Planning Rules Change for Small -Scale Renewables

November 19, 2009

community wind turbine

Should people need planning consent for small scale renewable energy? This is a question the UK government has been contemplating for several years.

In 2008, the Town and Country Planning Order was amended to grant permitted development rights to domestic properties for solar panels, ground source heat pumps and water source heat pumps, but not to wind turbines and air source heat pumps.

A new consultation was kicked off yesterday on Government proposals to introduce permitted development rights for small scale renewable energy and low carbon technologies for both householders and businesses. It is also looking for feedback on permitted development rights and advertisement consent for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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UK Micro – Renewable Energy to Receive Financial Boost

August 19, 2009

solar thermal panels

The UK Government wants people and organisations producing electricity from renewable energy sources to receive higher rates for their home grown electricity.

The UK government has launched a consultation on the prices to be paid to people generating their own electricity from renewable energy. The new fixed rate tariffs, or ‘feed in tariffs’ as they are known in the renewable energy industry are aimed at domestic and micro -renewable energy generators and vary according to the renewable technology.

The Consultation on Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives proposes that tariffs will be paid for 20 years for new projects, except for solar PV which will be paid for 25 years.

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Renewable Energy Investment Thrives

June 3, 2009

wind energy investment

Wind energy, solar and clean technologies brought in $140bn (£86bn) global investment last year according to the United Nations. The figure compared with only $110 bn (£68bn) for gas and coal electricity generation.

New investments were made throughout the globe, notably in developing countries. Wind energy technology was the front runner in 08 – attracting the biggest new worldwide investment of $52bn (£32bn). Solar energy was second favourite with $33.5bn (£21bn) investment. China experienced a $15.6bn (£10m) injection – mostly in wind energy and biomass electricity generation plant.

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Biomass – Carbon Sink or Carbon Sinner?

May 28, 2009

Miscanthus for Biomass

A report carried out for the UK Environment Agency last month recommends further interrogation of greenhouse gas emissions created from the use of biomass to generate electricity.

The research carried out by AEA found that although green house gas emissions from energy generated using biomass crops is generally less than from fossil fuels, this is not always the case. Burning straw for example can produce over 35% more than a combined cycle gas turbine power station.

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Biomass News

April 7, 2009

Straw Bale

New Energy finance today reported that during the week beginning 31 March and ending 6 April, the best energy performer in terms of share prices was the biofuels and biomass sector with NYSE-listed Chinese biodiesel producer Gushan Environmental Energy enjoying rising share prices of 49% as it commissioned the expansion phase of a biodiesel plant in Beijing, which will double its annual capacity.

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