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The 25-year deal has been awarded to the Perth utility's Tay Valley Lighting subsidiary under a private finance initiative. Some 70 per cent of the fixtures are set to be replaced during an initial four-year investment period. Colin Hood, chief operating officer of SSE, said: "SSE is well established as the UK's leading street lighting contractor and this contract will build on that."
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
The UK was already working behind the scenes to ensure British companies did not lose out to competitors in the region, reveal strategy papers that were discussed at the highest level across Whitehall just days after President George W Bush declared "mission accomplished" in May 2003.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iraqi-oil-supply-was-considered-to-be-vital-to-british-interests-2270072.html
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Monday, 18 April 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
Brad Fields, 39, spent most of his adult career working in production at NUMMI, the Fremont auto plant that shut down a year ago.
Now Fields is production manager at Bloom Energy, the Sunnyvale fuel-cell company that has a bold mission: to make clean, reliable energy affordable to everyone in the world.
Thursday, 14 April 2011
The comments will be displayed on an LED screen located conspicuously outside Facebook's California office so as to encourage the company to meet Greenpeace’s Earth Day challenge to announce a plan that would phase out its use of coal power over the next decade.
“In places as diverse as Cairo and Madison, Wisconsin, Facebook is helping to foster activism and foment reform,” Greenpeace Campaigner Casey Harrell said. “Now Facebook needs to lead a new energy revolution by committing to phase out coal and power its transformative services with clean, safe renewable energy.”
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
A DECC official said that the issue of compensation was being discussed, but no final decision had been made.
The revelation that the Government is looking at compensation schemes comes as the Renewable Energy Association reveals the results of an exclusive survey of its members for This is Money's sister title, Financial Mail.
The survey shows that dozens of entrepreneurs have lost nearly three million pounds on preparing for projects that have now had to be cancelled because of the change in Government policy.
BrightSource Energy said today it has secured financing for a utility-scale solar plant in the California desert, the first project of this type to be built in the U.S. in decades.
The Oakland, Calif.-based company said that it has finalized $1.6 billion in loans guaranteed from the U.S. Department of Energy for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, a facility which will have three concentrating solar thermal plants.
The company also said today Google will invest $168 million in equity into the project, joining BrightSource and NRG Solar, a division of utility NRG. The Ivanpah facility will have a capacity of 370 megawatts (it will have a total 392 megawatt capacity and require 22 megawatts to operate) and is expected to be operating in 2013. It will generate enough electricity to supply about 85,000 homes, according to the DOE, while BrightSource Energy estimates 140,000 homes based on its utility power purchase agreement.
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
According to Google’s European Policy blog, the transaction still requires the formal approval of the German authorities and is subject to other customary closing conditions.
Facebook answers green critics with datacentre design disclosure - Facebook has launched a major new initiative designed to share its server and datacentre designs with rivals, in a move that the company claims could save enough energy to power over 100,000 homes.
The Open Compute Project (OCP) will allow the wider IT industry to access the design secrets behind the social network's new datacentre in Prineville, Oregon, which the company says uses 38 per cent less power than existing server farms.
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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said that engineers have been working for the past 18 months on new designs that would fit large-scale computing needs while significantly enhancing energy efficiency.
British natural gas prices rose on Monday after a Norwegian gas field shut, driving inputs from liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals up to near capacity, while curve prices eased with oil.
Norway’s Visund field in the North Sea was shutdown over the weekend after a gas leak, with flows from Norway into England falling sharply on Monday morning, while high exports to continental Europe supported demand.
“That’s what is impacting Norwegian flows. I guess that’s mostly likely brought the Norwegians out into the spot market to cover their sales,” one UK gas market analyst said.
Inputs into the grid from the South Hook, Isle of Grain and Dragon LNG terminals shot up to make up for the drop in supply, encouraged by a surge to 59.00 pence per therm by 0800 GMT for gas delivered on Monday, but spot prices eased later.
Monday, 11 April 2011
A stirling engine is extremely simple heat exchange engine and works by low temperature difference between two metal surfaces. One surface is heated at one end of the engine while other is cooled down on the other end, causing the air to expand near the hot surface (high temperature) and compress near the cold surface (low temperature). This expansion and compression of air within the engine cylinder enables the movement of displacer or piston in upward and downward motion between the two surfaces into a cycle or loop. This efficient heat engine was invented by Robert Stirling in 1816 as an alternative to steam engines at that time and a great contribution in heat engine technology.
