Domestic Energy

New statistics from trade association, RenewableUK, shed light on the increasingly important role of renewable energy in modern life. Although it is often unclear whether the government supports clean energy, it is nevertheless showing itself as a market player in generating electricity for British homes, offices and factories. Statistics covering the second quarter of 2015, published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that from April to June renewables generated 25.3% of UK electricity. 42% of this came from onshore and offshore wind. Wind generated 10.7% of the country’s needs. So should we be taking renewables more seriously? If statistics are anything to go by, for the first time in a quarterly period, renewables beat coal which generated 20.5%. Let’s take a closer look at the figures because not only that, renewables also outperformed nuclear which provided 21.5%. DECC have commented that this was due to higher wind […]

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In the last few years, there has been a huge focus on the world of renewable energy. As conventional fossil fuel sources begin to dry, the world’s energy is likely to be provided by the sun, wind and rivers or seas in a natural, renewable manner. For a long time, the green energy movement has been based almost solely on research with trial and error. But now with tried and tested methods of producing clean energy, the focus has shifted. Previously, clean energy was expensive in comparison with fossil fuel production, but with improved technology, the use of green energy is becoming cost comparative with fossil fuels. Solar electricity, for example, has a high start cost (purchasing photo-voltaic cells). However, once installed, there are very few costs except maintenance and the panels produce energy constantly, at no cost. Wind capture technology is slightly behind solar technology, as there have been […]

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  As green energy technology grows, both in scientific development and in popularity, windfarms have begun to spring up across the country. However, not everyone is so keen to push this technology. In many quiet, green and spacious areas around the UK, energy consultants have identified perfect spots for the 100m high natural energy capturing devices. In the small town of Redwick, outside of Newport, one such location has been identified, and the local inhabitants are not happy about it. This is a medieval town, with buildings and landmarks that show events and history dating back to the early 17th Century. With two turbines built in 2011 near Newport, and another added in November 2014, the energy capacity these are capable of harnessing, powers more than 800 homes in the area. But the issue the locals are taking exception to, is the changing landscape, view and skyline. This is a […]

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The Scottish national Party has been lobbying Westminster to allow the Scottish Parliament to have some control and visibility in the actions and investigation of the energy regulatory organisation, Ofgem. Whilst Ofgem currently reports and meets with committee members from the UK Parliament, Scottish MP’s do not have any say in how Ofgem plans and executes its investigations and checks. Leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, has said the SNP would take action to help families with rising energy bills, and in order to be able to deliver on these promises, needs far greater visibility on what the energy suppliers and energy exchange markets are doing. The way to achieve this would be to grant them ‘joint oversight’ of Ofgem activities. The timing of the request is being seen as no coincidence. It lines up well with the Labour discussions of energy action and future energy policies. Ed Miliband has […]

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Regulators for the European Union are set to file anti-monopoly charges against Russian energy giant Gazprom. The state controlled behemoth is Russia’s largest energy supplier, and is one of the largest suppliers to European customers. The expected charge is that of overcharging European customers. The EU regulatory board based in Brussels have been conducting an investigation for almost 3 years. The Financial Times have reported that Gazprom’s dominant position in Central and Eastern Europe has meant they can control pricing and not allow fair competition. This includes Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and several other nations. Russia has accused the EU of conducting energy regulatory investigations on political grounds, and these investigations have caused a souring of relationships between the EU and Moscow. EU Anti-Monopoly director Margrethe Vestager has recently being taking a more aggressive approach to bringing control to suppliers in the EU areas. These allegations have surfaced at the same […]

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Energy provision is a key part of the infrastructure of the UK; that being said, many local residents in quiet, leafy areas are concerned about the visibility and ugliness of new energy infrastructure projects. Environmental advocacy group Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) are concerned about the number and location of new electricity pylon lines, and the impact they will have on both visual and environmental issues. National Grid has recently announced the launch of their new ‘T-Pylon’ project. This will be a range of smaller, more pleasantly shaped pylons that are cheaper and quicker to produce. Designed by Danish firm Bystrup these pylons, manufactured in the UK, are undergoing testing and the 6 prototypes that are currently being tested could pave the way for more visually interesting and less abrasive electricity lines. These prototype pylons are also a third lower than their older counter-parts, and so should pacify those […]

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With everyone looking for new ways to help themselves save their money, more and more people are turning to price comparison websites in order to find the very best deals available for everything from clothing to electronics. But did you know that you can also use these very helpful websites to assist you with locating the cheapest gas and electricity prices available? With energy costs constantly on the rise and everyone having to suffer from the spikes in the cost of using their everyday utilities, many people are left wondering if it is possible to find a better deal out there. You can use price comparison websites to help you find the cheapest prices in your region. They offer a quick and simple way for users to locate the cheapest tariffs provided by a number of energy suppliers – including green energy suppliers. Users don’t necessarily have to provide a […]

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