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A common sight in Germany - a solar parking shelter with a generation capacity of approx 0.3MW. Photo: Tim Fuller via Flickr.

Germany's renewable revolution shows the way

Keith Barnham

26th July 2014

How did Germany do it? No, not its World Cup victory - how did Germany engineer Europe's highest penetration of renewable energy, plus fast-dropping electricity prices? Keith Barnham explains - and says the UK could do the same, and better! more...
MP Liz Truss with wind turbine at the Family Action's Escape Allotment in Swaffham. Photo: Matthew Usher / edp24.co.uk/.

Britain's new Environment Secretary is a breath of fresh air

Oliver Tickell

15th July 2014

Britain's new Environment Secretary is young (38), female, blonde, believes in climate change, and has floated imaginative policies to deal with it from a carbon tax to 'personal carbon allowances'. As for badgers ... her silence on the topic promises well. more...
Luke Marion, installer Chris Jardine and Barbara Hammond connect the 140kW scheme's last panel, completing Oxford's biggest solar installation.

Pioneering community renewables in Oxford

Wendy Twist

11th July 2014

A partnership between an Oxford-based social enterprise and the local Council provides a blueprint for financing community energy projects, writes Wendy Twist. And with £2.3 million in the bank, things are really starting to move ... more...
Toyota UK Solar Panel Array at its vehicle plant in Derbyshire. Photo: Toyota UK via Flickr.

Why do Ed and Greg hate solar energy?

Jonathon Porritt

8th July 2014

With the Government wilfully undermining the UK's small but fast-growing solar power sector for the second time, Jonathon Porritt wonders ... why the attacks on what is our second lowest cost source of renewable energy, and getting cheaper all the time? more...
Lambrigg Wind Farm near Kendal in the Lake District, Cumbria, UK. Photo: Steve Oliver via Flickr.

Eric Pickles' war on wind farms could blow UK renewable energy targets

David Elliott

27th June 2014

The UK Government's self-declared war on onshore wind farms will make it very difficult for the UK to meet its EU renewable energy targets, writes David Elliott - especially as it cuts support for solar PV. Is the UK's energy policy being written by UKIP? more...
The solar scheme is planned for Ellough airfield, near this g-kart circuit and next to an industrial estate. Photo: Blue Square Thing via Flickr.

Solar farm go ahead after High Court quashes Pickles's unlawful refusal

The Ecologist

26th June 2014

The High Court has overturned a 'fatally flawed' decision by Eric Pickles MP to refuse planning permission for a locally popular 24MW solar farm on former WW2 airfield in Suffolk, England, close to an industrial estate and go-kart circuit. more...
Otero Agamemnon speaking at the Renewable Energy conference, 2013.

Agamemnon Otero, renewable dynamo

Lucy Anna Scott

23rd June 2014

Repowering London is an energising force - not just making renewable energy projects happen, but engaging communities to finance them, training young people to install them, and ensuring the benefits stay local. Lucy Anna Scott meets the dynamic Agamemnon Otero ... more...
Beware wolves in sheep's clothing! Photo: public domain.

Beware environmental wolves in sheep's clothing!

William Laurance

9th June 2014

What do the Australian Environment Foundation, the Renewable Energy Foundation and the Global Warming Policy Foundation have in common? They are all fiercely anti-environment, writes William Laurance - and we must beware their 'eco-doublespeak'. more...
What house builders will no longer have to do - the 'BedZED' Beddington Zero Carbon Development in south London. Photo: BioRegional via Flickr.

Government caves in to developers on 'zero carbon' homes

Oliver Tickell

4th June 2014

The Government has gutted its 'zero carbon home' standard - builders will be able to 'zero the carbon' through an offsetting scheme - rather than by installing more insulation, or renewable technologies like solar PV or solar water heating. more...
Toyota Solar Panel Array at its vehicle plant in Derbyshire, where Auris Hybrid, Auris and Avensis cars are built. Photo: Toyota UK via Flickr.

Government reforms will 'probably kill stand-alone solar PV in the UK'

Chris Goodall

17th May 2014

By publishing its 'reform' proposals for the support of large scale solar PV in two separate documents on the same day, the Government managed to conceal its true intent from the industry, writes Chris Goodall. The truth is much worse than anyone realised. more...
Bentley Motors rooftop array is the largest of its kind in the UK. But Government policy is restricting the growth of the sector. Photo: DECC via Flickr.com.

Government attacks UK's 'big solar'

The Ecologist

13th May 2014

Not only does the Government hate onshore wind, now it's turning against large scale solar. Its latest 'big idea' is to lock projects above 5MW out of the Renewables Obligation, while keeping tight limits on rooftop schemes. more...
Barton Moss anti-fracking protestors outside Manchester Court, where cases have recently collapsed against five protestors. Photo: Climate James / SalfordStar.com.

