Monthly Archives: January 2013

‘British Gas broke into my house while I was out’


A WOMAN has spoken of her shock after British Gas ‘broke into’ her house in Poole while she was out.

Rebecca Manston returned to her home in Creekmoor on January 17 to find a letter from the company in her kitchen.

A new pre-payment meter had been fitted outside.

“I asked my husband Jonathan if he had been home to let them in. He said he hadn’t been.

“When I phoned British Gas’s customer services, they had no record of anyone coming to my house,” claimed the mother of three.…


Extra funding for UK energy storage research


In a speech at the UK Policy Exchange, Mr Willetts described how the £600 million provision for science announced in the government’s Autumn Statement will be used to boost growth in ‘eight great technologies’ which includes money for the energy sector. £189 million will go towards big data and energy efficient computing. Another £45 million will help to fund advanced materials research including low energy electronics. New R&D facilities will receive £30 million in order to help development in new grid-scale storage technologies thereby helping to improve renewable energy capacity and reduce the UK’s national carbon footprint. £50 million will also go towards vital upgrades to research equipment and laboratories.

The Minister said that the government now needs to capitalise on the unique strengths of the UK’s research base by backing the right technologies and helping to take them through to market.…


UK to invest £24 billion to upgrade power grids and promote low carbon energy


The UK will be making a £24 billion upgrade to its power grid with the ambition of connecting more of its low carbon energy sources to its network.

There is increasing stress on the grid system in the UK as renewable energy technologies grow in popularity. Technologies such as onshore and offshore wind farms are becoming more prevalent in the UK energy porfolio and the new investment will be looking to take this into account.

Environmental targets and legislation have also had an impact on the energy mix and the Large Combustion Plant Directive, for example, which deals with industrial emissions, means that oil and coal capacity is likely to be limited. Additionally, the UK is working toward its renewable energy targets; the country hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020.

The grid, therefore, will be required to become more flexible, with a careful balance between supply from the less predictable renewable energy sources and that of more reliable supplies such as nuclear power. This will require an upgrade in IT systems, and many of the UK’s electricity assets, which date from the 1950s and 60s, will have to be replaced.

Not only does the grid need to be upgraded, but the impact of this on consumers – including cost and appearance – will need to be considered.…


Anesco says commercial interest heats up for fully-funded biomass boilers

A growing number of firms, manufacturers and agricultural businesses are signing up to a scheme that allows them to install biomass technology for free, while benefiting from reduced energy costs and carbon emissions.

A growing number of firms, manufacturers and agricultural businesses are signing up to a scheme that allows them to install biomass technology for free, while benefiting from reduced energy costs and carbon emissions.

Leading energy efficiency solutions company, Anesco, has reported seeing a rise in enquiries as the introduction of government schemes, such as Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Green Deal, sees the technology grow in popularity among both commercial and domestic markets.

Adrian Pike, CEO of Anesco, explains: “Biomass boilers can generate significant savings on energy bills, while helping businesses achieve their carbon commitment targets. With funding a top concern for organisations, our fully funded offering that allows businesses to install a brand new boiler free of charge, continues to prove popular.”

Through the Anesco scheme, organisations can receive the free supply and installation of a highly efficient, top of the range biomass boiler, including fuel storage, delivery systems, performance monitoring, annual services and maintenance. The cost of each installation is recouped by Anesco for its investors through the RHI payments.

As well as coming at zero cost to an organisation, firms benefit from substantially reduced heating bills, with properties that currently run on oil or LPG based systems reaping the greatest rewards.

Adrian added: “Biomass boilers are particularly useful for organisations who have sizeable heating demands, such as nursing homes, hotels, large commercial units, leisure centres and poultry farms. Installing a system of this kind will bring significant financial savings.”
Anesco is a national company dedicated to helping homeowners, local authorities and businesses reduce carbon emissions through a blend of energy efficiency measures.
Anesco is an approved provider under the Government’s Green Deal scheme.
For more details visit or call 0845 894 4444.
Amy Archer
Leepeck Group
023 8063 2211
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We were naive to think a low-carbon revolution was coming


In recent months, we have seen environmentalists in the UK jittery about policy direction in the government, US Republicans overtly hostile to renewables, the Japanese government abandoning nuclear energy (imports of oil and gas having surged since Fukushima, a trend now likely to continue) and the largest recorded melting of the Arctic ice caps.

All of this seems a long way from the vision of the “third industrial revolution”, a concept based on a social enterprise-driven low carbon economy developed by American economist Jeremy Rifkin and enthusiastically endorsed by the European Parliament in May 2007.

“Paradigm shift”, an over-used term famously coined by American scientist Thomas Kuhn 60 years ago to explain the progression of scientific thought, is now liberally scattered across all areas of human activity, not least in energy and the environment. But, despite its over-use, Rifkin felt it suited the transformation to a low carbon economy that he saw coming.…