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Archive for September, 2010

Alex Salmond Talks up Scotland’s Green Energy Ambitions

Addressing the conference, Mr Salmond argued energy efficiency and conservation are key factors that are currently shaping the future of mankind. In reference to offshore wind and marine energy opportunities, Mr Salmond claimed the world had encountered a “pivotal turning point in human history”. Flexing his ability to sell a vision, Mr Salmond likened such […]

SEDBUK Banding Dropped in Changes to Building Regulations

As of the 1st October 2010, Part L of the Building Regulations is set to change in a bid to improve the energy efficiency of new homes in the UK. Over recent years, considerable attention has been paid to the efficiency of central heating boilers in order to meet the Government’s carbon emission targets. Schemes […]

Baxi Ecogen boiler now available with British Gas

British Gas has added the Baxi Ecogen Micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power) to its range of boilers to maintain the UK’s leading gas and electricity supplier’s investment into new green technologies. The energy supplier has recently added a solar pv and solar water heating panel package to its vast array of offers, and now it […]

Enforced Chinese Blackouts: Environmental Necessity or Political Spin?

Such is the importance of a healthy and stable global environment, measures to improve energy efficiency are being implemented by governments throughout the world – or, at least, such measures can be implied by national and international energy efficiency targets. In the UK, wind turbines, solar panels, biomass boilers and geothermal heat pumps have grown […]

E.ON Officially Unveils its Third Offshore Wind Farm

Located in the Solway Firth, Robin Rigg, the 180MW 60-turbine offshore wind farm, was officially opened on Wednesday after generating power for the first time earlier this year. The Robin Rigg wind farm – E.ON’s third offshore plant after Blyth and Scroby Sands – is now in full operation. According to E.ON, the Robin Rigg […]

19th Century Eco-Home Opens its Doors to the Public

As far as award-winning environmentally friendly homes go, a 200-year-old listed building in Llanidloes, Powys, is a seemingly unlikely candidate; nevertheless, Andy Warren’s 19th century property serves as an excellent example of how even the oldest of homes can be refurbished with nature – and fuel savings – in mind. Forming part of the ‘Old […]

Could Scotland become the World’s First ‘Hydro-Economy’?

Scotland’s first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Alex Salmond, has informed the Scottish Parliament that he aims to confer new powers on the state-owned utility Scottish Water in a bid to turn Scotland into “the world’s first hydro-economy”. It is thought the new powers would enable Scottish Water to develop an […]

Marks & Spencer joins solar bandwagon

Marks & Spencer has become the most recent big-name firm to launch a range of Solar PV and Solar Thermal water heating panels. The high-street giant has become one of the first retailers to offer solar energy packages as the clothing and food seller looks to take advantage of the Feed-in Tariffs. Marks & Spencer […]

Friends of the Earth Warns on Biofuels ‘Land Grab’

In its recent report entitled ‘Africa: Up for Grabs’, Friends of the Earth has called on European Union countries to drop their biofuels targets amid fears that heavy investment in the sector could plunge many more Africans into hunger and poverty. Furthermore, the charity warns that increasing use of biofuels, which are widely regarded as […]