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London’s Transportation Sector Going Electric

By Roy L Hales

A spokesperson from Fastned said negotiations have been going on for the past year and a half. This morning Transport for London (TfL) announced the Dutch EV fast charging company is one of the five successful bidders. The other charging companies are Bluepoint London, the Centrica Consortium, Chargemaster and Electricity Supply Board (ESB).  London’s first 75 charging points should be operational by the end of the year.  By 2020, there could be 300.  The first steps towards London’s transportation sector going electric have been taken.

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One Of The World’s Largest Battery Storage Systems

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Britain’s largest domestic supplier of natural gas and electricity has its’ eyes on the low carbon future. Nuclear plants and wind farms produced 54% of the power Centrica sold in the domestic market during 2015.1 Last week the company announced it will be building one of the world’s largest battery storage systems in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK.

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  1. Climate Change, Centrica, p 7

New UK Law Will “Sneak” Fracking Into Parks

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In the face of strong opposition, last January David Cameron’s Conservatives promised there would be “an outright ban on fracking in national parks [and] sites of special scientific interest.” That was before they won a majority in the last election. Now a new UK law will “sneak” fracking into parks.

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It Is Time Canada Cleaned Up Its’ Emissions

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMTom Mulcair just announced his plan “to restore Canada’s environmental credibility at home and around the world by putting a price on carbon, making polluters pay and taking meaningful steps to reduce carbon emissions.” Mulcair is right, it is time Canada cleaned up its’ emissions.

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Proposal For The UK To Expand The Fit Program

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRenewables produced 25% of UK’s electricity in 2Q. This is more than either coal (20%) or nuclear power (21.5%) generated and 8.6% more than renewables produced the same quarter (April to June) in 2014. The Department of Energy and Climate Change explained the increase as as combination of increased capacity and “higher wind speeds, rainfall and sun hours.” The UK was an attractive place for renewable investment up until the Cameron administration started slashing renewable funding. Now, Instead of cuts, the UK’s Solar Trade Association put forward a proposal for the UK to expand the Fit Program.
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Help Save UK Solar

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In 2010 the U.K. set up a solar feed-in tariff (FiT) that has far more successful than they anticipated. They slashed it in half the following year and now propose to slash the tariff another 87% in January 2016. Only Britain’s rooftop solar industry is not yet ready to stand on its’ own, so Solar Compared sent out the infogram below in the hope it will help save UK solar.

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Danny Kennedy Is Moving On

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Sungevity’s co-founder will cease to be executive vice-president on September 1st, and officially become the company’s strategic consultant for the next six months. He will most likely continue to be an unofficial advisor for much longer than that. “Danny will always be part of the family and will remain a close advisor to the company,” said John Ordoña, Sungevity’s Vice President of Communications. Kennedy will become Managing Director of the non-profit clean energy investment fund CalCEF. Danny Kennedy is moving on.

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UK Introduces Fast Tracking for Fracking

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Everyone thought England’s shale gas revolution was over before it started, when Lancashire rejected Cuadrilla’s drilling applications.  Now the UK introduces fast-tracking for fracking.

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European Polls Consistently Support Renewables

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The latest public attitude tracker released by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Changed showed that 75% of the population support the use of renewables. Only 4% oppose them. The Government survey did not contain specific questions about biomass, utility scale solar farms, and all onshore wind farms – all of whose subsidies were recently slashed. So Good Energy hired its own pollsters. They found that 4% of the British public are opposed to solar farms and 8% to onshore wind projects. This appears to be a pattern, from the continent whose population is most exposed to wind and solar energy. European polls consistently support renewables.

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The World’s Largest Offshore Windfarm

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After weeks of controversy regarding cutbacks to its’ renewable sector, the UK announced it is building the World’s Largest Offshore Windfarm.

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