Monthly Archives: October 2012

M&S to Purchase Renewable Energy from Shanks Food Waste Plant

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Milton Keynes based waste and recycling company Shanks Group (LSE: SKS) has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with UK based retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) to supply it with the total renewable energy output of its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Cumbernauld, Glasgow – a joint-venture with Energen Biogas.

Shanks explained that M&S (LSE: MKS) sends food waste to the 60,000 tonne per year plant, where it is converted into biogas and used for renewable energy generation and digestate for use as a nutrient-rich soil conditioner.

According to the waste company the new agreement will see M&S directly purchase approximately 19,000 MWh per year of electricity from the AD plant – the equivalent energy used to power 33 M&S Simply Food stores – and helping to close the loop for its food waste.

The operator added that around 10% of the facilities power is used on-site to keep the plant running.

Giacinto Patellaro, head of Energy Supply & Risk at M&S, explained that the Cumbernauld facility is helping M&S to maintain two of the targets for its sustainability programme, Plan A – to procure 100% renewable electricity and send zero waste to landfill.

Shanks said that it is currently strengthening its market position in organics, where it has over one million tonnes of treatment capacity across Europe.

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Energy minister John Hayes launches attack on windfarms

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The expansion of onshore windfarms may have come to an end after a Conservative energy minister launched an outspoken attack on the technology, saying turbines have “peppered” the UK’s countryside and that “enough is enough”.

John Hayes said he has asked the planning minister to look again at the relationship between these turbines and the landscape and ordered a review of evidence on the cost of wind energy systems and their effects on the surrounding environment. “We can no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities,” he said.

“I can’t single-handedly build a new Jerusalem, but I can protect our green and pleasant land… We will form our policy in the future on the basis of that, not on a bourgeois Left article of faith based on some academic perspective.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/energy-minister-john-ha…

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Is co-operative energy the solution to climate change?

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With climate change increasingly having a disastrous global impact, growing numbers of local communities are responding by launching their own renewable energy co-operatives in an effort to slash the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

In fact green energy co-ops are now one of the fastest growing parts of the UK co-operative sector having grown by 24% in the past four years.

“The first co-operatively-owned wind farm opened in Cumbria in 1997,” explains Rebecca Willis, co-author of a report into co-operative renewable energy published earlier this year.

“Since then, over 7,000 individual investors have ploughed over £16 million into community-owned wind turbines and other renewable technologies resulting in that there are now over 40 co-operatively-run renewable energy projects across the UK.”

Typical of the motivation that lies behind this behind this surge in the numbers of renewable energy co-ops is that demonstrated by Mark Wells, a director of the newly-launched Sheffield Renewables co-op: “When we bring future generations to mind, ignoring the problem of climate change is not an option. So even though climate change is a very big problem, we want to do our bit, and so we chose to work as a community to build a renewable energy scheme.”

http://socialenterprise.guardian.co.uk/social-enterprise-network/2012/oct/30/…

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UK gas prices rise on tight system

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* Market seen easing Wednesday on warmer weather

* Bullish technicals lift forward curve

LONDON Oct 30 (Reuters) – British prompt gas prices rose
slightly between Monday and Tuesday morning as the system was
slightly undersupplied but analysts said they expected prices to
ease as Norwegian exports were forecast to improve.

Gas for Wednesday delivery rose 0.30 pence to 67.60 pence a
therm at 0900 GMT due to a slightly undersupplied system.

Britain’s gas demand was expected to be 255.3 million cubic
metres (mcm) on Tuesday, data from National Grid showed, and
with supplies seen at 251.8 mcm, the system would be left 3.5
mcm undersupplied.

But analysts said that they expected prices to ease as
consumption was seen falling and supplies from Norway were set
to improve.

“Consumption is forecast down for day-ahead, giving a
bearish signal for the NBP day-ahead (gas) contract. On the
supply side, flows through the Langeled (pipeline from
Norway)are up, adding to the bearish picture and we expect a
less tight situation for day-ahead compared to today,” analysts
at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon said.

The UK’s MetOffice said it expected maximum temperatures to
rise from 12 degrees Celsius on Tuesday to 14 degrees on
Wednesday, easing heating demand.

But the MetOffice said that temperatures were expected to
drop back to highs of just over 10 degrees later in the week.
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British prompt gas prices rose slightly between Monday and Tuesday morning as the system was slightly undersupplied but analysts said they expected prices to ease as Norwegian exports were forecast to improve.

Gas for Wednesday delivery rose 0.30 pence to 67.60 pence a therm at 0900 GMT due to a slightly undersupplied system.

Britain’s gas demand was expected to be 255.3 million cubic metres (mcm) on Tuesday, data from National Grid showed, and with supplies seen at 251.8 mcm, the system would be left 3.5 mcm undersupplied.

But analysts said that they expected prices to ease as consumption was seen falling and supplies from Norway were set to improve.

“Consumption is forecast down for day-ahead, giving a bearish signal for the NBP day-ahead (gas) contract. On the supply side, flows through the Langeled (pipeline from Norway)are up, adding to the bearish picture and we expect a less tight situation for day-ahead compared to today,” analysts at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon said.

http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL5E8LU5I020121030

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Renewable energy will overtake nuclear power by 2018, research says

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Renewable energy capacity will overtake nuclear power in the UK by 2018, if current rates of growth continue, and will provide enough power for one in 10 British homes by 2015, according to new research.

The amount of electricity supplied by wind energy alone is up by a quarter since 2010, in a surprisingly good year for the renewables industry. While the government has notably cooled on wind power – more than 100 Tory MPs signed a statement this year opposing new windfarms, and the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, has queried the future of subsidies – the industry has continued to grow, with investment in offshore wind up by about 60% to £1.5bn in the past year. Planning approvals for onshore windfarms also rose, up by about half, to reach a record level, according to the trade association Renewable UK.

Despite the outspoken opposition from many Tory MPs against wind power, there was a rise in the amount of onshore wind capacity approved last year for the first time since 2008.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/30/renewable-energy-nuclear-po…

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UK households build up £1.2 billion of credit with energy companies |

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More than a £1billion is owed by energy companies to millions of customers who are overpaying on their gas and electricity bills.

A new survey has found that 55 per cent of UK households claim to currently be in credit with their gas and electricity suppliers.

The research by Gocompare.com estimates that those households with a credit balance on their utility bills are owed £80 on average, meaning energy providers are benefiting from an extra £1.2 billion of customers’ cash.

Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-2224692/UK-households-build-…

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Ofgem moves to get a better energy deal for small firms – Energy and Utilities

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AS ENERGY company EDF becomes the latest to increase its prices, the energy regulator says it will be looking at ways to protect small businesses from getting tied into confusing contracts.

Ofgem says 150,000 small businesses could be given increased protection with penalties for suppliers if they fail to meet adequate standards of service.

The proposals were welcomed by business leaders, who say the changes could be a “shot in the arm” to help companies get a fairer deal.

Andrew Wright, Ofgem senior partner, markets, said: “Our retail market review showed that small businesses want fairer treatment from suppliers, clearer information about contracts, and more protection from misselling. Our proposed reforms seek to address these issues. We urge suppliers to show they are committed to restoring the confidence of business consumers by getting behind our proposals.”

Currently, Ofgem safeguards on small businesses only apply to those which employ up to ten people and which have bills of around £5,000 a year. The extension of the scheme would cover bigger businesses facing £10,000-a-year bills.

http://www.scotsman.com/business/energy-and-utilities/ofgem-moves-to-get-a-be…

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