Energy experts have claimed that in order for the UK to reach its renewable energy targets and fulfil its potential, at least 10 million homes should be covered with solar panels in the next 6 years. The solar industry has witnessed a boom in sales over the last 5 years and an increasing number of households are embracing the technology. Those who have energy efficient electric heating and use feed-in tariffs are seeing the greatest benefit, and are shielded from the big six price rises, but what does it mean for the country as a whole?
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Over the course of the last few months, conservationists have been working hard with Government ministers to investigate how Britain could generate energy from the waste product at nature reserves. Charities such as the RSPB and Natural England have been heavily involved, discussing options with the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Bioenergy is something which has done the rounds over the past year and has been touted as a viable alternative to fracking. Could its important role in Britain's energy mix be set to grow further?
The Government is holding out on EU renewable energy targets as funds are diverted into shale drilling in a ‘dash for gas’ trend set by America. They’ve also announced tax breaks for companies specialising in shale gas extraction, as well as incentives for local communities to allow drilling in their area. Today, the European Green Party have announced a potential campaign against the UK and have even threatened a legal battle.
Government figures have just been released which indicate that the south west of the UK is currently topping the table for the most renewable energy installations. The Government’s ‘feed in tariff’ scheme is proving popular in the area, with more than a fifth of all UK renewables projects being adopted by homeowners, landowners and businesses. But what has triggered this ‘green surge’?
A report this week from the big oil company, BP, has indicated that the global demand for energy will steadily slow down over the next 20 years. This flies in the face of claims from ministers and academics that the UK’s infrastructure won’t have the capacity to meet demand within the next few years - so what are BP’s findings based on? Do we have an impending ‘energy crisis’?
There’s little doubt in 2013 that European Union legislation has a huge impact on how we use and produce our energy. However, as the race for countries to become cleaner and greener has gotten into full swing, many targets set by the EU have clashed and collided with one another, and may be the single biggest contributor to wildly fluctuating and increasing energy bills
The collective renewable energy output in EU countries officially hit 14.4% by the end of 2012. This is an increase from the previous year where it was only 13.1%. Figures released by the renewable energy think tank, EurobservER indicate that renewable energy, on the whole, is on an upward trend. So which countries are leading the pack?
The Trillion Fund has recently revealed estimates which say £1.3 billion has been invested in renewable energy infrastructure in 2013. Helped on by huge investors and sponsorship from the retail sector, £1 billion was raised through the UK stock market alone. Surely this a good sign that people are trying to push the future of energy in positive direction?
The University of Leon is home to a number of scientists who have recently worked out a way to split hydrogen gas from water by using rocks. Hydrogen is a completely green source of energy, one which could be plentiful from the very simple mixture of hydrogen and water. The same reaction is seen in nature in the rocks that litter our oceans floors, but the process spans enormous geological time scales.
The UK Government has recently made important decisions beneath the Big Six commotion. Namely, to shift its focus away from onshore wind farms to offshore wind farms. Pleasing some and disgruntling others, the move at least establishes a clear vision for the future of our energy infrastructure. Or does it?