Environmental Trade Wars

The European Union and China are in dispute about photo-voltaic panels made in China and sold in the EU. The EU complains that the panels, which produce electricity during daylight, are being dumped ion the European market, being sold at prices that are significantly below cost and proposes to impose a duty of 47% on imported panels from China. China protests its innocence to the dumping charge and claims that any duty would hurt consumers. Continue reading

The Rationale for Green Policies

It seems that many people are blaming green policies for high energy costs and all our present economic woes. Green policies seem to be a convenient scapegoat. However there are good reasons why green policies should be continued, but I write those words on the basis that not all policies that pretend to be “green” are in fact useful or helpful for environmental protection. Continue reading

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

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