Heat from Combined Heat & Power Plants- Study & Analysis,’ looks at the potential for earth energy heat pumps, solar thermal water heating, biomass, energy from waste, anaerobic digestion and landfill gas technologies. greed biofuel obligations’.... MORE
7. PAC slams‘£12.5 bn’ RO costs
The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has raised serious doubts about the cost of the government’s plans to promote renewable energy- and whether they will succeed at meeting the ‘10% of electricity by 2010’ target. In a report published last Sept., it noted that the Renewables Obligation (RO) will cost consumers £1bn per year by 2010, implying a total cumulative cost by then of ‘at least’ £5bn, with a further £1.5-2bn for grid development by 2010....MORE
8. Scots Adjust Aim
The Scottish Executives’ target of obtaining 40% of the electricity generated in Scotland from green sources by 2020 has now been changed to 40% of the electricity consumed in Scotland. The distinction is crucial since Scotland produces more energy than it needs and is a net exporter of power...MORE
9. Energy Efficiency- mixed reviews
Building Regs revised
New measures to make buildings more energy efficient have been introduced, which the government claim will save nearly one million tonnes of carbon per year by 2010. They say that the changes to Parts F and L (ventilation and fuel conservation) of the Building Regulations are ‘two years ahead of schedule’, and that the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive will make ‘a major contribution to the UK’s commitment to combat climate change’. ...MORE
10. Carbon Saving- UK results so far
UK Industry cut the amount of carbon dioxide it released into the atmosphere by 14.4m tonnes in 2004, which was 8.9m tonnes more than the target set by the government. Part of this is due to the Climate Change Levy- which applies to most companies unless they use energy from renewable sources...MORE
11. EU News
EU gets extra 1.3 GW (th) solar
20% cut in EU energy by 2020
...but emissions rise by 1.5%
EC to rule on Scottish grid charges
12. World News
The New Climate Pact
US 'already doing it’
..or should it be in?
Climate change insurance costs
Exxon still in denial…
12% from wind by 2020
150GW of wind in California?
13. Nuclear News
There is categorically no evidence that living near nuclear power stations increases the rate of childhood cancers, says a report from the UK’s Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment.
14. In the rest of Renew 159
The Feature looks at the Intermittency issue- linking in to the OU conference on Jan 24- with coverage of the TPA review of the issues, the Tyndall Centres report on it and articles by Bob Everett from EERU and Patrick Divine-Wright from DMU. The Groups section looks at Solar Cities and developments in Milton Keynes , while the Technology includes a look at Carbon Capture and Storage. The Reviews include a new look at microgen developments and some more thoughts on uranium reserves . There is also a report on the previous OU conference on community wind power- and why local ownership is so important- which was on Nov 15th .The editorial offers 'Six alternatives to nuclear', while the Forum sections looks at some of the more crazy aspects of the atomic world- and the statistical world.
*Conference The OU EERU, has organised a conference on the Intermittency issue: 'Integrating Renewables into the Energy System' on Jan 24th at the OU Milton Keynes. See http://eeru.open.ac.uk/conferences.htm
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