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Market failures and barriers in the energy sector

Posted by Zoe Bodinetz on 13 December 2019 at 11:38 am

Market failures and barriers in the energy sector

What are they and how can they be overcome? Why do we continue to live in houses that are energy inefficient even though it loses us money through high energy bills? Why do fossil fuels continue to be the cheapest option even though we know the dangers of using them? Why don’t mor…

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Driving environmental change around the world

Posted by Alison Vickers on 6 December 2019 at 9:37 am

Driving environmental change around the world

Making a new motor sport series in order to ‘draw attention to the earth’s environmental challenges’ may not inspire confidence to environmentalists around the world but have the founders of this project answered their critics? Extreme E was conceived in 2018 and is due to b…

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Are green number plates the solution for zero emissions by 2040?

Posted by Finn Goodall on 21 November 2019 at 9:46 am

Are green number plates the solution for zero emissions by 2040?

The UK government has recently announced a consoltation period for Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) to have green number plates. The purpose for this new initiative is to help reach the ‘road to zero’ target, aiming to have all vehicles zero-emission by 2040. The central reason behi…

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Get your home ready for winter with £1000

Posted by Brychan Williams on 8 November 2019 at 9:36 am

Get your home ready for winter with £1000

In Part 1 of this blog series we looked at what energy efficiency improvements you could make to your home with £100. However, if you have a little more money to spend, the energy savings you could make are substantial. So what could you do with £1000 to get the most for your mone…

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Get your home ready for winter with £100

Posted by Brychan Williams on 31 October 2019 at 3:33 pm

Get your home ready for winter with £100

With the clocks going back at the weekend, many of us our now turning our attention to winter. If last year you struggled with the cold or found that your energy bills were too expensive, then hopefully we can assist you in making life a little more comfortable this winter. In Part 1 of this blog…

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ECO 3: the good, the bad and the frustrating

Posted by Alison Vickers on 14 October 2019 at 9:50 am

ECO 3: the good, the bad and the frustrating

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government scheme to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty across Great Britain. It began in 2013 and has had various iterations since then. The current policy began in December 2018 and is known as ECO3. The Department for Business, Energy and I…

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The RE100: what are major companies doing to support the renewable energy transition?

Posted by Gabby Mallett on 8 October 2019 at 10:12 am

The RE100: what are major companies doing to support the renewable energy transition?

The signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 finally marked the beginning of concerted international efforts to address the climate crisis. With progress slowly inching forward at the political level, some major companies have begun making significant commitments to renewable energy.  …

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EKOenergy (the ecolabel for energy) launches in the UK

Posted by Gabby Mallett on 1 October 2019 at 3:17 pm

EKOenergy (the ecolabel for energy) launches in the UK

EKOenergy is a non-profit ecolabel for energy, working to change how we produce and consume energy. In 2013, the initiative was set up with the backing of 45 environmental NGOs in the UK and Europe to provide an easily identifiable mark of quality for energy products. The ecolabel has gained a lo…

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Electric cars charging to affordability

Posted by Martha Worthington on 24 September 2019 at 10:04 am

Electric cars charging to affordability

In the not-so-distant past, ownership of an electric car faced many obstacles: lack of vehicle charge points, an unattainable price tag and similarly priced maintenance costs. But, thanks to some recent developments, owning an electric car is closer than ever to being reality for the average cons…

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Breakthrough for batteries? – Company claims that batteries last up to 25 years

Posted by Brychan Williams on 13 September 2019 at 2:52 pm

Breakthrough for batteries? â“ Company claims that batteries last up to 25 years

The battery developers Aceleron says that it has developed lithium-ion batteries that can be repaired and improved meaning that they could last up to 25 years. Currently, most batteries are thrown away after one component of the battery fails. This is obviously problematic considering how man…

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RHI: things to watch out for

