Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Boris Johnson plans to bolster London's energy independance

    Mr Johnson announces his plans for London to produce 25% of its own power from local sources by 2025

    Boris Johnson outlines plans for the London mayor's office to become the UK's latest independent electricity supplier, officially launching next year. London are the first public authority to receive a electricity licence from regulator Ofgem.

    The scheme, likely to be named Energy for London will initially purchase electricity from small generators owned by public bodies and London boroughs, then plan to sell onto the Metropolitan police, Transport for London etc. However its first call concern is to appoint an operato ...
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  • Conservatives say no more onshore wind farms - If they win the 2015 election

    If a new conservative government takes office, they have promised that local residents will gain new powers that will see off any new wind farm projects within six months.

    The commitment to stop the erection of onshore wind farms is the ever latest hardening of Conservative rhetoric on green energy. Existing subsidized onshore turbines would remain in place, and all turbines currently under construction or which have previously been granted legal permission would still be executed. However Energy Minister, Michael Fallon has said that no more onshore wind turbines would be put in place beyond 2020, which at this point is expected to be double the current wind sectors capacity.< ...
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  • Faulty energy meters: SSE admits 16,000 households may have been overcharged

    A faulty batch of electricity meters has meant that up to 16,000 households may have overpaid during recent power cuts. As the SSE made a statement that the faulty units would incorrectly flick back an hour.

    They claimed that 'Economy 10' tariff customers. A tariff which aims to charge cheaper rates for off-peak power use may have paid too much because the meters were incorrectly set. Which consequently could have resulted in many customers trying to schedule their energy for off peak times, but still however collecting charges at the peak rate, currently 74% higher. Economy tariffs have plummeted in popularity recently as more advanced  Read more ...

  • But Where Does Our Energy Come From?

    Many UK home owners today expect energy access via a flick of a switch. It keeps our fridges cold. lights illuminated and homes warm. Yet rarely do we ask the questions how does it reach us? where does it come from? and why is it becoming so expensive?

    Our domestic power Comes from two main sources - electricity making up 23% of usage and gas makes up of 68%. The remaining 9% of domestic power is made up from sources such as housecoal and woodburners. The reduction of coal consumption as a main base of power consumption has taken a massive twist over recent decades. in the 1970's 39% of household power came from coal now that stands at a measly 1%. Our consumption ...
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  • British Airways announces green fuel plant in Essex

    BA have committed to purchase 50,000 tonnes of jet fuel produced from converted waste as part of the GreenSky project.

    A much delayed project named GreenSky has been granted full approval to supply British Airways with jet fuel converted from landfill waste. The project has leaped a step closer after It was announced a location had been found for the GreenSky fuel plant in Thurrock, Essex. The project will see British Airways commit to purchase all 50,000 tonnes of jet fuel produced at the processing facility over the next 11 years. The plant is to be built by 2017 on the former site of Coryton oil refinery, cre ...
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  • UK's Largest Solar Energy Farm Given The Go-ahed

    A solar energy farm based in Lincolnshire equivalent to the size of  210 football pitches has been given the go-ahead.

    It is believed to be the largest within the UK and furthermore is expected to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes. Planning permission was granted for over 196,000 panels to be erected at the old RAF base in Faldingworth, Lincoln. The RAF Faldingworth base was used during and after the Second World War by number 300 Squadron. The site was not covered by any international or national designations relating to the conservation and importance.

    Greg Barker the energy minister announced that the focus is to move away from large scale solar en ...
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