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Smart meters - would we be better off sticking with these, and cutting £12 billion off our fuel bills? Photo: nilexuk via Flickr.com.

UK's £12 billion 'smart' meter program is FCUKED

Nick Hunn

27th December 2013

The UK's smart metering is set to be the country's next Government IT disaster, writes Nick Hunn - saddling consumers with a £12 billion cost on their fuel bills for little or no benefit. more...

RWE's green energy revolution

Oliver Tickell

3rd November 2010

German energy giant RWE will transform into a decentralized energy provider and enabler of renewable technologies. more...

Africa's biggest wind farm opens

Oliver Tickell

26th October 2013

20,000 square kilometres of Ethiopia are suitable for grid-based wind power generation, with a total capacity of 100 GW. more...
How to… power down your home

How to… power down your home while you're away

Rachael Stubbins

3rd May, 2012

If you want to return from holiday to a low electricity bill and a guilt-free conscience, power down your home before you go. Not sure how? Rachael Stubbins has more more...
Good energy

Green Business: Good Energy

Peter Salisbury

4th May, 2011

In the latest in his exclusive series examining ethical businesses, Peter Salisbury reports on the rise of the leading eco-electricity supplier - and hears how it all started with a cocktail more...
solar panels on roof, sunflowers in foreground

Solar power: a niche or serious energy source for the UK?

Mark Jansen

27th April, 2011

Much more than just a tool to engage communities in climate change issues, the solar industry argues it could meet between 6-8 per cent of the UK's electricity needs by 2020 more...
Installing the kitchen single unit HRU

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part six – ventilation

Sue Wheat

19th November, 2010

Better insulation means more warmth but also more mould and condensation. Sue Wheat's eco retrofit continues with a look at a super-efficient ventilation system that recycles heat while stamping out damp more...
Europe at night

Dark nights: the global effort to tackle light pollution

Carrie Madren

31st August, 2010

The energy, financial and health costs of lighting up our homes and streets could be saved through better lighting and an end to wasteful illuminations more...
Solar garden light as night light

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part four - ecogadgets

Sue Wheat

13th August, 2010

Sue immerses herself in the addictive world of ecogadgetry, including water-powered alarm clocks and a crash course in cooking with blankets... more...
solar power plant

Solar to provide quarter of electricity by 2050

Ecologist

14th May, 2010

North Africa expected to become major producer of concentrated solar power (CSP), more than half of which would be exported to meet European electricity demands more...

Communities using hydro power to fund green renewal

Paul Miles

8th April, 2010

A pioneering community-based hydroelectric energy project in the Brecon Beacons is a blueprint for how green energy can provide more than just low-carbon power... more...
The Ecologist April 1980 issue

The Ecologist April 1980: Nuclear power – the grand illusion

Peter Bunyard

April/May 1980

The questions over nuclear power are still the same today as they were 30 years ago... more...

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Map of area directly impacted by Belo Monte Dam

Brazil to build world's third largest dam in Amazon

Ecologist

2nd February, 2010

Environmental groups say the Belo Monte dam project would devastate a large area of the Amazon rainforest and threaten the survival of indigenous peoples more...
Installing solar panels

UK to pay public for generating green energy - but will it be enough?

Ecologist

1st February, 2010

Campaign groups believe the payments will be too low to encourage significant numbers of people to install small scale renewable energy in their homes and communities more...
Guardian Environment Network

Europe unites to build renewable energy 'supergrid'

Alok Jha

4th January, 2010

Europe's first electricity grid dedicated to renewable power will become a political reality this month, as nine countries formally draw up plans to link their clean energy projects around the North Sea more...
Energy-saving monitor

Local libraries lending out free energy monitors

Ecologist

11th December, 2009

Public can borrow electricity monitors for up to 3 weeks in schemes under way throughout the UK more...
Workmen install a solar panel on a roof

Feed-in tariffs in danger of being watered down

Ecologist

30th November, 2009

Campaigners say the Government is underestimating the potential of small-scale renewable electricity generation in the UK more...
'The Dawn Commute' by Jonathon LittleJohn

Campaigning for cheaper solar power

Stephanie Wallis

29th July, 2009

Feed-in Tariffs for renewables are what the UK needs to make home-grown energy more attractive. We look at what the 'We Support Solar' coalition is doing to bring about a change, and take a look at the group's new photography competition...
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A cow having a pee

The power of wee: urine could be green energy

Ecologist

16th September

Urine could be used to generate electricity and as a free alternative to mineral fertilisers more...

First island power grid being used in Wales

Ecologist

9th September, 2009

Renewable energy created on-site can now be used instead of being exported to the national grid more...
Greenpeace say nuclear is a distraction to the the real solutions

UK urged to triple nuclear power

Ecologist

5th August, 2009

Former Minister's call to triple the contribution of nuclear power in UK dismissed as scare tactics more...
Offshore wind turbines

New offshore wind farms could power every UK home

Eifion Rees

26th June, 2009

The findings of a strategic environmental assessment open the way for an increase in the number of offshore wind farms, which could produce enough energy to power every household in the UK more...
An old electricity meter

Government pledges smart meters for all by 2020

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

As the Government commits to a high-tech revolution in the home - meters that can be read remotely and may help alter energy habits - questions are raised about data security... and whether any of us will be interested more...
In the News

New green electricity projects to be trialed in the UK

Ecologist

1st March, 2009

The problem with renewable energy is not that there isn’t enough, it’s how to bring that power to where it’s needed, when it’s needed. more...
In the News

France's electricity grid operator fined for harm to livestock

Ecologist

1st February, 2009

RTE, France's electricity grid operator, pays out to farmers for harming their livestock.

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