Monthly Archives: September 2012

Twenty gas-fired power stations planned for the UK

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Twenty new gas-fired power stations are likely to be built in the UK, amounting to a massive increase in consumption of the fossil fuel, the climate and energy secretary, Ed Davey, has told the Guardian.

But Davey insisted the expansion – the biggest construction effort in the power sector for decades – would not harm the prospects for investment in renewable energy or in the government’s carbon reduction targets.

He said: “I strongly support more gas, just as I strongly support more renewable energy. We need a big expansion of renewable energy and of gas if we are to tackle our climate change challenges.”

Davey is expected to announce a new gas strategy this autumn, which will require the investment of hundreds of billions of pounds in new electricity generation capacity and dictate the shape and construction of the UK’s energy infrastructure for decades to come. But environmental groups and renewable energy investors are concerned that a new “dash for gas” would put carbon targets beyond reach and deter investment in renewables.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/28/gas-fired-power-stations-uk

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Britain’s first carbon negative street – where toilets are flushed with rainwater and there is even a hotel for bugs

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Britain’s first ever ‘carbon negative’ street was unveiled today.

Residents in the 21 timber houses which make up Sinclair Meadows in South Shields can sleep cosily in the knowledge that they live in the most eco-friendly social housing development in the UK.

The grand design has been created by not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing Group and 52 residents, ranging in age from two-weeks-old to pensioners in their 70s, are due to move in this week.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2209572/Britains-carbon-negati…

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Car smashes electric speed record

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A supercar powered by energy from wind turbines has smashed the UK land speed record for an electric car.

The Nemesis, driven by Nick Ponting, hit 151mph during a run at Elvington airfield near York.

This breaks the record of 137mph set by Don Wales, the grandson of speed ace Sir Malcolm Campbell, 10 years ago.

Nemesis broke the record with a 148mph first run, then Ponting, 21, bettered this with a 151mph later. Thursday’s achievement was ratified by the Motor Sports Association at the track.

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/new-speed-record-for…

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UK renewable energy output jumps by 42%

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The Government has today released its latest quarterly energy statistics, confirming that the UK’s renewable energy sector is continuing to expand rapidly, while also fuelling concerns that high gas prices are forcing energy companies to switch to more polluting coal power.

The statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show renewable electricity output during the second quarter of 2012 rose 6.5 per cent year-on-year to 8.13TWh, while capacity soared 42.4 per cent to 14.2GW, largely as the result of the opening of a raft of new large-scale on- and offshore wind farms and the conversion of the Tilbury B power station to dedicated biomass.

The increases meant that renewables’ share of the UK’s electricity mix edged up from nine per cent in the second quarter of 2011 to 9.6 per cent a year later.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/27/uk-renewable-energy-output-…

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Top Gear test track goes #solar

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BBC’s Top Gear is well known as a bastion for high-powered, gas-guzzling cars. Host Jeremy Clarkson has, in the past, been somewhat critical concerning the entry of alternative energy into the auto industry. Clarkson, along with his compatriots James May and Richard Hammond, have been more accommodating of alternative energy beyond the auto industry, however. While Clarkson may not be an advocate for various environmental issues, he will have to get more comfortable with the idea of solar energy because the Top Gear test track is now powered by it.

http://www.hydrogenfuelnews.com/top-gear-test-track-goes-solar/855994/

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Proof Smart Meters Are Being Used to Spy On Us

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IF you have ever wondered if your smart meter is being used to spy on you, well now there is proof that governments and private organisations are using data collected from smart meters to spy on you.

Information about power usage, which can be used to identify when a home is being occupied, is being shared with third parties of which includes government agencies, private organisations and off-shore data processing centres.

http://www.theglobalistreport.com/smart-meters-being-used-to-spy/

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