Posted on August 27, 2012 by Robert Kyriakides
Targets are a hit and miss affair and governmental and international targets more than most. The problem is that once a target is set the underlying reason for the target is forgotten and the target becomes a means in itself. (more…)
Filed under: carbon emissions, climate change, energy, global warming | Tagged: Cassandra, DECC, Defra, education, examinations, grade inflation, Professor Robert Watson, targets, temperature rises, university | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 31, 2012 by Robert Kyriakides
The United Kingdom’s Department of Energy & Climate Change has been pussy-footing around with the Renewable Heat Incentive. there is another short consultation which closes on 23rd April 2012. You can get the web link to the consultation at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/Renewable_ener/incentive/incentive.aspx
I have replied to the consultation on behalf of Genersys Plc. I set out my response below:- (more…)
Filed under: climate change, energy, genersys, global warming, heat, PV, Renewable Heat Incentive, renewables, solar | Tagged: DECC, genersys, greg barker, renewable heat incentive, RHI, solar water heating | 2 Comments »
Posted on March 27, 2012 by Robert Kyriakides
For the past few days theElginrig in theNorth Seahas been leaking methane. As a precaution “non essential” workers have left the rig. Methane clouds have been noted above the rig and gas concentrate six miles long has appeared as a sheen on the sea surface. (more…)
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Posted on January 11, 2012 by Robert Kyriakides
Greg Barker, the United Kingdom’s Minister for Energy has been vigorously defending his government’s decision to cut the subsidy on photovoltaic solar panels which produce electricity. He point out that indexed linked at 43p per kWh for twenty five years the feed in tariff was too good to be true, although actually it was true and it is about time that the government curtailed the excesses of the electricity feed in tariff for an energy source which cannot be stored and which is produced when we do not need electricity, in daylight hours. (more…)
Filed under: carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, climate change, electricity, energy, global warming, PV, Renewable Heat Incentive, renewables, solar, solar energy, solar panels, wind turbines | Tagged: DECC, Department of Energy & Climate Change, feed in tariffs, greg barker | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 30, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
From Monday 28th November 2011 Schools, hospitals, businesses and communities in the United Kingdom have been able to get financial incentives from the Renewable Heat Incentive for installing renewable heat. The Department of Energy and Climate Change have announced the opening in full of this phase of the RHI, and I expect that the thermal solar (or solar water heating) part of the incentive will be particularly attractive and that my company Genersys will be particularly busy with it. Solar thermal is the cleanest form of renewable heat.
A business installing 200Kwh of solar thermal panels will be able to claim 8.5p per kWh for the renewable heat generated. For businesses in particular there are three financial benefits, and for non profits there are just the first two:-
- The 8.5p per kWh is more than most businesses are paying for heat if they use gas, and less than they are paying if they use oil or electricity. The incentive provides an income stream which is produced from the capital cost of the investment over the next 20 years. The 8.5p is linked to inflation so the return is real and predictable in real terms. Coincidentally Genersys solar panels are unconditionally guaranteed for 20 years provided they are properly installed using approved components.
- In addition to the incentive there is of course the fuel savings on the fuel that will no longer be used. This adds another financial incentive.
- If the business installs solar thermal using Genersys panels, it will be able to claim accelerated capital allowances, writing the investment off against profits in the first year, instead of over a number of years. In real terms, if you do the maths, the real rate of return becomes higher because you can moderate the capital expenditure against corporation tax.
The incentive is very good and should make installation of solar water heating for all businesses and non profit organisations virtually a no brainer.
Filed under: climate change, energy, genersys, global warming, heat, Renewable Heat Incentive, solar, solar energy, solar panels | Tagged: DECC, RHI | 3 Comments »
Posted on October 11, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
While Greg Barker, Minister at the department of Energy and Climate Change, struggles to get the Renewable Heat Incentive up and running in a logical and coherent form and struggles to respond to an enquiry from my Member of Parliament Mike Freer about the lack of certainty in the RHI, the Scots seem to be getting on with decarbonising heat and delivering a cleaner more emission from Scotland that puts DECC to shame. In particular the City of Aberdeen has managed, without much fuss and a great deal less angst and much more common sense than that has been displayed by the chaps at DECC. (more…)
Filed under: banking, carbon emissions, climate change, electricity, energy, fuel, gas, genersys, global warming, heat, microgeneration, PV, renewables, solar, solar energy, solar panels, wind turbines | Tagged: A Concise Guide to Energy in the United Kingdom, Bon Accord, City of Aberdeen, Council Tax reductions, DECC, derivatives, financial instruments, greg barker, mike freer, RHI | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 3, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
The thermal solar industry was promised by the government that the Renewable Heat Incentive would come into effect on 30th September 2011. This promise was made around two years ago. Like all incentive schemes the government needs to get approval from the European Commission to the incentive package. It expected approval to be rubber stamped but the European Commission has expressed concerns that part of the non domestic RHI – that relating to biomass – has been given too high incentives by the RHI. Thus with EU approval withheld the whole non domestic RHI is held in abeyance. The government is for some reason unable to bring in the non controversial tariffs like that relating to solar thermal because it means changing the proposed regulations and submitting them to Parliament. (more…)
Filed under: climate change, energy, global warming, heat, Renewable Heat Incentive, renewables | Tagged: and incentive schemes., civil servants, DECC, European Commission, incentive package, incentive scheme, post haste, RHI, State aID FOR rhi | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 1, 2010 by Robert Kyriakides
“The last 10 years have been a lost decade for renewables. Labour’s tragic legacy is that we are 25th out of 27 EU member states on renewables. We have been playing as amateurs when we should have been in the Premiership.”
Mr Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change made this comments in response to a Report by the Committee of Public Accounts which criticised the United Kingdom’s record on Climate Change measures. Mr Huhne simply speaks the truth; in the past decade the United Kingdom’s climate change ambition has not matched its measures. (more…)
Filed under: biomass, carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, climate change, electricity, energy, genersys, heat, Renewable Heat Incentive, renewables | Tagged: Chris Huhne, clean renewables, DECC, dirty renewables, Margaret Hodge, Public Accounts Committee | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 17, 2010 by Robert Kyriakides
Government departments in the United Kingdom now publish “business plans”. The concept of a business plan is one well known to those in business. The complexity of a business plan varies in sophistication and generally speaking the more complex the business the more complex the business plan. (more…)
Filed under: climate change, heat, solar | Tagged: business plan, Chris Huhne, DECC, funding DECC's work, renewable heat incentive | Leave a Comment »