Climate Change Policy – the Curate’s Egg

The UK Treasury does not attach enough importance to climate change issues. Joan Walley, a labour MP has argued that by the Chancellor making statements that emissions will not be cut at the expense of British business the Treasury is undermining investor confidence in low carbon industries. Greg Barker talks about the need to review the system to ensure that we are not simply shipping emissions abroad and Mr Cameron wanted this government to be the greenest ever. These statements show the current muddle of British climate change policy. Continue reading

The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s new Heath Robinson machine

There are simple ways of doing things and complicated ways of doing the same thing. Some people prefer the complicated solution. If we look at hospitals and their own carbon footprints in the atmosphere we will find that the Department of Health in the UK runs a scheme to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from hospitals. There is an easy and a difficult way of doing this and it seems the Royal Berkshire Hospital has in their wisdom chosen the difficult and complicated and expensive route, instead of doing what is simple and cheaper. Continue reading

Aberdeen Plans to reduce Council Tax as a Renewable Energy Incentive

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. Continue reading

Photovoltaic versus Solar Thermal – Energy Production

Sometimes politicians forget the plot. The plot is climate change. The only point of solar panels is to produce carbon emission free energy, but now in many countries the point seems to be simply having solar panels themselves. I should add that there are two types of solar panels but the government are subsidising the wrong type. Continue reading

Mis selling Photovoltaic Solar

Regular readers will know that I am one who believes that rapid climate change is a great danger to humanity, and that rapid climate change is created by the actions of humanity. They will also know that I am in favour of clean renewable energy, but not all renewable energy is clean and not all renewable energy does what it says on the tin. Continue reading

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Solar – some inaccurate stuff about solar

On 26th June the Mail on Sunday published an article in its “Live” supplement about solar, both the electricity generating kind and the thermal heat producing kind. It claimed to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about solar roof tiles and unfortunately not only failed miserably in its claim but was full of errors, so perhaps a better title would be “ Some inaccurate stuff about solar”. Continue reading

Photovoltaic feed in tariffs

Throughout the developed world there are incentives for installing solar photovoltaic panels, which produce electricity in daylight hours. Almost all the incentives are “feed in tariffs”. The installation is usually hooked to the grid and the electricity fed in to the grid. Mostly the gird users do use the electricity but photovoltaic panels do not produce electricity at night nor can they cope with peaks and troughs of demand. Like all renewable energy PV is not perfect and we have all got to get used to this imperfection. Continue reading