Posted by Brychan Williams on 6 September 2019 at 2:47 pm

RHI: things to watch out for

The Renewable Heat Incentive is a financial incentive scheme that was set up by the UK Government to encourage people to use renewable heat technologies in homes, businesses and local communities. Applicants receive quarterly cash payments over seven years for installing an eligible renewable hea…

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Northern Line set to provide heat for over 1,000 homes in North London

Posted by Brychan Williams on 28 August 2019 at 4:55 pm

Northern Line set to provide heat for over 1,000 homes in North London

If you have travelled via the northern line, especially during the summer; you will realise just how hot it gets. Instead of simply wasting this heat, Transport for London (TfL) have come up with an innovative idea whereby warm air from an unused Northern Line station will be harnessed to sup…

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Moving away from natural gas and embrace renewable energy technologies

Posted by Brychan Williams on 19 August 2019 at 4:55 pm

Moving away from natural gas and embrace renewable energy technologies

Opinion Piece, Part Two Click here to read Part One. I believe that we can significantly reduce our reliance on natural gas by utilising the renewable energy technologies that we already have. Traditionally the problem with renewables has been around intermittency, output and cost. Th…

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Is natural gas a transition fuel?

Posted by Brychan Williams on 13 August 2019 at 10:24 am

Is natural gas a transition fuel?

Opinion Piece, Part One Natural Gas is often branded as a necessary transition fuel; a cleaner alternative to coal and oil. It is commonly asserted that natural gas is needed to plug the output gap that will be left with the phasing out of other fossil fuels. The argument is that we aren&…

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Is hydrogen the answer? The future of heat

Posted by Brychan Williams on 2 August 2019 at 4:52 pm

Is hydrogen the answer? The future of heat

Part two In Part 1 of our blog series we looked at the role that heat pumps could play in the future of UK heating. To view that blog click here. What other options are there available that can replace gas as our main source of heating as we move to a net zero carbon economy? One pote…

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Will heat pumps keep us warm? The future of heat

Posted by Brychan Williams on 26 July 2019 at 4:36 pm

Will heat pumps keep us warm? The future of heat

Part one The Government’s advisor the Committee on Climate Change recommended back in March this year that gas heating should be banned in the UK for new homes as of 2025 to help meet climate change obligations. Currently gas is the primary source of heating for around 85% of UK homes. …

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New tidal record is a sign of big things to come

Posted by Brychan Williams on 16 July 2019 at 3:20 pm

New tidal record is a sign of big things to come

SIMEC Atlantis a sustainable energy generation company says that its MeyGen tidal turbines have now sent 17.5GWh of renewable electricity to the National Grid, surpassing its previous record of 11GWh. The MeyGen scheme which is situated off the Caithness coast in Scotland involves four tidal turb…

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Smart Export Guarantee: what you need to know

Posted by Brychan Williams on 12 July 2019 at 5:24 pm

Smart Export Guarantee: what you need to know

The UK government has designed a ‘Smart Export Guarantee’ system which is set to replace the Feed-In-Tariff (FiT) that has been removed as of April 2019. The FiT essentially guaranteed producers of renewable energy a price per KWh of electricity produced as well as a price for the exc…

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How homeowners can cut more than just repayments with new green mortgages

Posted by Brychan Williams on 2 July 2019 at 3:41 pm

How homeowners can cut more than just repayments with new green mortgages

The UK government yesterday launched a £5m fund for the financial sector to begin developing green mortgages as well as a £10m fund to reduce the costs of retrofitting the UK’s housing stock. The initiative aims to reduce the energy consumption of homeowners by rewarding th…

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A beginner`s guide to community energy

Posted by Brychan Williams on 28 June 2019 at 2:01 pm

A beginner`s guide to community energy

Energy prices are on the rise. It was announced in February by Ofgem that 15m households will see their energy bills increase by more than £100 a year as of April 2019. The reason for this rise according to Ofgem, is due to an increase in wholesale costs of big energy suppliers. This an…

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