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Budget 2014: Has The Government Abandoned Green Business?

Has Budget 2014 seen the government continue the abandonment of its green credentials and bow to the simplistic message pushed by polluting industries? Probably the key budget announcement affecting green business was a freezing of the carbon price floor. The carbon … Continue reading

UK Drops in Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index

The recent release of the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) by global consultancy EY has seen the UK drop one from 4th to 5th. Continue reading

Northern Ireland ROCs – Tariff Rates 2014

The NIRO allows businesses and householders to generate their own electricity and receive payments via Renewables Obligation Certificates. Continue reading

New Report: Greening the Economy Can and Must Underpin UK Recovery

A new report from the University College London Green Economic Policy Commission today outlines how a green economic strategy can strengthen the UK economy. Continue reading

VIDEO: Watch Years of Decline in Older Arctic Sea Ice

This video from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a progressive and worrying decline in older, more established ice in the Arctic. Continue reading

Heat Pump Guides

Ground and air source heat pumps are increasingly popular options throughout the UK. They allow homes and businesses to reduce the cost of heating bills and reduce emissions. We’ve recently updated our guides section with guides on both Ground Source … Continue reading

New 2014 Feed in Tariff Rates Announced for Non Solar Technologies

January 31st, saw Ofgem publish new 2014 Feed in Tariff rates for non solar PV technologies including wind, hydro, CHP and anaerobic digestion. Continue reading

Solar Feed in Tariff Changes, April 2014

Ofgem has announced changes to the solar pv Feed in Tariff rates for the second quarter of 2014. The new rates will take effect from April 1st 2014 and have been adjusted by the annual RPI rate of 2.7 percent. Continue reading

Green Deal: Control Your Heating

Once you have done all you can to improve the efficiency of your home through insulation and heat loss reduction, you can start to think about the way you are heating your home. A homes heating bill is typically the … Continue reading

Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) – FIT in Northern Ireland

If you live or run a business in Northern Ireland, you might be wondering whether you can get involved in the Feed in Tariff (FIT) scheme and what other incentives are available. Continue reading

Green Deal: Insulation and Draft Proofing

Before you start thinking about renewable energy, it is important to make your home as efficient as possible. This means making it as draught proof and as well insulated as you can. Continue reading

UK Renewable Electricity Generation Grows Nearly Fourfold in Decade

From 2002 to 2012, UK electricity generated from renewable sources has grown nearly fourfold with that growth accelerating in the last 2 years. Continue reading

How to Get The Green Deal: Step by Step

A step by step guide on how to get the Green Deal and what is involved. Starting with your Green Deal Assessment, it helps to understand the process you’ll go through to avail of a Green Deal loan or cashback. Continue reading

What Are These Green Levies? And What Are Their Impact On Your Energy Bills?

Energy prices seem never to be out of the news these last few weeks and there is a lot of talk about “green levies”. So, what environmental costs are part of our bills and what are their effects? Continue reading

Solar Feed in Tariff Changes, January 2014

The government has announced new Feed in Tariff rates to apply for solar PV installations from January 1st 2014. This round sees little change for smaller scale installations typical of the domestic market. The bands for installations above 50kW see reductions of 3.5%. Continue reading

Energy Prices Are Freezing [cartoon]

It turns out that energy prices are freezing. In more ways than one. Continue reading

FIT Installation Update, July – September 2013

September 2013 saw installations under the UK Feed in Tariff scheme reach 421,963 and a total installed capacity of 2,088.62 MW. The third quarter of 2013 had 25,959 installations accounting for 171.16 MW of added renewable energy generation capacity. Continue reading

Introduction to the Green Deal

The UK’s Green Deal programme is the first of its kind in the world. The scheme offers households a way to improve the efficiency of their property, reduce their carbon footprint and future proof their home, all without any capital … Continue reading

UK Government Reveals Solar PV Roadmap

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have released the detail of their UK Solar PV Strategy document. Describing it as a Roadmap to a Brighter Future, Greg Baker, the minister for the department, revealed the document at the … Continue reading

Alternate Efficient Technologies to Heat Your Home

Most homes in the UK have some version of central heating. If you are looking to replace all or part of this system in the near future, it is important to consider all the options to ensure you invest in an efficient heating system both for now and for the future. Continue reading

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