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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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Energy efficiency - maximising the gains

Friday’s blog asked if we are becoming an enlightened public of energy efficiency experts, finding the answer is a bit of yes and no. Focusing even more intensely on energy efficiency would make a big difference, both to the bills and carbon emissions of households and businesses, but also to the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 23/07/2014 - 08:45

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Renewables could lead in stabilising energy supplies in Europe

Recent unrest in Eastern Europe has shaken the confidence of the world’s rich and powerful nations – particularly where energy is concerned. Securing energy supplies and the pressing need to increase the prevalence of low-carbon options is also a global issue, making it a key focus of the latest...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 28/05/2014 - 08:45

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How to boost a nation’s energy capacity

In the last few decades, there have been many ambassadors for energy efficiency, including ourselves. But it’s fair to say that there hasn’t been an entire nation emblematic of the impact of widespread energy efficiency measures – until now. Japan has managed to replace half of its nuclear capacity...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 25/04/2014 - 08:45

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Personalising energy and climate change

The new IPCC report has, for the first time, unequivocally linked climate change with food shortages and human conflict. Add tensions in Eastern Europe to the mix, energy and its consumption is dominating the headlines and has become the stuff of nightmares on a daunting scale. Political leaders...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 02/04/2014 - 08:45

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Passivhaus boasts impressive results

The BBC’s Inside Out programme recently took a visit to what is the UK’s largest Passivhaus development, near Saffron Walden in rural Essex. This kind of coverage is great news, as it raises the profile of the super energy-efficient building technique that may have a greater up-front cost, but has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 24/02/2014 - 08:45

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Did 'renewable radio' top the ratings?

The story of radio has seen many innovations, from the onset of digital to broadcasting from boats. Last week, Five Live added clean energy’s notch in history, by powering itself using only low-carbon technologies for a day. It was part of the station’s Energy Day last Thursday, which opened with...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 13/09/2013 - 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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Sweden tops sustainability study

Sweden has been named the most sustainable country on earth – at least from the perspective of investors. The relevant news is that while the slant offered in the study by Robecosam does veer towards security of investment, a lot of the factors involved in that are ones we’re interested in too:...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 29/08/2013 - 08:45

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Energy could be catalyst for renewed neighbourhoods

A recent poll suggests we’re all into renewable energy . The study by the universities of Cardiff and Nottingham suggests that 85 per cent of Brits support solar energy, while three quarters back wind. But supporting the idea of these technologies in the abstract is all well and good; what about...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 08:40

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