Is Good Energy Really Good?

May 18, 2009

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UK Electricity Retailer – Good Energy sells itself on the basis that it supplies 100% green energy to its customers and also stimulates the progress of new renewable energy. It’s product is supported by green groups such as Friends of the Earth and the National Consumer Council.

A green energy row has however broken out between Good Energy and competitor Ecotricity. Ecotricity CEO Dale Vince says that Good Energy has been lying about the percentage of ROCs it rips up – or ‘retires’.

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BT Set to Pull Out of Wind Energy

February 16, 2009

BT – a relatively new entrant to the UK wind sector announced today that it may be putting the brakes on its wind energy projects. BT claims that its potential 20-30 wind farm sites in England and Scotland are at risk because the government will not allow double accounting of green benefits.

A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said the problem is due to BT’s plans to profit from the wind energy projects by selling electricity to a different end user but at the same time claiming this sold green electricity also reduces its own CO2 footprint, thereby “having its cake and eating it”.

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How to Install Solar Panels

January 18, 2009

If you are interested in DIY household renewables, check out windysolar’s series of videos describing how he has successfully made his own wind turbine. He has also installed his own solar panels.

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Renewable Energy Myth Busting

November 28, 2008

Guardian writer Chris Goodall set out yesterday to clarify 10 of the classic myths often cited against renewable energy. Many people believe solar power is too expensive to use, wind is not effective and marine energy cannot work.

Chris provides some interesting information, however some of the myths stem from an element of truth about the technologies which have in the past held them back. What is important is that people and companies are being financially driven to overcome the barriers and take these technologies to the next level where they are affordable.

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