December 5th, 2014

Is waste a source of renewable energy?

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by Mike Brown

 

Whenever you look at material produced by the developers and users of energy from waste (EfW) incinerators, you soon come across the phrase “renewable energy”. Vince Cable used the term to describe a new incinerator in Lincolnshire just last week. On the websites of companies such as ViridorSITA, of councils from Glasgow to London, or of the Green Investment Bank, which has stepped in to fund several EfW projects – incineration is consistently referred to in the terms generally reserved for forms of energy such as wind, wave and geothermal.

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September 19th, 2014

Blowin’ in the wind: the role of wind in UK energy policy

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by Chloe Bines

 

This summer has seen record generation from wind energy, with the UK’s wind turbines delivering more energy than our declining coal plants on several days and even managing to outstrip nuclear on 29th August.

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July 18th, 2014

CfD FiTs: CHP-ing away at DECC’s biomass strategy?

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by Adam Baddeley

 

Is the Government’s approach to the use of biomass to meet our power needs in danger of being subverted? The renewable energy sector is a dense thicket of acronyms, denoting the range of subsidies and contracting mechanisms being used to provide support to the various technologies being used to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. In the case of biomass, there appears to be a real risk that both investors and the Government may be uncertain about the overall effect of these complex rules, which risk undermining the policy position that has been settled on.

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April 17th, 2014

Let’s make community energy EIS-y

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by Jonathan Johns

 

Nobody could have mistaken Budget 2014 for the greenest budget ever. A few of the disappointments for those interested in promoting green energy were headline news, but others have taken a little time to emerge. For example, in the Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates document published alongside the budget, paragraph 1.59 stated:

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March 7th, 2014

The Enron of carbon accounting?

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By Matthew Brander

 

The 2001 Enron scandal occurred because the energy company’s financial accounts did not reflect its actual debts and losses.  Eventually its shareholders found out, the bubble burst, and Enron became the biggest bankruptcy in corporate history, taking its auditing firm, Arthur Andersen, down too.

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January 10th, 2014

The shock of the renewable

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by Laurence Elliott

 

The UK’s energy system is currently undergoing a period of permanent change. The European Union’s Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) has spelled doom for a number of fossil fuel power plants. In many parts of Europe, an increase in renewables is already changing the structure of electricity markets with profound implications for how we manage and transmit power.

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January 7th, 2013

CRC reform lets through a ray of light

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by Jonathan Johns

 

One of the less remarked upon but highly significant changes announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was a simplification of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). While the changes may appeal on the grounds of a claimed £272m reduction in compliance and reporting costs, they do nothing to stimulate renewed interest in on-site renewable energy generation by businesses, and need urgent revision if they are not to act as a disincentive.

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