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Thursday, 26 January 2017

UK’s famous Abbey Road Studios now powered by wind and solar energy



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/panorama/uka-s-famous-abbey-road-studios-now-20170126


Music recorded at Abbey Road Studios will now be powered by the wind and the sun after leading UK music company Universal Music switched supply to green energy company Ecotricity.
 
Abbey Road Studios was established in 1931 by the Gramophone Company, a predecessor of EMI, which owned it until Universal Music took over part of EMI in 2012. The building is most famous for the 1960’s venue for bands such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Badfinger and numerous others.

UK Government's BEIS commits £28 million for energy innovation projects



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/energy_saving/beis-commits-28-million-for-energy-innovation-20170126


The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced £28 million for energy innovation projects in order to help bring down energy costs.

Europe added 1.5 GW of offshore wind in 2016 according to Wind Europe report



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/wind/europe-added-1-5-gw-of-offshore-20170126


Europe installed 1,558 MW of new offshore wind in 2016 with cumulative capacity reaching 12,631 MW. 

UK BEIS announces increase in UK renewable energy deployment



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/panorama/uk-beis-announces-increase-in-uk-renewable-20170126


The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released its quarterly figures for December 2016 showing a further rise in UK installed renewable energy capacity.

AutoGrid announces record year with 2 GW of distributed energy contracts



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/energy_saving/autogrid-announces-record-year-with-2-gw-20170126


AutoGrid Flex has extended its market leadership in the flexibility management software category with a second successive year of more than 350 percent growth in contracted grid-edge DER capacity.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Greenpeace call for resistance against Trump



http://www.10tv.com/article/police-7-protesters-dc-crane-associated-greenpeace






Police say they believe seven protesters who climbed a 270-foot crane at a downtown Washington construction site just blocks from the White House are associated with the environmental group Greenpeace.

New York regulators adopt joint utility solar proposal to improve interconnection



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/panorama/new-york-regulators-adopt-joint-utility-solar-20170125


The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has adopted changes to the State’s Standardised Interconnection Requirements (SIR), providing additional clarity to the interconnection process.

Financing Clean Energy: A short interview with Thomas Byrne of CleanCapital



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/interviews/financing-clean-energy-a-short-interview-with-20170125


Following the announcement of a new partnership between CleanCapital and Generate Capital, aimed at enabling the acquisition of $300 million in operating clean energy assets, Thomas Byrne, CEO of CleanCapital, clarifies some points about financing clean energy and what the new partnership means with regard to development of new clean energy projects. 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Monday, 9 January 2017

Boost in EV popularity contributes to a bumper year for new cars



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/electric_hybrid_vehicles/boost-in-ev-popularity-contributes-to-a-20170109


A bumper year for the car market reported by UK media has been augmented by a boost in the popularity of electric vehicles (EVs).

Altitec launches unique rope ascender rental service



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/wind/altitec-launches-unique-rope-ascender-rental-service-20170109


Altitec has launched a unique rental service for the powered rope ascender system used by maintenance teams inspecting on and offshore wind farms and in other sectors.

Water and Energy: An Interview with Mads Warming of Danfoss Energy & Water



Renewable Energy Magazine



On 16 November the International Energy Agency released its annual World Energy Outlook.
A key area of focus for the report was the interdependency of energy and water (the water-energy nexus), with a new chapter looking at how highly energy-intensive the water industry is, the impact this has on global consumption and CO2 emissions, and how we can unlock the significant, untapped scope for energy saving in this sector.

The Marselisborg area in Aarhus, Denmark (pop. 200,000) is the first place in the world that has succeeded in going from being an energy consumer to completely energy neutrality for the whole water cycle (tap water production, distribution, wastewater pumping and treatment). This has been achieved by securing massive energy savings across the water cycle, and by turning wastewater plants into net energy producers.  The Marselisborg Wastewater Treatment Plant, for example, has gone from consuming huge amounts of energy to being a power station in its own right – generating enough energy to cover its own operations and up to 100 per cent more, in addition to 2.5 GW of heat for the district heating system.

The company that runs the water system in Marselisborg is called Aarhus Water, and many of the advanced process control and efficiency technologies that have been used to achieve this improvement have been provided by Danfoss.

REM spoke to Mads Warming, Global Director of Water and Wastewater at Danfoss, to find out more.

Don't Whinge, James Delingpole....You Brought It Upon Yourself...



James Delingpole recently wrote on Breitbart (6th January 2017) that his poisonous activities [my description] has "damaged my career, it has damaged my health, it has caused massive upset to my family".

Well my responses to those three observations are 1) good! 2) well, that's your own tough luck 3) What? You mean you still have one?

He also said that he has "often been ridiculed and marginalised by colleagues in the mainstream media as a tin-hat conspiracy theorist" - well, that's because you are one James. You are a vicious, snivelling little rat, that has often descended to the level of the worst language possible, without using expletives, that is, against hard working and compassionate climate scientists, environmentalists and other people who genuinely want to help the world and those who genuinely need help, you and the other despicable right wing, climate change denying rats you associate with.

I don't wish you any physical harm, but it wouldn't bother me either if I happened to see you eking out a lice-infested, miserable life in some shop doorway somewhere. I might buy you a cup of coffee in such a situation but that's about it. The difference of course in that hypothetical situation, which unfortunately will never happen I suppose, is that unlike most of the other homeless people around, you will have deserved such a fate.

So don't whinge, you decided to do this, you decided to be a vicious verminous little creep constantly attacking good people, so you have to accept the opprobium and negatively that comes with it.

I very much doubt that you will ever learn anything from the experience though, in fact it will probably make you even more vicious than you already are....if such a thing is possible...

Energy & Environment Dates 2012