Renew On Line (UK) number 72

Extracts from NATTA's journal
Renew, Issue 172 Mar/Apr2008
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1. Big UK wind push

2. Zero Carbon Buildings

3. Nuclear Decision

4. Energy Policy developments

5. Tory Green Energy Promises

6. Brown on Energy...and Climate

7. Biofuels and biomass get going

8. EU News: REFIT spreads

9. Global News: Climate High, Bali Low

10. World Round up: Oz, NZ, Canada try

11. Nuclear news: US and UK plans

1. Big UK wind push

Offshore Wind is powering ahead. So far, under Rounds 1 and 2 of the offshore wind programme, nearly 400 MW has been installed (see report later). In addition planning consents have been granted for a further 3GW and the government had made clear it wanted this raised to 8GW. And now under Round 3, it wants to see further expansion. Last year John Hutton, the energy secretary, announced plans to open the whole of Britain’s continental shelf to offshore wind ...

2. Zero Carbon Buildings
Offsite Renewables not allowed

There’s been a debate over Merton Council’s ‘10% from renewables’ rule, and over whether green power could be imported from remote offsite renewable generators to meet it, and then over the governments new target of having all new build attain zero emissions by 2016. Under pressure to clarify her Departments position, the Minister, Yvette Cooper, insisted that she strongly supported the Merton Rule but also indicated that long distance imports should not be eligible. She wrote to the Guardian (7/12/07) saying ‘Councils need to continue to set Merton rules on the proportion of renewable energy ...

3 Nuclear Decision

‘The security of our energy supply is best safeguarded by building a new generation of nuclear power stations.’ So said Gordon Brown last July, so we shouldn’t be surprised that the government decided that, yes, companies should consider nuclear. Even so, it’s a little odd since it’s always been open to private sector investors to back a new nuclear programme. What the government now plans to offer is help to ease this, though it insist that no direct finance ...

4. Energy Policy developments
EU Renewables Directive
UK gets off lightly

The legally binding target proposed by the EU for the UK as its contribution to helping the EU as a whole to get 20% of its energy from renewables by 2020, has been set at 15%. Most other countries didn’t get off so lightly: Portugal’s target was 31%, Denmark’s 30%, France got 23%, Spain 20%, Germany 18%, Greece 18%, Italy 17%, and Ireland 16%. The big hitters were Austria at 34%, Finland at 38%, Sweden 49%- and Latvia at 42%. Some other ex-Soviet ...

5. Tory Green Energy Promises

‘By 2020, 1 million homes & businesses could be producing 2GW of electricity’. Oliver Letwin
The Conservative Party’s new policy on energy has been outlined in their report ‘Power to the People’. It’s essentially a charter for decentralised power, focussed on microgeneration, using a FIT system to promote it. It says they will:...

6. Brown on Energy...

Last November Prime Minister Gordon Brown outlined his views on climate and energy policy at a WWF conference. He said that ‘over the coming decades we must move from a largely fossil fuel based economy to an economy primarily powered by low carbon energy: renewables; potentially nuclear- subject to the outcome of our consultation; and the emerging technology of carbon capture and storage’. He noted that ‘at present around 9% ...

7. Biofuel gets going

The UK’s first bioethanol plant opened last year at Wissington in Norfolk. It will produce 70 million litres of ethanol biofuel a year from locally grown sugar beet processed at Associated British Foods’ major British Sugar plant there. The bioethanol goes to blenders who mix it with petrol and sell it on...

8. EU News
EU- ETS: Euro 20bn windfall

Under Phase I of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme which ran up to 2007, industries, including power generators, were allocated free permits to emit carbon and were allowed to sell any surplus over and above what they need to meet the emission cap imposed on them under the EU-ETS rules, to those who exceeded their ceilings. Michael Grubb, Chief Economist at the Carbon Trust has calculated that this practice gave the industry windfall profits of ...

9. Global News
Bush on Climate Change

Opening the Global Climate meeting he convened in Washington last Sept (see Renew 171), with representatives from some major energy using countries, President Bush said ‘we must lead the world to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and we must do it in a way that does not undermine economic growth or prevent nations from delivering greater prosperity for their people... With the work we begin today, we can agree on a new approach that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen energy security, encourage economic growth and sustainable development, and advance negotiations ...

10 World Round up
Canada gets moving

Canada is at long last getting to grips with wind power. As Windpower Monthly reported in Sept, ‘from a position perpetually at the starting gate, the country has become a front runner, with 1590 MW in the ground, at least another 7000 MW in view, and nearly 3000 MW of that already building or contracted.’ It added that in the past 18 months nearly 1GW of wind capacity was installed. It says the catalyst for market growth was the introduction of a flat rate wind power production incentive in 2002, which provided a context for a range of initiatives by each province. It noted that, ‘in one of the biggest calls for wind capacity ever, the Ontario government wants to add an additional 2000MW of renewable energy to the province’s power grid from projects larger than 10 MW in size’, and said this ‘should take the pressure off a programme intended to support community development of small wind ...

11. Nuclear news

Opening the special Global Climate meeting he convened in Washington in Sept (see earlier), President Bush said ‘My administration established a new initiative called the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. This partnership will work with nations with advanced civilian nuclear energy programs, such as France and Japan and China and Russia. Together we will help developing nations obtain secure, cost-effective and proliferation-resistant nuclear ...
12. In the rest of Renew 172
The Feature in this issue look at the arguments for hydrogen as an new green energy vector and at CAT green energy scenario. The Technology section looks at progress on focussed solar- ‘Concentrating Solar Power’ (CSP) and at some hydrogen projects . The reviews section includes coverage of the biofuel option- and Worldwatch’s attempt to rebalance the debate. There is also an overview of green energy in the Balkans based on a new report. This issue also continues our coverage of the battle to get a REFIT Feed In Tariff established in the UK- in the Technology and Reviews sections. The Groups section looks at views on tidal power as gathered by SDC, UKERC's progress, Innovation issues and much more. And there's the usual disgruntled comments from all-comers in Forum . Plus an Editorial arguing that maybe we need peak oil to wake us up!

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