Watchdog Ofgem warns of UK energy price rise

Green (Living) Review

UK faces rising energy prices in 2013 caused by an increased reliance on imported energy and closure of many UK power plants and generation capacity could fall by 10% as soon as April by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Bolton, Lancs., UK: Alistair Buchanan, head of Ofgem the consumer energy watchdog, has said the UK is facing a rise in energy prices over the next few years caused by an increased reliance on imported energy and closure of many UK power plants.

Household energy bills on the rise and up due to gas not green policies

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Energy bills are rising due to the increased cost of gas and not due to green polices, according to the influential Committee on Climate Change (CCC). The Committee on Climate Change has mid-December 2011 published its first comprehensive analysis of the impact of meeting carbon budgets on household energy bills. It also found further increases will be required to support grid investment and may also be required depending on gas price movements.

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A Peak Oiler Comes Around?

Environmental Economics

When I first came to The Oil Drum over seven years ago I was looking for information to explain the steadily rising oil price. Society is adapting to the new reality of higher energy prices. It has been some ride. In the vastly complex system that is industrial society it is impossible to make predictions about the future, but here, in any case, is my wag. 100+ oil has opened the door to exploitation of more expensive resources and reserves.

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I signed the "Economists' Statement on Carbon Dividends"

Environmental Economics

By correcting a well-known market failure, a carbon tax will send a powerful price signal that harnesses the invisible hand of the marketplace to steer economic actors towards a low-carbon future. A consistently rising carbon price will encourage technological innovation and large-scale infrastructure development. It will also accelerate the diffusion of carbon-efficient goods and services. It would also create an incentive for other nations to adopt similar carbon pricing.

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ENER-G Launches Free 'Quick Guide to Improving Energy Performance - at No Cost'

Green (Living) Review

A free 'Quick Guide to Improving Energy Performance - at No Cost' has been launched by ENER-G to help cash strapped businesses save money on their energy bills, improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon, without upfront expense. Gary Dowsett, Director of ENER-G Controls , said: "The need for organisations to embrace energy efficiency measures is made more urgent by the upward price trend.

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13 Arab Nations Get Energy Future Mapped in Helpful New Report

Green Prophet

There is a new report out underscoring the amount of renewable energy being developed in the Arab world with Morocco, Jordan and Egypt coming out as the big winners in the region. The report released by the RCEEE (Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) in Cairo documents that there are currently 1.55 GW of large-scale renewable energy projects combined in the Arab world. Libya demonstrates strong commitment for pursuit of renewable energy.

Anglian announces competition to win energy saving windows during Big Energy Saving Week

Green (Living) Review

Win during Big Energy Saving Week Anglian Home Improvements has launched a competition that will see one lucky homeowner win £7,000 of energy efficient windows just by sharing their top energy saving tips online. In a recent survey by Anglian Home Improvements, 94% of UK homeowners asked said they want to become more energy efficient, yet only 37% currently rate themselves as such.

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Anglian launches Energy Smart Kids activity booklet to get kids switched on to energy saving

Green (Living) Review

Winter is an expensive time for families, with Halloween, fireworks parties and Christmas all on the horizon, while the colder temperatures and darker days mean our energy consumption is on the increase. That’s why Anglian Home Improvements has launched a fun Energy Smart Kids activity booklet to help get your children switched on to energy saving and become more energy aware.

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Solar Energy: Benefit the Environment and Save Money

Hug a Tree with Me

Solar energy: Benefit the environment and save money Solar Power is becoming increasingly popular in today’s environmentally conscious world, especially with all the stories regarding global warming and climate change. With energy prices increasing, people are now trying to find new cost effective ways to power their homes. In recent years though, solar energy has become a lot more cost effective, efficient, and is well worth the initial investment.

61% say Energy-Saving is most popular reason for replacing windows & doors

Green (Living) Review

Manchester, United Kingdom - DGCOS (The Double Glazing and Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme) commissioned a survey by Opinium Research , which revealed that 61% of homeowners now consider reducing energy bills as the most popular reason for replacing windows and doors. Now the next most important reasons trail 18% behind energy-saving in the survey: 43% say making their home more comfortable is their most important reason, and 42% say it is making their home look better.

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Saudi Arabia to become more insulated than ever!

Green Prophet

The action intends to substantially reduce energy consumption and waste, as a properly insulated structure can reduce electricity bills up to 40 percent. Hossam Al Rashodi, CEO of Maskan Arabia Real Estate Development Company, told Maktoob News that the Saudi Building Code should also be amended to oblige developers to use energy efficient materials.

