Month: June 2014

NAO and renewables

Watchdog Critical of Energy Deals

The National Audit Office has weighed in with criticism of £16 billion worth of renewable energy deals that have been agreed without being put out to competitive tender. It follows on from doubts voiced by watchdog Which? recently over the government’s Contract for Difference policy, saying that it could add to consumer bills rather than reduce them. It comes as…

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Do Biofuels Need a Government Lift?

Conservative research estimates say that second generation biofuels could meet between 10 and 25% of our energy supply needs by 2050 – potentially, all that is required is some investment from the private sector and we could be pushing new developments to meet that target. And therein lies the problem. Private investment is reticent. Developing biofuels comes at a sizeable…

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Are Green Roofs High Maintenance?

According to the Guardian recently, Mexico City is trying to do something about its pollution problem by installing a number of azoteas verdes or green roofs. Hospitals, schools and offices have been the subject of a $1 million experiment to create a greener and healthier environment. And Mexico is not the only city that is trying to go back to…

What is the true cost of the low carbon agenda?

While Ofgem recently warned the big six energy companies they weren’t passing on lower fuel costs, consumer champion Which? has questioned the cost effectiveness of the government’s low carbon agenda. Energy secretary Ed Davey has proposed new subsidy schemes to encourage less cost effective methods of energy production such as wind farms that might not realistically deliver on value. Which?…

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