The Noble Lords are wrong - fracking is a dead end for Britain

Tony Bosworth

9th May 2014

Large-scale fracking is a must for the UK economy, says a new report from the House of Lords. But it confuses opinion with fact, cherry-picks data, and six of its authors have a stake in the industry. The real solutions, writes Tony Bosworth, lie in energy efficiency and renewables. more...

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Is Cameron's policy to put an end to onshore wind power an illusion? Double rainbow with wind turbines. Photo: Gordon Robertson via Flickr.com.

Cameron's wind policy - designed by Machiavelli?

Alan Whitehead MP

12th May 2014

David Cameron has promised to suspend incentives for onshore wind farms if he is re-elected in 2015, writes Alan Whitehead. But how exactly will he replace the 8GW of planned wind capacity that will not be built? more...
Installation of thermal solar collectors on UK roofs will now be supported by the Renewable Heat Incentive. Photo: Westech Solar UK Ltd.

DECC's triple for renewables

Jonathon Porritt

17th April 2014

With three of Jonathon Porritt's wishes for the UK's energy sector coming true in the space of as many weeks - the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive, a Solar Strategy and a Community Energy Strategy - he finds cause for celebration. more...
Wind turbines can be gorgeous - but not to Mr Pickles. Photo: Nick Ford via Flickr.com.

Pickles appoints himself Lord of the Wind Farms

Rebecca Cooke

17th April 2014

Turbulence lies ahead for the UK's wind energy sector, writes Rebecca Cooke, as key Conservative MPs appear to be launching a hardline attack on onshore wind farms in the run up to the General Election. more...
Howsham Mill - love at first sight in 2003.

The 'green' watermill restoration that's powering 30 homes

Helen Leavey

3rd May 2014

Ten years ago, Mo and Dave fell in love, writes Helen Leavey - with a ruinous but romantic water mill in Yorkshire. It was the beginning of a fabulous restoration adventure, and the mill is now an exemplar of renewable energy generation and a thriving education centre. more...
The radiotoxicity of nuclear waste from  uranium and thorium based fuels compared. Image: Nuclear Engineering International magazine.

Exposing the thorium myth

Jan Beránek

26th March 2014

Nuclear enthusiasts have been singing the praises of nuclear reactors that use thorium as their fuel instead of uranium. Jan Beránek analyses the claims - and finds that thorium is a mere distraction on the way to our renewable future. more...
North Ocean 102 Cable Carousel, laying the UK-Holland interconnector across the North Sea in 2009. Photo: Global Marine Photos via Flickr.com.

Keeping the lights on - time to wake up to the simple solution

Alan Whitehead

11th March 2013

The UK Government is throwing billions at the Hinkley C nuclear plant, reports Alan Whitehead, while neglecting a far quicker and cheaper way to 'keep the lights on' - more under-sea power connectors. more...
Atlantis deploys a 1 MW tidal turbine at European Marine Energy Centre at Orkney, UK. Photo: Green Energy Futures via Flickr.com.

All at sea - the UK's policies for wave and tidal power

Godfrey Boyle

7th March 2014

First the UK made a mess of wind and let Denmark take the prize. And now, writes Godfrey Boyle, the government's prevarication is risking our lead in another key renewable energy sector - marine power. more...
Hinkley Point A (right) twin magnox and Hinkley Point B (left) AGR nuclear power stations in Somerset, across the River Parrott in Burnham. Photo: Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

UK taxpayer will be liable for Hinkley C billions

David Toke

4th March 2014

The EPR nuclear reactor is a busted flush. The two examples under construction in France and Finland are way over time, and budget. If the UK goes ahead with an EPR at Hinkley Point in Somerset, writes David Toke, the taxpayer will pay a huge price ... more...
The Solúcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt

1st March 2014

The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan. more...
Wind turbines near Tow Law, County Durham, UK. Photo: Jonathan Pearson / pearsongraphics via Flickr.com.

Wind turbines - going strong 20 years on

Chris Goodall

3rd January 2014

Anti-wind campaigners claim that wind turbine performance more than halves after 15 years. Chris Goodall analyses the figures and finds that even 20-year old wind turbines in the UK are still going strong ... more...
A solar farm in open countryside near Lostwithiel, Cornwall. Photo: bobchin1941 via Flikr.

Communites decide - fracking or renewables?

Rebecca Cooke

24th December 2013

Over £1 billion could be paid out by frackers to appease local communities in the UK. Yet Rebecca Cooke finds that wind and solar offers local people a better return ... more...
Pylons. Photo: shutterstock.com / tonyz20.

Rubber-toothed energy regulator fails to convince

Alex Stevenson

26th November 2013

Ofgem chief Andrew Wright was grilled in the UK Parliament today by MPs whose constituents are furious with soaring energy bills and ballooning energy company profits. Andrew Stevenson was there ... more...

Ecologist Partners: Triodos Bank

by Lisa Stanley

The UK is at a crossroads at which choices need to be made that will decide where our energy comes from in the future. Recent events are prompting an energy revolution, and many people are now more convinced than ever that a significant part of the UK’s future energy supply has to derive from our own renewable sources. more...

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