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Redefining the energy company

Energy companies are becoming harder to define as their portfolios broaden. Ovo Energy aims to speed up this change of profile in the UK; offering a new platform for councils, community groups and housing associations to sell energy to local people. The company has suggested that 500 new energy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 21/05/2014 - 08:45

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Scotland cracks on in tackling home energy

Over 58,000 homes in Scotland upgraded their boiler or got insulated under the ECO scheme last year – a higher rate per 1,000 homes than England. While this will no doubt cheer green Scottish nationalists, a caveat is that ECO got a little help from the Scottish Government’s own fuel poverty...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 08/05/2014 - 08:45

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Sports stadiums seek to score high for sustainability

While football generally dominates sport sustainability talk, one example is the progress made at Newcastle United’s ground , there are also many examples from other team sports. Welsh rugby titans The Scarlets have just installed the largest solar array on a sporting facility in the UK, with 1,000...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 02/05/2014 - 08:45

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Green universities, or an educated mess?

Universities are said to be the home of the highest educational standards – but could the same be said for their attitude to energy and climate issues? Well, it appears that the jury’s out. An article in Salon.com recently took a swipe at America’s biggest educational institutes for failing to set...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 07/04/2014 - 08:45

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Hydropower meets history

Low-carbon refurbishment on period buildings is often seen as a difficult task - but one of the oldest surviving working watermills in the UK is showing the rest how it’s done. Heron Corn Mill in Cumbria, which in its current form dates back to 1740, is set to reopen to the public in April...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 28/03/2014 - 08:45

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Future city living in the spotlight

Cash from fossil fuels, conversely, is once again proving a driver for ambitious green projects in the Middle East. A new residential city housing 160,000 in Dubai promises to be totally self-sufficient in energy, transport and resources – something its wealthy backers claim is a world first. It’s...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 17/03/2014 - 08:45

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Tapping community energy enthusiasm

The role of community projects in the UK is no longer being underestimated. The UK Energy Research Council (UKERC) has just published a vision of the UK’s energy grid that projects Britain powered by a network of local energy schemes . It’s not purely theoretical, either - the majority of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:45

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Can a man who can't put up a shelf build a house?

Thousands of Brits flock to Ikea every weekend to buy flat pack furniture. And while on a recent trip to Bavaria, I discovered the Germans do the same - but only after calling in to a retail park to choose their kit-house house first. So with a German coffee in hand – great if you’re not looking to...

Submitted by Julian Roberts on Tue, 25/02/2014 - 09:00

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New funding for green innovators

It’s hard to make a breakthrough in any field – it requires good ideas, good execution, and finance. Of those elements, a limited amount of working capital can be the most likely to frustrate ambitions. This is no different in the field of green technology. With this in mind, here’s a nudge in the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 12/02/2014 - 08:45

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Huge potential for communities to get on the grid

There are few better ways to start the year than in a community-spirited fashion. It's to be hoped the government feels the same, with the publication of DECC's Community Energy Strategy said to be imminent. A ResPublica study from late last year showed that community owned energy in the UK could...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 03/01/2014 - 08:45

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