Renew On Line (UK) number 72
|Extracts from NATTA's journal
Renew, Issue 172 Mar/Apr2008
|Welcome Archives Bulletin|
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 ...
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 ...
‘By 2020, 1 million homes & businesses could be producing
2GW of electricity’. Oliver Letwin
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% ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
|We are now offering to e-mail subscribers a PDF version of the complete Renew, instead of sending them the printed version, should they wish.|