Feed In Tariff Subsidies

The court has ruled against the government on the solar subsidies for feed in tariffs under the scheme for electric production by photovoltaic panels. Under the ruling the photovoltaic industry has a respite, rather than a reprieve. The ridiculously high subsidy of 43 p per kWh will now remain in place until March, and if you have your PV system installed after the end of March I think you will “only” get 23p per kWh as a subsidy. Continue reading

Secret Subsidies

I am pleased that environmentalists have complained to the European Commission that the United Kingdom is in effect secretly subsidising nuclear energy. The complainants argue (in my view rightly) that laws that cap liability for nuclear accidents or do not require the nuclear energy producers to clean up after they have made their money from nuclear electricity and a host of other subsidies are contrary to the EU laws which require these subsidies to have been granted state approval before they are implemented. Continue reading

Time to Put on your Thinking Cap, Mr Barker

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. Continue reading

The Quality of Solar Water heating Systems

Genersys’ head of engineering and installation is Chris Flaherty. Chris is an expert in Genersys thermal solar water heating systems and has experience in fitting and supervising systems all over the world, from Santiago in Chile to Amman in Jordan and from the Sahara Desert in Algeria to the very North of Scotland. Continue reading

How to reduce your fuel oil bills

In the United Kingdom this time last year heating oil prices soared as very cold weather set in. Overall the price increase suffered was more than 70% in some cases. Almost all the homes that use fuel oil are off the gas grid network, and for these homes fuel oil is a cheaper heating alternative than electricity. It offers the same flexibility of heat as gas but much more expensive per unit of heat. Continue reading

Scotland’s Emission Reduction Programme

Scotland has one of the most ambitious programs in cutting its greenhouse gas emission in Europe. It plans to reduce its emissions by 42% on 1990 levels by 2020 and so far has managed 25%. Its plans include energy efficiency, planting more trees to sequestrate carbon dioxide, insisting on action to reduce emissions from vehicles and perhaps most importantly ensuring that homes are well insulated and have some form of microgeneration, like solar water heating. Continue reading

Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On

The United Nations Climate Change Conference at Durban ended with some self congratulations; “we have made history” claimed Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and she may have been right but perhaps not in the sense that she meant it, which was that the conference had saved “one planet for the future of our children and our grandchildren”. Continue reading