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Extracts from NATTA's journal
Renew, Issue 163 Sept-Oct 2006
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1. The Energy Review - more of everything 

2. Reactions to Energy Review-  not all happy

3. Submissions to the Energy Review- more inputs 

4.Yet more reviews.- from the Tories, the Carbon Trust and Stern

5. Around the UK- marine projects in Scotland

6. Energy Efficiency - Lords get tough

7. FoE: Waste burn ‘not green’

8. Biomass- will it ever grow? 

9. EU Developments -  more from Germany

10. US Developments-  ethanol and wind boom

11. World developments- Planet warms, G8 not so hot 

12. Nuclear News- Chernobyl still with us

1. The Energy Review

‘If the review was open, transparent and fair, looking at the options on economic grounds across a whole life cost assessment of nuclear stations, the solution may well point to renewables,’ said Elliot Morley ex-environment minister. When the governments Energy Review finally emerged it took a different view- backing nuclear along with renewables, clean coal & efficiency

2. Reactions to Energy Review

The Energy Review generated a lot of debate, which still rumbles on.

The Conservatives criticised it for being too timid and too vague. Shadow Industry Secretary, Alan Duncan said: ‘We have been told for months that urgent decisions must be made now. Yet the Review puts off making any of the big decisions and instead proposes new consultations and areas to consider. The responsible thing  

3. Submissions to the Energy Review 

Your choice

The governments summary of views submitted to the Review included data (p.37) on the choices of technology by respondents. The totals were: 

4. Yet more reviews.. Tory Energy Review 

In their own interim energy review, released just before the governments review, the Conservatives said that nuclear power should be used only as ‘a last resort’. Shadow trade secretary Alan Duncan said his party wanted to ‘explore every conceivable method of generating electricity before we go to nuclear’. The Tory review says that when it comes to nuclear there would have to be ‘total transparency over the full lifetime costs

5. Around the UK

Barrow Offshore Wind

The Barrow Offshore Wind (BOW) project, 4 miles off the South Cumbrian coast, has now been commissioned- the UK’s newest offshore wind farm. It represents an investment of more than £100 million by its joint owners, British Gas parent company Centrica and Danish

6. Energy Efficiency - the Lords talk sense 

On 27 April Baroness Perry of Southwark commented on the report by the House Of Lords Science and Technology Committee on Energy Efficiency (2nd Report, HL Paper 21) and the government response to it, and to the Committees’ earlier report on the practicalities of renewable energy. She said ‘the Government’s responses to both reports have been extremely disappointing. In the words of the committee’s annual report

7. FoE: Waste burn ‘not green’ 

Incineration of domestic waste can produce up to 33% more greenhouse gas than burning gas in power stations, according to a study commissioned by Friends of the Earth ‘A Changing Climate for Energy from Waste?’ prepared by Eunomia Research & Consulting. ‘The government and waste industry must stop peddling the myth that waste incineration is green energy’, said Michael Warhurst of FOE. “The government must make

8. Biomass- will it ever grow? 

Responding to the report that emerged from Sir Ken Gills Biomass Task Force last Oct., the government has produced an action plan which accepts that energy from crops, trees and waste can make a strong contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It sets out 12 ways to try to make this happen, including a capital grant scheme for biomass boilers; the establishment of a new Biomass Energy Centre to provide expert

9. EU Developments

The European Commission has set out its vision for an Energy Strategy for Europe in a new Green Paper, which invites comments on six specific priority areas, containing over 20 suggestions for possible new action. It identifies three core objectives for EU energy policy: sustainable development, competitiveness, and security of supply and puts a lot of emphasis on completing the move to a single EU-wide electricity market

10. US Developments 

President Bush says he wants to get the USA off imported oil, but given that domestic oil production in the US has been declining since the 1970s, this presents some problems. The enthusiasts look to bio-ethanol, and certainly the USA does have a lot of room to grow biofuels like corn (see below). However the US Dept. of Energy has now claimed that its oil reserves could be boosted 4-fold through advanced injection of CO2 into depleted oilfields- the Enhanced Oil Recovery concept. This is already done in the US and elsewhere on a small scale, but the DOE says

11. World developments 

The Earth’s temperature could rise far higher than previously predicted, according to a draft of the next report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It says that it is proving hard to place a reliable upper limit on how quickly the atmosphere will warm as CO2 levels increase. The three previous reports assumed that a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would increase average global temperature by between 1.5 and 4.5C. by 2100. However, some computer models have now foreseen increases as high as 11C. But the real issue is

12. Nuclear News 

The government’s decision to bail out nuclear generator British Energy has left the taxpayer facing ‘a large and uncertain liability’, the National Audit Office has warned. The NAO noted that, ‘in the light of its assessment of the threat to electricity supplies and to safety’, the DTI had agreed ‘to take responsibility for

13. In the rest of Renew 163 

In the Feature  Dave Elliott looks wave and tidal power The Technology section looks at various new tidal current power projects, low carbon housing , and the Green Party's energy plan . The Groups section includes a look at what the GLA are up to in London and the Eurosolar Awards. The Reviews section looks at SDC, Green Alliance and other submissions to the Energy Review, plus Mitsui Babock's new energy scenario. There is also an editorial on the energy review and a lively Forum section.

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