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The big blogs of 2013

Last year we counted down a top ten based on views alone. This year, here is a selection of blogs highlighting key moments of the past year. January District energy: the quiet revolution? Bringing energy sources closer to home is something that is coming onto many people’s radar, whether they’re...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 23/12/2013 - 08:45

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Green investment goes retail

Retail banking and investment are offering slim returns – so the regular Joes and Josephines of the high street are putting their cash into renewable energy. So says renewables investment platform Trillion Fund. Rebecca O’Connor from the Fund does present some compelling evidence of recent gains: "...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 16/12/2013 - 08:45

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Support for green groups raises energy questions

Environmental groups have moved out of the fringes to the centre of UK thinking. That’s the implication of a new report which shows that one in ten of us are in some way involved with a green organisation. Some caveats, however. The news was somewhat less positive for those in the energy and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 11/12/2013 - 08:46

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The direct route to reusing waste heat

As the need to be able to heat our homes affordably becomes ever more pressing, more creative ways of acquiring the energy needed are demanded. District energy schemes are on the rise to fill this role – and one of the most eye-catching recent development on this theme was last week’s news that...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 22/11/2013 - 08:45

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Making a place for independent energy

Meeting the energy demands of the future is going to require action on a number of fronts. Between the large energy infrastructure projects that seem forever in the news and the behaviour change that needs to happen behind closed doors, there’s a big role for community energy to play. But there are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/10/2013 - 08:45

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Building capacity - an energy storage future starts now

The energy grid of the future will look very different. Aside from the projected changes in how energy will be generated, there’s the issue of storage to consider. This is not just for technologies like solar PV, with its attendant ability to generate during daylight hours, but also to manage and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 18/10/2013 - 08:45

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IPCC climate change report: what it means to you

The world is warming and the human race is to blame. This is not ground breaking news to some, but it is the ultimate message from the world’s leading climate scientists who have been thrashing out the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR5 climate change report, described as the most...

Submitted by Ozge Ibrahim on Fri, 27/09/2013 - 11:52

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City halls showing willing on energy issues

For those worried about climate change and/or rising energy costs and living in a city, never fear – your local council are on it. Research by Newcastle University found that a neat 100 per cent of the urban local authorities in the study had plans in place to boost energy efficiency. Things are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 18/09/2013 - 08:45

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Community energy needs more energy, says report

The UK is falling short when it comes to community energy – so says Green Alliance. With potential to generate 3.5GW, we’re not getting near, according to the think tank. Though there are a couple of thousand community energy projects and around 50 energy cooperatives in the UK, they are calling...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 10/09/2013 - 08:45

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Laying the foundation for energy and water research

Energy Saving Trust Communications Manager, Jack Melling, highlights the success of At home with water, our report which outlines the latest domestic consumer water trends, and reveals what consumers can expect as we move to the next phase of research. Following the launch of At home with water in...

Submitted by Jack Melling on Thu, 22/08/2013 - 09:00

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