Thursday, July 16, 2015

Energy News

UK scraps zero carbon home target
Housebuilders, planners and green groups have condemned the government for scrapping plans to make all new UK homes carbon neutral.
The zero carbon homes policy was first announced in 2006 by the then-chancellor Gordon Brown, who said Britain was the first country to make such a commitment.
It would have ensured that all new dwellings from 2016 would generate as much energy on-site – through renewable sources, such as wind or solar power – as they would use in heating, hot water, lighting and ventilation. This was to be supported by tighter energy efficiency standards that would come into force in 2016, and a scheme which would allow housebuilders to deliver equivalent carbon savings off site. More ...
Meanwhile ….

Britain’s first ‘energy positive’ house opens in Wales

Britain’s first low cost ‘energy positive’ house, which can generate more electricity than its occupants will use, opens on Thursday despite George Osborne axing plans to make housebuilders meet tough low carbon housing targets from next year.
The modest three-bedroom house built in just 16 weeks on an industrial estate outside Bridgend in Wales cost just £125,000 to build and, said its Cardiff University designers, will let occupants use the sun to pay the rent.
Using batteries to store the electricity which it generates from the solar panels that function as the roof, and having massive amounts of insulation to reduce energy use in winter months, it should be able to export electricity to the national grid for eight months of the year. More ...
And on Tuesday in The House

MPs voted to introduce a tax on renewable energy for non-domestic users.

The tax is known as the Climate Change Levy. That is, its key aim is/ now was to encourage business users of electricity to increase energy efficiency and to reduce carbon emissions by providing an incentive to er… how can I put this, use electricity generated from clean renewable sources.

Only 7 of Her Majesty’s official opposition, as opposed to any real opposition, voted against this totally illogical and contradictory Resolution.

For the record only one Redbridge MP voted in the division, Ian Duncan Smith in favour. The other three, John Cryer, Mike Gapes and Wes Streeting either abstained or were not present.

Here’s some thoughts from Andrew Cooper – Zero Commitment
He’s one of the Greens up in Kirklees, Yorkshire responsible for their home insulation project.

And here is Glenn Vowles describing a sustainable business park development in Bristol.