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UK Feed in Tariff [infographic]

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This infographic gives a great visual summary of the story so far, after 3 years of the UK Feed in Tariff scheme. Continue reading

Renewable Heat Premium Payments Increase

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The government has announced this week that the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme will be doubling (in many cases) the amount offered to householders who purchase renewable sources of heat. However, to be eligible, the householder will need to … Continue reading

Select Committee Reveals Verdict on Green Deal

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A new report which has been released this week by the Energy and Climate Change select committee has suggested that the government is taking too long to show evidence of how the Green Deal will improve the energy efficiency of … Continue reading

See the Wood for the Trees – Biomass Explained

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Biomass is a big buzz word in the low carbon heating market right now. Here we aim to give an overview of what biomass is all about, as well as the typical benefits householders can gain from this technology. Continue reading

UK Solar Feed in Tariff Rate Changes July 2013

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Solar Feed in Tariff rates are to change from July 1st. The new solar Feed in Tariff rates will take effect from July 1st and run until the 30th of September. Rates for larger scale installations (over 50 kW) remain unchanged having reduced in the last round. FIT rates for solar installations under 50 kW will see reductions of around 3.5%. Continue reading

FIT Installation Update, January – March 2013

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The first quarter of 2013 saw installations under the Feed in Tariff scheme reach 379,511 and 1,792.32 MW of installed renewable capacity.  Between January and March 2013 there were 21,255 installations and 137.51 MW added under the scheme. Growth in … Continue reading

FIT Data Analysis April 2010 to March 2013

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The Feed in Tariff scheme was introduced on April 1 2010 as a support for small scale renewable electricity generation. The scheme is open to both domestic and business users and covers technologies such as Solar PV, Wind, Hydro, CHP … Continue reading

Impact of Climate Policies on Energy Bills [infographic]

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UK climate and energy policies are helping to reduce our household energy bills. This graffic shows the expected costs from various climate and energy policies, the savings they create and their effects on our average energy bills. Continue reading

How Green Energy Policies Reduce Energy Bills

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Green energy policies do not come without a cost. Recent research from DECC, however, shows the net effect of these policies is to reduce our bills. This is good news given the continued trend of rising energy prices. Continue reading

Introduction to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

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The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) aims to encourage businesses, communities, public bodies and domestic householders to install renewable heat generating technology. The scheme is the first long term financial support programme for renewable heat in the world. We look at the current status of the scheme and how you can benefit from it. Continue reading

10 Quick Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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If the cost of your winter heating bill is making you wince and the thought of your carbon footprint leaves you in dismay, here are 10 quick and easy ways you can make your home more energy efficient, without breaking the bank. Continue reading

Is my home suitable for solar?

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Solar energy is fast becoming a popular choice for households looking to invest some cash and cushion themselves from the regular price hikes we all see in our energy bills. The economic viability of solar technology is in a good place but before you rush out and sign up with the first installer who comes along, it is worth doing a bit of a personal check to see if your home is suitable for solar. Continue reading

Solar Panel Prices – Cheaper Than You Think

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The use of Solar panels as an environmentally friendly source of energy is nothing new. The technology has been with us for a while, yet here in the UK a relatively small number of households have taken up the opportunity … Continue reading

Isle of Wight – an Ecoisland in the making?

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From small acorns mighty oaks do grow. The Isle of Wight has an ambitious plan to make the island self-sufficient in energy by 2020. Called Ecoisland, the project is the brainchild of local entrepreneur David Green. By using a mixture … Continue reading

The UK Feed in Tariff Scheme – An Introduction

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The UK Feed in Tariff Scheme or FITs pays UK energy consumers for the power they produce through renewable technologies. The FIT scheme pays homeowners, schools and businesses for every kWh of green energy they produce. Continue reading

Household Consumption and the Emissions We Generate

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The European Environment Agency has released a report studying “Environmental pressures from European consumption and production”. At 124 pages of “environmentally extended input-output analysis”, it isn’t exactly casual reading for your next beach holiday. They have, however, some quite interesting … Continue reading

UK Solar Feed in Tariff Rate Changes March 2013

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Solar Feed in Tariff rate changes due to come into effect will see a modest decrease in tariff rates for solar installations larger than 50kW. For smaller scale installations the FIT rate remains the same, for now. Continue reading

The UK Energy Industry in 2013

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With energy price hikes announced early in 2013, many consumers have been left wondering what will happen in the UK energy industry during the remainder of the year. While the Department of Energy & Climate Change is set to place … Continue reading

Plastic Bags – Can We Stop Them Killing Our Planet? [infographic]

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One trillion plastic bags are produced worldwide per year with many of them ending up in our oceans and killing the animals that live there. We use 4.3 billion gallons of oil each year to produce the plastic bags that … Continue reading

Just Who is the Green Deal Benefiting?

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Guest author Jenny Jones gives her thoughts on the energy market and specifically the Government’s new Green Deal initiative. Continue reading

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