4 posts categorized "Politics"

Friday, 02 March 2012

Feed-in-Tariff – an Update

The Budget That Wasn’t One

Britain and a number of other countries, for example Germany and Italy, introduced incentives to encourage small-scale generation of electricity from renewable sources. The target were private individuals, small businesses and community organisations, such as schools, because they were deemed to be the perfect platform for spreading clean energy rather than relying on large utility companies alone.

That was, and is, not only laudable but ingenious. Many people are keen to take part in the development of a future with lower emissions given the chance. Of course, in the main that ‘chance’ means money. It was, therefore, not enough for governments to come up with audacious plans. They had to back them up with funding as well. Cue the Feed-in-Tariff scheme (FiTs).

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Thursday, 23 February 2012

‘Renewable Heat Incentive is Rubbish’

, is what someone would say who lived on GJ 1214b. It is one of many planets orbiting stars in other solar systems that have been found over the past twenty years. At 200oC (392oF) and with a confirmed high presence of water this is a truly exotic place where your cocktail might be poured over ‘hot ice’ after an afternoon’s surfing on ‘super-fluid’ waves.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Microgeneration Certification Scheme – Does It Matter?

It certainly will do if you are in the market for solar panels, a biomass boiler or similar installation. Don’t be afraid of another case of perverse regulatory output designed to suffocate anyone foolish enough to come too close. This really is able to help in an increasingly complex world of private energy production. It also plays a mandatory part in receiving the feed-in-tariff. Yes we are back with the Feed-in-Tariff scheme (FiTs) that we had a closer look at in connection with the British government’s review of payment levels (From Shining Star to Solar Eclipse?). More about that in a moment when I explain what is behind the certification and how it can benefit you or those you represent.

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Thursday, 03 November 2011

From Shining Star to Solar Eclipse? - Feed-in-Tariff to Be Cut

It was on the cards ever since 7th February 2011. On that day the government announced a review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme (FiTs) little more than a year after its introduction. Before the background of economic crises, the Eurozone debacle, and the drive to reduce government debt apparent hand-outs were bound to be the perfect prey for the British chance llor (secretary of the treasury), George Osborne. Now suggested cuts of more than 50% for solar panel installations have been announced.

Solar Eclipse

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