Modern day Gauls lead 100% renewable energy quest

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Brittany has had its fair share of heroes, not least the fearsome duo Asterix and Obelix and their fight against the imperial powers of Rome. Patrick Saultier would be the last person to compare himself to the indomitable pair, but he, with a group of strong-minded modern day Gauls, is leading a twenty-first century quest, not to defeat the Romans, but to defeat out-dated French legislation and to bring renewable energy to les Bretons.

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January 23, 2015   1 Comment

Renewable Cities: the place for energy innovation

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Cities are taking a major leadership position on climate via their actions on local energy. They’re also managing energy demand and powering up wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass for a plethora of other reasons too: economic development, job creation, environmental quality, energy security, and safety. What’s more, there’s a movement afoot in leading cities for 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency, a movement that you can play a role in.

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November 21, 2014   Comments Off on Renewable Cities: the place for energy innovation

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