You insulate your walls, why not your swimming pool?

An entrepreneur has condemned the inefficiency of the UK’s swimming pools, by claiming his insulation invention could save 786,279 tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere each year- the equivalent of a forest of 86 million trees. Nigel Rose, the inventor of the Thermapool said: “I have developed a system which can be fitted to new […]

Smartest Energy celebrate a decade of going green

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Friends of the Earth threaten Government with legal action

Environmental charity Friends of the Earth have given the UK Government an ultimatum- amend their recent Feed-in Tariff decision or face legal action. The charity has written to Climate Change Minister Greg Barker and given him until Friday 11th November to make changes. The Government has severely cut support for solar and, by April of […]

Government slammed for faltering on green incentives

The UK government isn’t helping microgeneration enough, according to the industry’s representative body. Grace Bennet, Head of Policy at Micropower Policy has said that renewable technologies included in microgeneration, such as small scale wind and solar, are being let down by those in Whitehall through basic legislation failings. Speaking at the Energy Solutions Expo in […]

Oil and Gas legacy can make transition to renewables cheaper

A new report claims that Scotland’s oil and gas knowledge can help reduce the heavy cost of offshore wind by up to 20%. The ‘Guide to Offshore Wind and Oil and Gas Capability’ estimates that over the average life cycle of a generic offshore wind farm the oil and gas sector could deliver £330 million […]

Huhne accuses Big Six of ‘predatory pricing’

Chris Huhne has announced that the Government will crack down on the Big Six putting up energy prices. Speaking at the Liberal Democrats Conference, the Energy Secretary also claimed that Britain’s low carbon economy was strong for our economic recovery. Mr Huhne said: “We are determined to get tough with the big six energy companies […]

Canadian Solar boss blames conventional energy for rise in prices

Bills are becoming more expensive because of fossil fuel use in the emerging economies, rather than the growth of renewables, according to Canadian Solar CEO, Shawn Qu. Mr Qu said: “It is oil and gas because of quick growth of the economies in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). The energy consumption global-wise […]

Welsh biomass plant gets the nod

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has given consent for a biomass power plant in Wales. Anglesey Aluminium Metal Renewables will generate 299MW at Penrhos Works, near Holyhead. The operators expect the biomass plant to produce enough energy to power 300,000 homes. Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy said: “Biomass power stations such […]

Stick to gas for heat, says National Grid

Electrifying heat is not as practical as sticking with older technologies such as gas, according to the National Grid. Speaking to an audience at the Energy Event at the NEC in Birmingham, Marcus Stewart said that the cost and disruption of re-wiring the UK’s network wasn’t worth it. Mr Stewart, Future Distribution Networks Manager at […]

Google report CO2 footprint- bigger than some African nations

Internet heavyweight Google has reported its carbon footprint for 2010 at a whopping 1.46 million metric tons- a figure bigger than countries such as Togo or Laos. Published for the first time ever, the company have defended their emissions by insisting that without efficiency measures the figure might have been twice as big. According to […]