Morocco’s Atlas Kasbah Eco-Lodge is 80% Solar-Powered

Green Prophet

It may look like a castle, but this beautiful red-earth building is actually an 11-roomed hotel that receives 80% of its energy from the sun. No doubt relying on their extensive education, the couple have devised a multi-tiered approach to making the Atlas Kasbah worthy of its title as a sustainable development, namely: water conservation, energy conservation, waste management, traditional architecture and energy. The pair also use low-energy light bulbs.

TOP 10 TIPS TO KEEP ENERGY BILLS DOWN

Green (Living) Review

Some timely energy saving advice to homeowners from the HVCA, the officially recognised organisation representing central heating contractors December 2009 - Energy prices have remained at record levels despite substantial falls in wholesale costs and the “big six” energy giants have told regulator OFGEM that it is unlikely gas and electricity prices will be cut in 2010. Insulate the cylinder to avoid wasting energy.

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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Announces End of Operations

Sierra Club Compass

Each closing is further proof that the price and safety costs of nuclear energy are too high for the energy source to be competitive with other sources. The continuing costs to operate and maintain our ageing nuclear reactor fleet, don't make sense in the current market of low renewable energy prices. The nuclear reactor closures are further proof that it is time to invest in safe, clean and cheap energy sources like wind and solar.

British public in the dark over the Green Deal, says ECA

Green (Living) Review

A staggering 62 per cent have never even heard of the scheme, despite this being the Government’s flagship energy saving initiative. However, after explaining the Green Deal scheme*, the figures also showed that approximately 53 per cent of people would be interested in participating in the scheme that ensures energy bills that are equal to or cheaper than their current bills, with no upfront costs – effectively what the new scheme offers.

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Why the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act Is a Big, Awesome Deal

Sightline Daily

Every ton of pollution they cut by making their operations more efficient is one less allowance they have to pay for. Prices will probably start around $12 per ton for the state’s biggest polluters, and will tick up gradually over time as less pollution is allowed and allowances become scarce. Oil companies will talk ad nauseam about gas prices and the “gas tax” because they want to protect their profits, not because they are concerned about consumers.

Tackling the problem of fuel poverty

Eco Friendly Daily

million households in the UK were in fuel poverty in 2010, according to the most recent figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. A combination of low incomes, high energy prices and generally poor standards of heating and insulation across the country mean millions of people are struggling to heat their homes throughout the winter, with some even finding it necessary to make a choice between food and heating. Alternative Energy Solar Power Some 3.5

Big freeze highlights problem of UK's cold homes

Green (Living) Review

The poll, commissioned by the environmental campaigning charity, found that 57 per cent of Britons kept the heating on non-stop for more than 12 hours to try to stay warm – despite energy price hikes that have seen the average annual gas and electricity bill rise to £1,228. However, does anyone see a landlord, whether public or private, worry as to how much energy and thus money tenants waste to heat their homes?

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Electric cars – do zero emissions add up?

Green (Living) Review

C02 emissions of electric cars compared Buying an electric car may seem to be the green option when the energy label states Zero CO2 emissions. Calculate the CO2 emissions produced to generate that amount of mains electricity, using the National Energy Foundations formula, and that equates to 94 grams of CO2. Thus making the diesel Clio more CO2 efficient by 206 kilograms per year, based on an annual mileage of 12,000 miles.

Dash for Gas Isn’t all it’s fracked up to be

Green (Living) Review

There have also been mixed messages in the UK, with some touting shale as a long-term panacea for energy security, and others suggesting that energy prices will show a similar fall to those in the US. It is time for sound, evidence-based objectivity coupled to a renewed and long-term government commitment to a renewables-centred energy mix. CIWEM’s Executive Director, Nick Reeves OBE, says: “As a carbon based fuel shale gas is not a sustainable energy source.

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New Hampshire: Clean Energy is One of Our Primary Concerns

Conservancy Talk

While attention is fixed on the New Hampshire primary, Granite Staters of all political stripes support a clean energy future. But they’re also asking about energy and climate. When the votes are all cast and the national press moves on to the next big state, we’ll still be talking about clean energy. We can lead the way on the critical energy policies facing the nation, if we work together the New Hampshire way.

