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Good week for the green economy

27 Jun 2014, by in Environment

We learned this week that a record 20% of our energy was generated from renewables in the windy first quarter of 2104. The Green Investment Bank (GIB) said it created 3,500 jobs in wind and biomass projects last year. A new homes energy efficiency campaigned was launched at a packed meeting in the House of…

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US study links fracking to water contamination

19 Jun 2014, by in Environment

A quick internet search contradicts a claim by the energy Minister that, “There are no examples from the United States of hydraulic fracturing contaminating groundwater, because as you will appreciate the fracturing takes place very much deeper than any groundwater levels.” Among several published academic studies, one shows concentrations of methane, propane and ethane in…

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Energy consumers lose in public-to-private monopoly

11 Jun 2014, by in Environment

Since it was privatised in 1999, the UK energy market seems to have shifted seamlessly from a public to a private monopoly. According to Ofgem, the Big Six now “establish a coordinated course of action without communicating directly. This situation is referred to as tacit coordination between suppliers”. Ofgem is so concerned about its state…

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Taxpayer gains from union plan for UK Coal

10 Jun 2014, by in Environment

Redundancy letters are now being issued at Kellingley and Thoresby mines, and workers at Kellingley are pursuing an employee buy-out. But from yesterday’s announcement, the government still seems set on supporting the closure of two of the UK’s three remaining coal mines by autumn 2015. An independent consultants report by Orion Innovations sets out the…

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Shale: has the Queen misspoken?

05 Jun 2014, by in Environment

Fracking will be one of the first three Bills to go before Parliament. The TUC would have preferred the government’s infrastructure bill to fast track investment in carbon capture and storage technology, rather than accelerating a dash for onshore gas through fracking. Job for job, the case for CCS seems to be far more compelling,…

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Green reps at work gaining more support

28 May 2014, by in Environment

Keeping an election promise, Plymouth city council has signed a Plymouth City Council and Joint Trade Unions Greener Workspace Agreement with workplace unions UNITE, UNISON and the GMB. Under Pledge 33, the council undertook “Introduce a Green Workplaces Scheme to encourage council staff to work with their managers to reduce carbon, encourage sustainability and save…

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“Stay out of markets” and see how CCS stumbles

21 May 2014, by in Environment

Here’s an infrastructure priority for the Queen’s Speech – for the government to fast-track final funding decisions on two pilot carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects at Peterhead and Drax by early 2015.  Today’s report from a Committee of MPs deplores the “extraordinarily slow” progress in CCS deployment. Many are the victims of delaying this…

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Share in Banister House Solar Co-op

20 May 2014, by in Environment

Hackney’s first community energy co-op, powered by a rooftop solar array, aims to cut energy bills, share profits with residents, provide paid internships, and cut carbon emissions. The Banister House Solar Co-operative, London’s second estate-based solar energy scheme, will be releasing a £150,000 share offer in July 2014. The co-op, run by Banister House residents…

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