(This may be why the UK is so keen for Ireland to adopt the large scale midlands windfarm project that is in the media presently.  For more information on this very large and important project in the midlands, see http://www.greenwire.ie,   Richard)

Fossil fuel generation

Fossil fuel generation

There is a “significant risk” that the UK’s progress on renewable energy generation will not be sustained, according to report out today.

Independent body The Committee on Climate Change has warned that “it is essential to provide more confidence to investors that the government is committed to sector decarbonisation”.

The warning comes in the CCC’s annual report to ministers, which states that while progress has been made on hitting emissions targets, more needs to be done to stay on track.

As well as boosting investor confidence in renewable energy, the CCC says the government must also focus more on carbon capture and storage nuclear new build and put in place “arrangements to support ongoing investment programmes” for both technologies.

CCC chief executive David Kennedy said “there remains a very significant challenge” for the government to hit its own carbon targets — a 3 percent drop in by 2018 — and he stressed that “action is required to develop and implement new policies. A failure to do this would raise the costs and risks associated with moving to a low-carbon economy.”

Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK increased by 3.5 percent last year, due mainly to cold winter and a switch from gas to coal in power generation.

After taking these temporary effects into account, the CCC says emissions would have fallen by up to 1.5 percent.

The report states that record levels of onshore and offshore wind generation capacity were added to the system in 2012, however it warns that “the slow movement of offshore wind projects into construction suggests that investments are now being delayed until implementing arrangements for the Electricity Market Reform are finalised”.

The Electricity Market Reform is currently making its way through parliament via the government’s Energy Bill and is the biggest shake-up of the UK power sector in years. It will introduce contracts for difference — a price that the government agrees to pay power firms for the electricity that they generate. The price will differ for each technology, however no firm sum has yet been revealed for any form of power, which many in and out of the industry say is causing investors to stall investment in the UK.

The CCC report was welcomed by Rhian Kelly, director for business environment policy at the Confederation of British Industry, who said: “There’s no room for complacency if we are to make the move to a low-carbon economy.

“The report shows just how urgently we need to get the Energy Bill on the statute books and see details of the Electricity Market Reform package.”

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, said: “In difficult economic times, it’s the sustainable economy which is forging ahead: green businesses are outgrowing the rest of the economy and the anaerobic digestion industry alone grew by almost 50 percent last year.

“Our industry is on the road to delivering the carbon savings and renewable energy which we need to meet our targets for 2020 and 2050.

“However, as the CCC’s report shows, there is still a huge amount to do to meet these ambitions. We need stronger co-ordination between departments to deliver policies which support our carbon and energy targets.”

 

Courtesy of Renewable Energy World article.

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Kingston Renewable Energy (KRE), Hydropower products, wind energy, renewable energy products, We manufacture, supply and install. Richard Kingston KRE is the home of Fluxy, a beautiful Irish made wind turbine designed to last several life-times, and a host of other Hydro products branded under KRE hydro. KRE HYDRO- KRE are currently installing a range of Hydro products including high head low flow systems and low head high flow. These are pelton and Turgo types for high head, crossflow Banki turbines for medium to low head and Powerpal for Ultra low head. We also plan to introduce a custom timber/steel/aluminium waterwheel service for those of you who are lucky enough to have disused mills on their land and who would like to restore them to their former glory (and make a healthy profit in the process). All hydro installations are custom designed. This is necessary because everybody's land and water resource is different and to benefit from the highest efficiency and lowest payback time the hydro system must be customized according to what flow, penstock length required, and what head is available. Hydropower is currently by far the most cost effective renewable resource in Ireland under the existing Feed in tariff structure and export rate of 9c per unit (wholesale rate for bigger systems is €0.087/kWh). It is surprising how much energy is to be harvested from even a small stream and we are offering 4 to 7 year payback times on average and high profits thereafter. KRE FLUXY- It has been a long journey from when I originally set out to buy a wind turbine to power my own house in 2007 and discovered that the existing machines on offer in the market failed to meet my desires as a customer; that is, to possess an aesthetically designed machine with a low embodied carbon footprint and a long design lifespan. This led to my resolve to make this a possibility as I knew there were other like minded folks out there who had the same needs when buying into renewable energy. I have always been a keen environmental activist and had a strong understanding of engineering and material sciences which enabled me to see failings in the high tech electronically controlled machines commonly available today. These weaknesses come from over complicating the wind system with servo motors, sensors, gear trains, relays and logic circuits; fine for large utility scale turbines which are constantly monitored and have continual maintenance on site but not for a small wind turbine in the back yard to run the house. I could see that wind turbines needed to be brought back to a less complicated yet modern design that would withstand time and the turbulent and violent winds we see in Ireland and fulfilling the old engineers adage of ‘KISS’ or ‘keep it simple stupid’. With less component parts, there are less things to go wrong. My vision was to create a machine that offered the benefits of being an economic investment, a positive for the environment and also to be a design piece that our customers are proud to have flying in their grounds. And so, I present you with the fully mechanical Kingston Renewable Energy Fluxy wind turbine. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or think you may have a good wind site. We will happily do a site assessment come rain or shine. Stay posted for the monthly blogs from our inspirational team here at KRE. Check out our latest installments in our crusade to get higher feed-in tariffs in Ireland so that we can compete with the rest of Europe in the micro-generation stakes. The Hydro section of our website will be updated shortly to show our newest installations and showcase our products. Yours sincerely, Richard Kingston

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