Geothermal Energy Pros and Cons

Greentumble

Heat that is a great source of thermal energy. Geothermal energy is energy contained beneath Earth’s crust. A connection of the words ‘geo’ and ‘thermal’ simply refer to the origin of this energy, where ‘geo’ stands for earth and ‘thermal’ for heat. What is geothermal energy? Geothermal energy comes in the form of heat produced within the Earth. How is geothermal energy produced? Keep on reading to learn about pros and cons of geothermal energy.

150 Plants Retired: Another Major Milestone Hit in Moving Beyond Coal

Sierra Club Compass

That campaign included a relentless effort to focus on the pollution from this massive plant, and to push hard for wind, solar, and energy efficiency to replace it. Transitioning away from dirty coal and towards renewable energy sources including offshore wind and solar power will create jobs, grow our regional economy and provide our families and businesses with safer, more reliable power for the future.". Clean energy industries now employ nearly 200,000 Americans.

Watt does it cost to run an electric heater?

Green (Living) Review

As the weather turns chilly, keeping warm at home is important and it’s tempting to warm up a room with an electric heater, but with concerns over energy bills, can you get energy efficient electric heaters? Halogen heaters convert up to 86% of their input power to radiant energy. Well, it still uses the same amount of energy as other 2kW heaters but it does heat a room up efficiently by directing the heat around better.

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Iran Quit Dirty Energy Subsidies And Survived

Green Prophet

Iran becomes an unlikely leader by ending dirty energy subsidies. Iran has done what every politician on earth secretly dreams they could do: enforced the end of dirty energy subsidies. Mr. Dominique Guillaume and his posse from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently paid a visit to Iran in order to assess damages after the country increased energy, public transportation and bread and wheat prices in December, 2010. No more energy waste.

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Turn up the heat with a wood burning stove

Green (Living) Review

However, when the outside temperatures don’t justify the use of central heating, a secondary heating system can provide a reliable and efficient source of warmth. Until now, the most popular forms of secondary heating have been open or gas effect fires – however neither heating method is particularly efficient. And in the face of rising energy prices and a greater focus on carbon reduction, consumers are recognising the benefits of wood burning stoves as a secondary heating system.

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Was the Arab Spring Good for Renewable Energy?

Green Prophet

How is the Arab Spring, which has caused massive financial losses on one side, also able to influence growth and development of renewable and green sources of energy? There is no doubt that the Arab Spring has had a significant influence on oil prices. Mohammed Al Hamli, the United Arab Emirates’ oil minister, recently said that a reasonable price for oil would be around $80 to $100 a barrel. Renewable energy has become more attractive.

Subsides Jeopardize Renewable Energy Projects In The Middle East

Green Prophet

Energy subsidies keeping petrol and electricity prices low in the Middle East are jeopardizing the chances of renewable energy projects. The steady supply of cheap energy also means that petrol prices in Gulf nations are some of the lowest in the world, with many paying under $0.2 In fact it represents a wasteful use of energy that is driven by energy subsidies. from the same unit of energy. GDP per unit of energy.

Survey Says: Americans want to cut carbon pollution

Sightline Daily

Voters overwhelmingly want to see the country move away from coal and toward renewable energy. A strong majority (61 to 33) believes that as a country we should be investing more in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources like wind and solar vs. investments in traditional energy sources like coal, oil, and gas. Climate & Energy

A Climate Mainstream that Crosses Party Lines?

Sightline Daily

In other words, Republicans are not a “monolithic block of global warming policy opponents” or science deniers or clean energy naysayers. As the Yale researchers put it, this potentially forms a “moderate, middle ground public” that could tackle important national questions of climate pollution, clean energy, and energy efficiency. Climate & Energy Photo Credit: wietse?

More Brits die from cold than do Siberians

Green (Living) Review

This problem is only exacerbated by a lack of regulation of the energy markets – each time global energy prices rise the energy bills go higher, each time they fall, the bills stay the same. The price rises are exacerbated by policies that penalize the poor. Those who consume the most energy, which turn out to be generally the rich, are subsidized by everyone else: they pay a lower tariff beyond a certain level of use.

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Reggie Recommends

Sightline Daily

The entire US economy has been slowly backing away from its unhealthy, codependent relationship with energy use, but RGGI’s economy has really broken it off. The big secrets to scaling down emissions while maintaining a healthy economy are: 1) increase energy efficiency, and 2) decrease imports of dirty out-of-state power. That should make Cascadia’s ears perk up: we have some great energy efficiency experience, and most of our dirty power comes from out of state.

