UK community energy scene exploding with creativity

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Press headlines scream on an almost daily basis the UK’s opposition to solar farms and wind turbines, but on the ground, “there is a huge amount of creativity and engagement” surrounding renewables, says Friends of the Earth campaigner Alasdair Cameron – no relation to the UK Prime Minister. This is particularly true of community energy, and even his namesake David may be more supportive than he lets on, with his government this week announcing a £10 million (€12.6 million) scheme to support community renewables projects.

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November 14, 2014   Comments Off on UK community energy scene exploding with creativity

The right answer to alarming climate science: 100 % renewable energy

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Back in the 1970s dedicated and resourceful Danes made a choice to take control of their energy, turning their backs on nuclear and embracing a renewable energy by building their own wind turbines. It started a true revolution. Now the country is on its way to power all it’s heat and power with 100% renewable energy in just 20 years from now – and transport too by 2050.

This week, the city of Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, plays host to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as it finalises its 5th Assessment Report, AR5. Earlier in the year the solutions part of the report already showed that renewable energies are bigger and cheaper than ever and ready to start replacing fossil fuels.

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October 29, 2014   Comments Off on The right answer to alarming climate science: 100 % renewable energy

David beats Goliath with solar panels

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When Joe Nixon moved with his young family to a small sleepy village in the south-east of England two years ago, little did he know that he was about to be caught up in an energy revolution. Last summer, energy company Cuadrilla came to the village of Balcombe to drill for oil and gas. Protestors from far and wide gathered to show their dissent and the village found itself increasingly divided. So the village did what villages do best: it held a public meeting and decided to turn the negative energy into positive energy. The aim? To build enough community-owned solar power to match the electricity needs of every home in the village.

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October 29, 2014   1 Comment