Monthly Archives: December 2010

Plymouth NHS goes solar to cut costs and carbon

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Solar panels will be fitted to 20 NHS buildings across the city in a bid to
cut carbon emissions and save cash.

Initial costs for the scheme run to £250,000 but it is expected to generate
an income of £31,360 a year.

NHS Plymouth managers this week approved the plans to fit photovoltaic (PV)
cells to roofs of properties including the Cumberland Centre and Peninsula
Dental School in Devonport, Mount Gould Hospital, Ernesettle Primary Care
Centre, Plympton Hospital and the Nuffield Clinic.

Health bosses said the project, part of a national drive, is among a number
of ways the primary care trust is looking to improve energy efficiency and
reduce utility bills. They are looking to install the panels by February to
take advantage of a Government incentive tariff.

Di Philpott, NHS Plymouth project
planning manager, said PV cells are one of the most effective ways of
reducing carbon emissions.

http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/City-NHS-goes-solar-cut-costs-carbon/ar
ticle-3034849-detail/article.html

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M&S and Co-op named greenest supermarkets

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Marks & Spencer and the Co-op have been named as the greenest British
supermarkets in a new report. Ethical Consumer magazine praised both stores
for their eco-credentials, with special mention being made of the Co-op’s
policy on sourcing fish and Marks & Spencer’s palm oil sourcing.

The Co-op was also said to aim to get 98 percent of its energy from
renewable sources at its 5,500 sites around the country. Rob Harrison,
co-author of the report, said: “These two companies have made genuine
efforts to reduce the environmental and ethical impact of their operations
and have demonstrated that they are setting the environmental agenda for
supermarkets.”

http://uk.ibtimes.com/articles/20101222/ampand-named-greenest-supermarkets.h
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UK Energy Market Reform Too Good To Be True? Probably.

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The UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne
announced the biggest energy reform “in decades” on Friday.

The reform package includes:

* a carbon price floor “increasing the cost of fossil fuel based
generation, and strengthening the carbon price for UK electricity
generators.” * two Feed in Tarrifs: standard and premium contracts under which “the
Government will agree to clear, long term contracts” which essentially
places a certainty on the price of renewable energy (and thus the benefit to
consumers and energy generators) which therefore makes investment
(theoretically) less risky. * an Emissions Performance Standard that ensures no new coal power
plants are built without carbon capture and storage technology in place * incentives for energy grid demand reduction measures and building
spare renewable generation capacity, dubbed ‘negawatt’ capacity by the
government. Negawatt capacity will be monitored by a Capacity Mechanism.

http://www.triplepundit.com/2010/12/uk-energy-market-reform-too-good/

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Gas prices could increase as cold snap continues

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For the first time since the freezing weather once again took the UK by
surprise, the National Grid has issued a warning to some companies that they
will have to rely on generators so that stocks can be diverted to houses.
The ‘gas balancing alert’ was issued following Sunday’s record demand for
460 million cubic meters of the fuel.

There are now serious concerns that households, which have already seen a
hike in their energy bills, will suffer further price rises in the new year.
The wholesale price of gas has already risen by 11 per cent, and this
increase may well get passed on to the consumer.

Although energy providers usually manage to keep costs down by purchasing
fuel on longer term contracts, the sudden demand for fuel means those firms
are now having to source gas for immediate delivery, which is far more
expensive.

http://www.discountvouchers.co.uk/news/104033535.html

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SMEs account for half of UK’s total business turnover ­- study

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New research highlights the enormous aggregate spending power of the UK’s
smaller and medium sized businesses and vital contribution they will make
towards economic recovery.

The report for British Gas Business, shows smaller and medium sized
businesses spend £1.1tn on their supply chain annually – 49 per cent of UK
business expenditure, and account for £1.6tn of total national business
turnover, greater than the whole of the FTSE100.

It also forecasts a record 312,000 start ups will be created by the end of
2010 and a further 297,000 in 2011. While not all of these businesses will
survive, they will make a major contribution to replacing the 330,000 jobs
estimated to be lost as a result of severe public spending cuts through to
2015.

The research was conducted by economic consultants Cebr, and commissioned by
British Gas Business, to understand the needs and challenges of its 500,000
smaller and medium sized business customers. http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/south-west/44639-/

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The Internet’s Energy Consumption and Its Carbon Footprint

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The Internet’s Energy Consumption and Its Carbon Footprint

Over the past few years there has been an ongoing debate about the growing
amount of energy needed to power the World Wide Web, a.k.a the Internet, and
the impacts on our environment. Many have tried to pin down the exact
amount of energy needed to power the internet and its carbon
footprint. Recently The Guardian published an article
saying that the Internet’s carbon footprint was around 300 million tonnes
of CO2 per year, equivalent to every person in the UK flying to America and
back twice over.

The Internets Carbon Footprint
The article was published in August and with the number of internet users
growing by the day worldwide I wouldn’t be surprised if these figures were
higher nowadays. According to the UN by the end of the year there will be 2
billion world internet users, that is 1/6 of world population.

http://www.catalyst-commercial.co.uk/blog/latest-news/internets-energy-consu
mption/

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Plymouth chairman Gardner takes over Inenco parent

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Plymouth Argyle chairman Sir Roy Gardner has taken over the running of
Leeds-based utility support services company Spice. Spice is the parent
company of Lancashire-based energy
specialist Inenco.

Sir Roy, who acted as chairman of Connaught this year before the
Exeter-based housing maintenance company collapsed, over the role with
immediate effect. The appointment follows the £251m sale of the Spice group
to private equity group Cinven.

Inenco, based in Lytham St Annes, specialises in energy management,
sustainability and environmental services. The announcement follows the
appointment of David Owens as chief executive of Spice earlier this month.

http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/south-west/44506-ex-man-u-boss-takes-ove
r-inenco-parent/

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UK Wholesale Spot Gas Prices Jump to Two-Year High on Near Record Demand

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Spot UK wholesale gas prices on Monday jumped above 70 pence per therm – the
highest level in over two years – as gas demand hovered close to record high
levels.

Ongoing freezing temperatures pushed up demand from local distribution
zones, which include residential heating, and meant overall consumption was
33% above normal December levels.

The key Day-ahead wholesale gas contract, the price for gas to be delivered
on Tuesday, traded at 71.50 pence per therm on Monday morning, a rise of
6.40 pence per therm from Friday. The last time the contract closed above 70
pence per therm was on 31 October 2008.

Demand reached a record high of 465.80 million cubic metres at 08:03 London
time, according to National Grid. But this had fallen to 461.50 million
cubic metres by 10:02. National Grid estimates total demand levels for the
day on an hourly basis.

Highest ever demand was 465.5 million cubic metres on 8 January 2010.
Highest demand this winter to date was 456.6 million cubic metres on 2
December.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/business/1969065/uk_wholesale_spot_gas_prices_j
ump_to_twoyear_high_on/

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