Tag Archive: Renewable energy

  1. Marshfield Energy Project wins £20,000 grant

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    A bid we submitted to the Rural Community Energy Fund has been approved and a new project will be under way very soon.

    This project will comprise a feasibility study for a renewable energy scheme for Marshfield which will update our figures from 2012 on wind and solar power and add in the option of Anaerobic Digestion.

    Anaerobic Digestion ( AD) is a natural process where plant and animal materials ( biomass) are broken down by micro-organisms in the absence of air:

    • The AD process begins when biomass is put inside a sealed tank or digester.
    • Naturally occurring micro-organisms digest the biomass, which releases a methane-rich gas ( biogas) that can be used to generate renewable heat and power; this helps cut fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    • The remaining material ( digestate) is rich in nutrients, so it can be used as a fertiliser.

    Many forms of biomass are suitable for AD; including food waste, slurry and manure, as well as crops and crop residues.

    When the studies are complete we will be holding an event to explain the findings and get your feedback on next steps. We’re not going to do anything without the support and backing of the community, so this feedback will be very important.

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  2. Energising Communities – Programme

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    Here is the programme for the day:

    10.30am Registration and coffee
    11.00-11.15 Introduction by Mark Letcher, Climate Works
    Welcome address by Karen Wilkinson, Marshfield Energy Project
    Community Energy in context, Tim Willmott, Marshfield Energy Project
    11.15-11.35 What’s driving community energy? Merlin Hyman, Chief Executive, Regen SW
    Implications and opportunities for local communities. Karen Wilkinson, Marshfield Energy Project
    11.35-12.05 Energising our community. Tony Kerr, Marshfield Energy Project
    12.05-12.20pm Break – tea/coffee
    12.20-12.50 Questions & Answers to speakers
    12.50-1.50 Lunch
    1.50-2.20 Community Energy – how we approached this.
    Philip Wolfe – West Mills Solar
    Peter Capener – Bath & West Community Energy
    Jane Brady – TRESOC (Totnes Renewable Energy Society)
    2.20-2.45 Panel discussion
    2.45-3.00 Tea/coffee
    3.00-3.30 Rt Hon Vince Cable
    3.30-3.35 Thanks and close

     

    Download the programme here: Energising Communities Programme

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  3. Potential Energy – Potential Jobs: building a low carbon economy in south west England

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    A new report by Regen SW, the renewable energy experts, reveals we are at risk of missing out on the opportunity to create 24,000 new jobs in renewable energy by 2020.

    The report “Potential Energy – Potential Jobs: building a low carbon economy in south west England” analyses progress in renewable energy technologies like wind, solar, marine and biomass. It shows we have made good progress doubling renewable energy, but that on current trends the south west will achieve about 9 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020 – well short of the government’s UK wide target for 15 per cent.

    At this rate of growth the number of people employed in renewables will grow from the 10,000 people currently employed to some 15,500 by 2020. However, if growth accelerates to meet the 15 per cent target we could reach 34,000 renewable energy jobs by 2020.

    The report sets out six key measures for success:

    1. Clear, consistent and certain national policy framework for renewable energy
    2. Local planning policies that back renewable energy
    3. Investment in the local electricity grid to cope with decentralised energy
    4. Improved engagement between local communities and renewable energy developers
    5. LEP & local authorities putting renewable energy at the top of the growth agenda for infrastructure and skills investment
    6. Industry and academia collaboration on new technologies.

    Regen SW is now working on a ‘South West Renewable Energy Manifesto’ to respond to the findings and will be inviting local MPs, public sector and business leaders to sign up later in the year.

    press release by RegenSW
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  4. tresoc – Totnes Renewable Energy Society

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    TRESOC was set up by a group of  residents from Totnes and environs who were concerned about the threats of depleting global oil and gas supplies (peak oil) and the impacts of climate change.

    The current Board of Directors represents a positive complement of skills, local knowledge, experience, passion and commitment. They include people with skills that include management, finance, business law, marketing and communications.

    Their projects include wind, solar photovoltaic, anaerobic digestion and tidal power.

    It hasn’t been all plain sailing: their flagship project – for a two wind turbines – was rejected by council planners. Sixteen voted in favour of refusing the scheme, three were in favour and four abstained in the meeting at South Hams District Council.

    TRESOC’s aims are:

    • To develop the profitable supply of energy from renewable resources for the benefit of the community resident within Totnes and 15 surrounding Parishes
    • To ensure the democratic control of the renewable energy resources by the local community through the establishment of an extensive membership of the Society
    • To ensure that the maximum value from development of these resources shall be retained within the local economy.
    • To provide an opportunity for public-spirited people and organisations to contribute financially to the community with the expectation of a social dividend as well as a financial return

     

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  5. High Court on the side of wind turbines

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    Judge Quashes Milton Keynes Wind Turbine Planning Document

    In what could be a landmark ruling on local planning policy about wind turbines, the High Court ruled in favour of  a challenge by RWE npower renewables to the Milton Keynes Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on Wind Turbines.

    The High Court has ruled that the way in which Milton Keynes Council imposed fixed separation distances between turbines and dwellings was introduced incorrectly, breaching Regulation 8(3) of the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2012.

    Dr Wayne Cranstone, RWE npower renewables onshore development and projects director said: “On the matter of buffer zone policies more generally, the Judge concluded that National Guidance “plainly indicates” that local authorities should not have a policy that planning permission for a wind turbine should be refused if a minimum separation distance is not met… We welcome the clarity the Court has brought to this matter, and we believe this will help both the wind industry and local authorities in determining appropriate policies for the siting of commercial wind farms”

    Commenting on the ruling, RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “We welcome today’s decision as it provides the wind industry with the certainty it needs to get on with the job of generating more clean electricity for British homes.

    “Many local councils are aware of the benefits of wind energy – onshore wind is a growth industry for the UK, bringing much needed jobs and investment. Every megawatt of wind energy we install generates £700,000 worth of value for the UK, of which £100,000 stays in the local area. In real terms this equates to contracts for local businesses and jobs for local people.

    “Wind energy also offers us an escape route from costly imports of fossil fuels, by generating power from a home-grown resource which will never run out. This gives us a valuable prize: energy security. Onshore wind is the most cost-effective form of renewable energy we have, so we should be using it as widely as possible to protect all of us against soaring electricity bills.

    “RenewableUK strongly believes it’s inappropriate for councils to impose arbitrary limits on where renewable energy projects should be located. Blanket bans and buffer zones are blunt instruments which take no account of local conditions. Each proposal should be examined on a case by case basis so that a well-balanced decision can be reached. As two-thirds of the British public consistently support wind energy, their views should be given due weight in the democratic process”.
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