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Wind farms 'working at just 21% of capacity'Daily Mail | 07 Apr 2011
Britain's wind farms produce far less electricity than their supporters claim - and cannot be relied upon to keep the lights on, says a study from a conservation charity.
Scottish Power won't refund our feed-in tariff lossesGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
To start saving money from solar panels, you must fill in a formLate last year we had electricity-generating solar panels put on our roof. We applied to our supplier, Scottish Power, for the feed-in tariff, but it told us it will only pay us for units generated from when we filled in the form, rather than when the panels were installed. We have lost around £80 as a result. Can they do this?
UK households to save £23 a year by 2020Guardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Cost-saving potential set out in government plan for national roll-out of energy-saving technology. Smart meters, which monitor energy use in real-time, will save households £7.3bn over the next two decades, the government said on Wednesday as it set out its strategy for the roll-out of the energy-saving technology. The roll-out - the most comprehensive yet planned in any country – will require 53m smart meters to be installed in 30m homes and businesses, starting in 2014 and finishing in 2019.
What will Cycling England's successors do?Guardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Critics already fear its successor will be unable to achieve the shift needed toward sustainable transport because it is crippled by the "localisation agenda". The Department for Transport will bring key functions of Cycling England in-house. It says the work can be done better within the...
Letters: Standard batteries key to electric carsGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
Many of us would welcome electric cars which closely match the practicality of those propelled by petrol engines (A new Leaf, 26 March). But the greatest impediment is the lack of international standards on the battery system. The limited milage currently available, coupled with the lengthy...
New device boosts memory storageYahoo! News | 27 Mar 2011
Researchers in Scotland have helped to create a new device which improves memory storage for technology including MP3s smartphones and cameras.
Earth HourGuardian Unlimited | 26 Mar 2011
At 8:30pm on Saturday 26th March 2011, landmarks across the world switch off their lights for one hour in a bid to highlight global climate change.
EU climate chief sees green fuel debate in monthsReuters | 25 Mar 2011
European Union governments may begin talks in the coming months on a proposal to promote greener fuels, potentially black-listing fuels whose production is more polluting, according to Europe's climate chief.
Scottish tidal power station gets approvalGuardian Unlimited | 17 Mar 2011
Underwater power station to generate enough energy for 10,000 Hebridean homes, and some distilleries. The world's first major tidal power station is to be installed in a deep, but sheltered, channel between two Scottish islands, providing electricity for up to 10,000 homes.The array of 10 underwater turbines will be placed between the inner Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura, both well known for their malt whisky.
EU urges efficiency spend to curb fuel costsReuters | 08 Mar 2011
Europe must invest heavily in efficiency to limit spiraling energy costs and beat its own target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
UK energy use fell by 5% in eight yearsGuardian Unlimited | 06 Mar 2011
France's consumption rose by 7% - and in Europe only Denmark and Ireland used less energy per unit of GDP than UK. The UK is one of the top performers in Europe on energy efficiency, according to a European Commission report. Energy use fell by more than 5% from 2000 to 2008 in the UK – the only major European economy to see a drop. Germany's consumption held level, while France's rose 7%. Overall, energy use in the 27 EU countries increased by more than 4%.
Energy efficiency- 'a win for all'Epolitix.com | 01 Mar 2011
Ahead of a Carbon Connect report launch in Parliament, Lord Teverson discusses how government and business can collaborate in promoting energy efficiency.
Is the UK's 'vision' weak?Guardian Unlimited | 28 Feb 2011
The government's plan to put sustainable development 'at the heart of all it does' fails to convince. With little fanfare, and minimal formatting, the UK government has released its plan for "Mainstreaming sustainable development" in government. My instant impression is of lukewarm words and little...
High-speed rail and the environment: 'the north has protesting voices, too'Guardian Unlimited | 28 Feb 2011
HS2's second phase threatens Cannock Chase AONB and narrow green belt between Nottingham and Derby. The blunt arrows of the HS2's northern sections to Leeds and Manchester sound relatively uncontroversial at first hearing, but waymarks such as Barnsley, Stoke and Nottingham are surrounded by...
It's not easy being green... saving energyGuardian Unlimited | 27 Feb 2011
Other than turning down the thermostat and putting on an extra jumper, what can be done to reduce energy? It is no secret that turning the thermostat down by a degree cuts you annual heating bill by 10%. But the advice can be irritating because we know the tips and tricks, and if you're already wearing an extra jumper it's harder to solve the essential problem: much UK housing stock has all the thermal security of a wicker tent.
PortZED, the self-powered apartmentsGuardian Unlimited | 24 Feb 2011
The UK's largest ever off-grid housing development will have a traffic light system prompting residents to keep their energy use low, say developers awaiting planning permission. PortzED is the 67-apartment development dreamed up by Bill Dunster - the architect famous for the BedZed eco-development in Sutton – and it is designed to be entirely self-powered.
Newcastle hopes to tap deep heat with 2000m geothermal probeGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Britain's greenest city has launched a hunt for virtually free hot water more than a mile below its central streets. Drilling has started in Newcastle Upon Tyne on a borehole which hopes to tap inexhaustible supplies of groundwater naturally kept at 80C (176F) by geothermal heat. The project, based...