The Renewable Heat Incentive

It is just not possible to run a renewable heat business in the United Kingdom.  Government politicians Mr Greg Barker and Mr Ed Davey who are in charge of renewable heat policies simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth when they publish a plan and they certainly cannot be trusted to stick to their announcement. You cannot simply believe anything that the Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes on its website about its plans for the Renewable Heat Incentive. Continue reading

My Response to DECC’s Consultation on the Renewable Heat Incentive

I set out below the questions in the RHI Consultation together with my answers. I have underlined the questions.  Continue reading

The Renewable Heat Incentive and Solar Systems

After more than two years in the design process the United Kingdom Government has announced it Renewable Heat Incentive, covering renewable heat in England, Scotland and Wales. It is very good news for the environment, and exceptionally good news for environmentally minded people who want to save on their heating bills and on their carbon dioxide emissions. I shall explain my understanding of the incentive and how it applies to solar water heating, which is the concern of my company, Genersys. Continue reading

A Green Deal for Home Insulation

The United Kingdom’s coalition government promised to be the greenest ever. A cynic might well argue that such a promise does not mean that the government will be very green; after all it will not take much to surpass the green measures of the last labour government and Mrs Thatcher still remains the person who did the most for the green cause by reducing the mount of coal burning, although I doubt if the environment was in her mind when she led the country in a dispute with the coal miners. Continue reading

Using clean renewables, dirty renewables or partly renewable technologies for renewable heat

The United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change seem to need consultants to provide fundamental advice. That is fair enough, providing that they use consultants with genuine expertise. Unfortunately the past few years has seen the growth of many firms consulting in renewable energy that do not seem to have the expertise that they need. Continue reading

Ten things you need to know about modern solar water heating

Solar water heating is the most cost effective form of clean renewable energy that a householder can get. If you are thinking about becoming “greener” and investing in a solar system, then this guide will help you. Continue reading

The Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes

It is about time that I wrote in these posts about a United Kingdom body that in its quiet way does a great deal of good work in the field of emission savings by way of educating and exchange information across businesses concerned with energy in some way. That body is the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes. Continue reading

A renewable heat consultation and the renewable heat expertise of the Energy Research Establishment

When I started Genersys I used to do many presentations of solar thermal to a wide range of audiences. My last slide has a simple slogan “We need an energy policy, not an electricity policy”, because then, only four or so years ago, energy, climate change and emission discussion, legislation and policy centred wholly on electricity. That demonstrated a lack of common sense; heating produces 47% of the United Kingdom’s carbon dioxide emissions and renewable heat technologies are both more cost effective and more mature than renewable energy technologies.

I questioned Ministers about their approach Continue reading

Renewable heat for homes – results of the Energy Savings Trust’s market research

Most businesses are established to service a present need. If you open a shop, you open it where there are likely to be lots of customers and you trade in goods that the customers want to buy. Some businesses, especially renewable energy businesses, however are established to fulfil a need that is quite small when they are established but they hope that the demand will grow greatly.

Businesses which trade in something where there is little present demand are very risky, because they depend upon a large growth in demand. Continue reading

Taking the carbon out of home heating – Mr Wicks wants evidence

Malcolm Wicks is the Energy Minister. He has called for evidence on the best way to “decarbonise” the way we heat our homes. He is specifically asking for evidence about existing technologies mentioning combined heat and power, renewable heat, heat from waste and district heat.

I shall be responding to his call for evidence in terms that the lowest carbon way forward is solar thermal systems for water and space heating and that the best way to incentivize this will be a long term council tax discount.

I suggest that no one holds their breath for too long while Mr Wicks is making up his mind; we are already stuck with the almost unused LCBP offering of a £400 grant (which costs most households £600 to qualify for), and because hardly anyone uses it we shall be stuck with it for some years to come. Continue reading