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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...
At the heart of the US oil industry, 'solar sunflowers' just off the I-35 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jim Hutchison via Flickr.

California and Texas are mainstreaming renewable energy

Mike G / DeSmogBlog

20th July 2014

California and Texas continue to break new ground in making electricity generation from renewable sources, writes Mike G. Solar PV in particular has become a vital part of the US' energy mix, accounting for half of new generation capacity. 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...
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...
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...
A sunrise industry: wind turbines in Texas. Photo: Chrishna via Flickr.com.

Wind power booms in oil-rich Texas

Ian Partridge

13th April 2014

One evening in March, wind delivered over 10,000 MW of electricity to Texas's power grid, almost 30% of total demand, reports Ian Partridge, and another 18,500 MW of capacity is under construction. So just why is Texas going so big on wind? more...
Aerial picture of Horns offshore wind farm in Denmark. Photo: Vattenfall via Flickr.com.

Offshore wind could calm hurricanes

Tim Radford

11th March 2014

US scientists say that very large wind farms could not only withstand a hurricane: they would also weaken it and so protect coastal communities. As Tim Radford reports, wind farms could just have saved New Orleans ... 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...
Offshore wind on the rocks? Photo: Chris Lishman / Shutterstock.com.

Offshore wind is too expensive!

Jim Platts

7th December 2013

Prices paid in the UK to solar and wind generators will change to favour offshore wind at the expense of the others. Jim Platt warns that the policy is doomed to failure - offshore wind is just too expensive, and likely to remain so. more...
Golden eagles were among the birds killed by Duke's wind turbines.

Wind turbine bird deaths - company pays $1m fine

Eco-Watch

29th November 2013

A major US wind energy company is fined $1 million in the country's first-ever settlement over bird deaths caused by wind turbines, after 149 protected birds were killed. more...

UK's largest nature conservation charity objects to wind farm application

Andrea Gear

October 29th, 2013

The RSPB's reaction to a wind farm application in Scotland's Flow Country demonstrates that supporting green energy is not always so straightforward ... more...
Offshore wind farm

Cameron's plan to cut green levies will cost us all

Jane Fae

28 October 2013

The truth is that 'green costs' are an investment that benefit all of us. Yet, to capitalise on that investment will take long-term vision, commitment, and a willingness to make and explain hard decisions. more...

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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...

National Trust "open" to fracking on its land

Oliver Tickell

24th October 2013

"We all have yet to see what the surface environmental impact of fracking is and when we have seen it, then we would reach a view about it." more...

Oklahoma goes for Wind

Oliver Tickell

22nd October 2013

"Extraordinary pricing opportunities will lower utility costs by an estimated $53 million in the first year and even more thereafter." more...

The winds of change

Thembi Mutch

11th October 2013

From Shetland, Thembi Mutch reports on how the close knit community of the island are responding to the possibility of a huge wind farm (currently going through judicial review) changing their landscape forever..... more...

Frontline Online: Who's planning to become the planet's greenest country?

January 13th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

In her new weekly column, the Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on the stories that show standing up for what we believe in can and does make a real difference. more...
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Drumlin Wind Energy

Individuals, businesses and organisations are being given the chance to invest between £250 and £20,000 in Northern Ireland's first community-owned wind energy co-operative.




Tel: 01229 821028
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Email: info@drumlin.coop

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Behind The Headlines

by Bibi van der Zee

November 2nd, 2012

After yet another week in which our national politics bore rather more resemblance to a slow-motion car crash than one would really like, Bibi van der Zee decides to get to the bottom of things. 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...

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...
How to... save energy without breaking the bank

How to... save energy without breaking the bank

Ruth Styles

16th May, 2012

There’s more to an energy efficient home than good insulation; everything from radiators to windows can play their part. Ruth Styles explains how to make your home a greener place to be more...
Scotland's Climate Justice Fund

Climate justice: Scotland pioneers new fund to help poor countries with adaptation

Chris Hegarty

13th March, 2012

After leading the way on climate legislation with the 2009 Climate Change Act, the Scottish government are now putting their money where their mouth is with the creation of the Climate Justice Fund to pay for developing country adaption projects more...
Pylon

Are the 'big six' energy companies blocking renewables in the UK?

Kara Moses

1st March, 2012

Just six energy companies EDF, E.ON, Centrica, SSE, Scottish Power and npower control 99 per cent of our domestic energy market but show only minor interest in renewables more...
Scroby Sands offshore wind farm in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Wind turbines: the future of renewable energy or a blight on UK countryside?

Bethany Hubbard

24th February 2012

The wind farms debate rages on as the need for renewable energy grows. But is the UK in danger of putting aesthetics before the need to cut carbon emissions and adopt greener technologies? more...

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