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The power to switch: Q&A with Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) , talks exclusively to EST about finding a cheaper energy deal, and why there has never been a better time to switch suppliers. EST: How will the Power to Switch campaign encourage...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Thu, 26/02/2015 - 09:00

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2014: A green policy round-up

2014 may be remembered as the year when international debate on climate targets gave way to what looks like broad agreement . Certainly in Europe, more common ground has been found than ever. The green year in England has not been so turbulent by the standards of the sector, but it has still much...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:20

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Solar v food: the debate goes on

Government ministers have been asserting their aim to turn solar investment away from the ground and towards roofs - accompanied by some criticism of solar farms . Whether these developments are a ‘blot on the landscape’ is more down to personal opinion than anything else, but concerns about land...

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

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A big opportunity to save energy and money

In this guest blog, Energy & Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey introduces Big Energy Saving Week. As the weather turns colder, many of us start to get ready for winter. You might dig out your scarf or check your tyres – but how many of us remember to get our homes ready too. It’s Big Energy...

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Supporting urban energy in Wales

Community renewable energy can have great social benefits. We are involved with a council-backed project in Swansea which aims to install solar PV on social housing and community buildings in two of the city’s most deprived wards. We have conducted a feasibility study and business plan to establish...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 06/10/2014 - 08:45

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More must be done to nudge consumers towards efficient appliances

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and department store John Lewis have just reported the results of a trial around in-store behavioural ‘nudges’ aimed at encouraging the purchase of the most energy efficient washers, dryers and washer-dryers in class. The trial compared stores...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 12/09/2014 - 08:45

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Community energy: Financing the future

The Government’s Community Energy Strategy has proved a success in raising the profile of the need for a more localised vision of energy generation. As with any strategy, though, it’s thrown up some questions with less than simple answers. Inevitably, one of the main focuses is how to finance a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:45

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The potential of water source heat pumps

Renewable heat is in the news more than ever, with energy security issues like the Russia-Ukraine crisis piquing interest in the energy we can generate right here. Even a less talked about technology has got column inches of late – the water-source heat pump. The government is mapping the potential...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 09/04/2014 - 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

12/03/2014

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Hotter homes pose threat to energy reduction

We’re heating our homes to temperatures four degrees higher on average than they were in 1970 –so says a government-commissioned report on the last 40 years of home energy habits. And while pre-household energy use has fallen by 18 per cent, the total amount of energy consumed by all homes is up by...

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

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