Posted on May 21, 2010 by Robert Kyriakides
The new Conservative Liberal Democrat Coalition has now published their environmental policies and they make interesting reading. The policy is in terms of its environmental friendliness better than the policies of the three major political parties; here compromise has led to improvement.
I can analyse the policies into four groups, the small, the large, the middling and the uncertain. I do not use these terms in a derogatory sense, (more…)
Filed under: carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, carbon trading, climate change, Coal | Tagged: ccs, Governments Coalition environment policy, smart grid, smart meters | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 2, 2009 by Robert Kyriakides
I have lots of people who visit my blog every day. I work on the assumption that readers are interested in ideas for the environment and the other matters about which I write my essays. I try not to descend into personal matters but from time to time a personal experience can provide some insight into something very important to millions of people. Today I shall write about an experience with British Gas that sent some alarm bells ringing not just for me but perhaps also for millions of their customers. (more…)
Filed under: climate change, energy, gas, global warming, natural gas | Tagged: British gas, gas charges, smart meters, stupid meters | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 1, 2009 by Robert Kyriakides
I do not often agree with the Energy Savings Trust, which I think tends to serve as an organisation that gets more public funding than it merits, having regard to its results, but When Phillp Sellwod, Chief Executive of the Energy Savings Trust recently criticised the Government he and I were singing off the same hymn sheet. (more…)
Filed under: carbon emissions, climate change, energy, global warming, propaganda | Tagged: climate change act, energy efficiency, energy policy, Energy Savings Trust, smart meters, Stern Report, zero carbon homes | 3 Comments »
Posted on October 14, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
The recent cabinet reshuffle may help solve a problem that has been affecting all energy consumers for some years. I have already written about the quasi monopoly of the fossil fuel based energy companies and how I think that this works against the public interest. Strong regulation would help avoid the worst excesses of monopolies but unfortunately I regard the energy companies as frequently out smarting the regulator, which is what you would expect given the unequal resources available to the energy companies on the one hand and the regulator on the other hand. (more…)
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Posted on September 8, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
Fuel poverty numbers are rising. If you spend more than 10% of your income on gas, electricity or heating oil the you are officially classed as being in fuel poverty. The Government imposed an obligation on itself to abolish fuel poverty. In 1996 there were 6.5 million households in fuel poverty. Those numbers declined to about 2 million in 2003 and 2004, due to two main reasons; first and foremost energy prices declined over that period while incomes marginally rose in real terms. Secondly, the government committed tax payers’ funds to measures to alleviate fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is now on the rise with nearly six million households threatened with falling into fuel poverty by the end of next year, despite all the measures that have been introduced. (more…)
Filed under: carbon emissions, climate change, electricity, energy, fuel, fuel poverty, gas, global warming, heat, natural gas, oil, pollution, power | Tagged: average home's gas and electricty bill, carbon footprint of homes, energy servivce companies, insulation, polluters pay, room temperatures, smart meters, soalr heating support | 5 Comments »
Posted on February 26, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
When I wrote about smart meters yesterday I published my post before the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) had announced the result of a 32 month enquiry into the National Grid’s practices in relation to smart meters. National grid have been fined £41.6 million. Ofgem, as a regulator, has a duty to ensure that a business with a dominant market position does not abuse it. (more…)
Filed under: carbon emissions, climate change, electricity, energy, gas, heat, microgeneration, natural gas, power | Tagged: distribution network, electrcity network, fraemworks, gas network, meters, monopolies, national grid, ofgem, Phase 2 Low Carbon Building Programme, smart meters, Steve Holliday | 2 Comments »
Posted on February 25, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
I first learned about “smart” metering when I heard Joanne Carr talk about them at National Energy Action, the fuel poverty charity. “Smart” meters replace the somewhat uninformative boxes which show our electricity and gas consumption in units and kilowatt hours. Most people only look at their meters when they want to get a reading for a gas or electricity bill, or when they want to dispute an estimated reading.
I have already provided an explanation of how to read your meter and how to query your energy bill. Many people think that if we knew better what each appliance, light, or heat creating device actually costs us we would be more careful in using energy.
I am sure that it true; knowledge is strength. (more…)
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