Devon Adopts Eco Homes

Eco Friendly Daily

This is where energy efficiency can come in, whether or not it can save the world it can certainly save you money. The hot water is heated using solar panels, a highly efficient and of course free system to use. Last but not least there are the small touches such as energy efficient light bulbs throughout the house as well as the use of combination boilers that only come on when they are strictly needed there is no wasteful preheating of water to sit in hot water tanks.

In From the Cold

Sightline Daily

Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score In From the Cold Posted by Roger Valdez 12/10/2010 01:59 PM Recent energy assistance cuts forshadow effect of debt fears. But an irrational fear of debt is a big mistake—especially when it comes to energy efficiency. Check out this news report about big cuts in federal energy assistance. Helping these families pay their energy bills is a stop gap at best.

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EU climate deal to help overcome financial crisis

Green (Living) Review

Critics have said that the financial crisis makes it very difficult for industry to make the necessary big investments in clean energy. Poland and other ex-communist countries that our now member states of the European Union have expressed concern that carbon dioxide curbs could stunt their economic growth by sharply increasing energy prices. According to Dimas this package is good for Europe because Europe's economy will become more efficient by implementing it.

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US Climate Attitudes: Bigger head, smaller tail

Sightline Daily

The drawbacks most likely to be cited were increased government regulation and higher energy prices; these were the top two drawbacks for every segment. (It How do Americans feel about national-level climate and energy policies? Majorities of all Six Americas say the US should increase its use of renewable energy. Americans want more clean energy and less fossil fuels. Climate & Energy

Sustainability Science Fellowships at Harvard University

The Green Changemakers

This year’s competition is focused on three thematic areas related to energy and sustainability. We are seeking applications focusing on: 1) decarbonizing energy systems in the European Union; 2) designing, developing, and/or implementing sustainable energy technologies and policies in China; and 3) the impacts of fossil fuel subsidies on economic, environmental, and health indicators and the actions that can be taken to reduce them. Education Energy Research Sustainability

American Support for a Carbon Tax

Sightline Daily

Depending on how survey questions are worded, support has been hovering around 50 percent—and nudging up to 60 percent on a good day , but dropping to below half when increases in energy costs are specified, or, surprisingly, when there’s mention of tax rebates or refunds. 64 percent favored the tax when presented with the rebuttal that it would spur clean energy investments and fund efforts to combat the effects of climate change. Climate & Energy

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Message to enviros: chill on the carbon tax (and don't dismiss cap-and-trade so easily)

Environmental Economics

Carbon taxes are the only policy tool that, by slashing demand in a rapid, predictable way, divests our economy from fossil fuels and enables governments, business, and consumers to make investments in the transition to clean energy. With Republicans tightly lashed to climate denial, the value of Baker’s carbon-tax proposal may be less as a gateway to legislation and more as a spur for progressives and other citizens to take a clear look at carbon pricing.

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17 Things to Know About California’s Carbon Cap

Sightline Daily

Such a cap is the principal alternative to a carbon tax—such as British Columbia’s carbon tax shift —as a method for putting a price on carbon in Oregon and Washington. Either way, Cascadia’s climate warriors would do well to study how their southern neighbor put a price on carbon, because the Golden State’s rules form the dominant carbon trading market in North America. These credits are a blunt instrument for sharing carbon-pricing revenue. Climate & Energ

2025 The Future of Our Mobility and Our Cities

The Green Changemakers

The truth of it is that our politicians still don’t know how to get their electorates on board with the idea of a low-carbon, super-efficient society, and have been next to useless at spelling out all the economic benefits that will flow as a result of this transition. Perhaps the most important flash point in today’s energy debate has to do with mobility. Using IT networks to connect and coordinate cars and public transport can also help optimize energy efficiency.

The Future of Mobility ad Our Cities

The Green Changemakers

The truth of it is that our politicians still don’t know how to get their electorates on board with the idea of a low-carbon, super-efficient society, and have been next to useless at spelling out all the economic benefits that will flow as a result of this transition. Perhaps the most important flash point in today’s energy debate has to do with mobility. Using IT networks to connect and coordinate cars and public transport can also help optimize energy efficiency.

Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable U.S.A. Energy Outlook

The Green Changemakers

The newly released Greenpeace report, Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable U.S.A. Energy Outlook , details how the United States can cut greenhouse gas emissions to the levels we must reach in order to prevent the worst effects of global warming and simultaneously build a sustainable economy. The Energy [R]evolution U.S. can use energy more efficiently and increase renewable energy generating capacity to cut current C02 emissions levels some 23% by 2020 and 85% by 2050.

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