Monday, 18 October 2010

Eight new nuclear power stations for UK

Chris Huhne, Britain's Energy Secretary, has given the go-ahead for eight new nuclear power stations in Britain - but has not said they will be built, just that companies can build them if they want to.

However, he also said that that there will be no public subsidy for nuclear but that the Government was considering a limit on liability. This, it may be argued, is a for of subsidy because it means that taxpayers take on the risk if there is an accident and for the clean up costs.

"The Government has not ruled out the maintenance of a limit on operator liability set at an appropriate level provided that it is justifiable in the public interest, is the right way of ensuring that risk is appropriately managed, and that, overall, any potential cost or risk to the Government can be justified,..." - Chris Huhne

Other notable developments in the Energy Secretary's announcement were plans to build up to 44,000 wind turbines around the coast, official encouragement for households to put up solar panels, significant investment in developing new carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and the scrapping of the proposed 10 mile barrage across the River Severn.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Eco Fascists Show Their True Colours

Now, very slowly for all those who still don't get it.

Carbon     dioxode    makes     plants     grow     faster.

Friday, 20 August 2010

The Disaster of Nu-Labour's Energy Policy

There has been a nice series at the Capitalists@Work site on the 'scorched earth' policies of the out-going 'Nu-Labour' government. At the above link, they discuss three of the most damaging aspects of Labour's wilful abuse as concerning Energy Policy.

The three are:

1. The stymieing of extremely useful technology
2. The unnecessary costs of feed-in-tariffs
3. The looming trap of international ‘penalties’ for failure to meet renewable energy targets.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

The Green Agenda

"Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsiblity to bring that about?"

- Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme

More idiocy like this at: The Green Agenda, a site dedicated to Fisking the modern green movement.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Cleantech Investment in the UK

Growth Business UK ezine has an interesting interview with David Gudgin, a partner at Albion Ventures which is active in venture capital for the renewable energy sector. Worth checking out. He thinks the Wind sector is the 'trickiest' but sees long-term growth in the Feed-in-Tariffs scheme.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Solar Panel Cowboys

An undercover investigation by Which? magazine found that 10 out of 14 UK solar panel installation companies surveyed overstated the effectiveness of the systems.

Some companies quoted savings of as much as 50%. One company claimed the test homeowner would save £35,000 over 20 years, which the magazine described as a "massive exaggeration" - with £5,000 being nearer the mark.

Not a single company in the survey identified all the important technical challenges related to providing a quote. Only one, Southern Solar, was adjudged to have provided sensible advice.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Green Month at British Library Business

A mail in our inbox announces that it will be 'Green Month' at the British Library Business IP Centre in May.

"Throughout May we're holding special events that explore green an ethical business, the oppportunities, the practicalities and the reasons to get involved."

More details here.