Stirling Engine Basics Explained
An ideal model for understanding the basics of a Stirling engine consists of a closed cylinder containing two metal surfaces (aluminium) at top and bottom of the cylinder. A displacer is placed between the two plates which is connected to a flywheel through a wire to transfer mechanical energy during upward motion. When one plate is heated for example; bottom plate, the air near that plate expands and causing the displacer to move upward. On the other hand flywheel is connected to a small piston which takes the mechanical energy from flywheel and push the displacer to aid in downward motion. When displacer reaches top position the small piston moves downward enabling the compress air to fill in the cylinder and push the displacer downward. Making a loop of upward and downward motion of both displacer and piston, resulting in the circular motion of flywheel.
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Friday, 8 April 2011
The leap in prices follows the ongoing political crisis in the Middle East and a surge in demand in Japan, when nuclear plants were shut down after the earthquake last month.
Consumer groups said that the “Big Six” energy firms were rushing to pass on the rise in wholesale fuel costs to households.
New price hikes could be added to consumers' bills by the start of the summer, some experts say.
The price of wholesale gas has jumped by a third in the past two months, while wholesale electricity prices have risen by 40 per cent in the last year.
“A decision has been taken to shut down eight plants before the end of this year and they definitely won't be reactivated. And the remaining nine will be shut down by the end of the decade," Juergen Becker, Germany's deputy environment minister, told Reuters on Monday. “Japan has shown that even if there is a miniscule occurrence, the residual risk is too high to justify the continuation of nuclear power.... It is better to go for other energy services in a civilized country," he said.http://www.presstv.ir/detail/173063.html
The £550m sale of energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie to Charterhouse, the secretive private equity firm, may be announced on Monday in what would be the biggest UK private equity deal this year
Charterhouse, which has entered exclusive negotiations to buy Wood Mackenzie from rival private equity firm Candover, has been given until the end of Monday to complete the deal, according to people close to the situation.
On Sunday, sources said they were expecting a deal to be announced on Monday morning or early Tuesday.
Wood Mackenzie, which is chaired by Sir George Mathewson, former Royal Bank of Scotland chairman, provides research and consultancy services for energy giants such as Shell and BP.
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
their most competitive tariffs. In some cases, they were replaced by products costing nearly £200 a year more. In the space of just six weeks, the cost of the average best-buy energy deal has jumped from £913 to £947. That would be higher again but for the continued availability of the Websaver tariff from Scottish Gas, at an average annual cost of £855, said Tom Lyon, energy expert with website uSwitch.com.http://business.scotsman.com/business/End-of-best-energy-deals.6746621.jp
Energy customers who fail to shop around are paying £170 more a year on bills than they need to, the UK energy regulator has said.
Ofgem said people who were "not active in the market" were missing out on the best deals.
It has unveiled a new online element to its Energy Best Deal campaign.
The scheme already offers face-to-face advice on cutting bills through the Citizens Advice Bureau in England and Wales.
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
The first subsea electricity cable between Britain and the Netherlands opened last week, starting the integration of the UK and European energy markets.
The 260km BritNed interconnector, a joint venture by National Grid and its Dutch equivalent TenneT, began operating on 1 April, allowing up to 1GW of power to flow between the two countries.
This is the first step toward a system that could allow Britain to make the best use of its growing supply of intermittent renewable energy, as well as helping to stabilise wholesale energy prices.
The coalition government is opening a legal loophole that could allow taxpayer-funded guarantees to nuclear power stations, while publicly insisting that the industry will stand on its own.
An obscure clause in the forthcoming energy bill, seen by the Guardian, means that nuclear power companies could in future be eligible for bailouts, despite ministers' repeated denials that no public subsidies would be made available. The move also threatens to open cracks in the coalition over nuclear energy, with Liberal Democrat members and grassroots opposed to the technology.
Monday, 4 April 2011
Near-term wholesale British gas prices fell as inputs from liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals hit record highs on Monday, while curve contracts rose as oil markets rallied, traders said.
Combined inputs of gas from the terminals at Milford Haven in south Wales and Isle of Grain near London peaked at around 119 million cubic metres a day at around 0910 GMT on Monday, surpassing the previous record set on Jan. 21, 2011 when demand for gas was higher.
The huge quantity of gas being sent into the network, enough to meet about 40 percent of UK demand for Monday if the flow rate is sustained, helped drive prices for gas delivered on Monday down to 57.25 pence, compared with last week’s close of 61.20 pence, before firming to 58.80 pence at 1010 GMT.
Gas for Tuesday fell to 58 pence, with large flows from Britain’s LNG terminals and a long line of tankers queuing up to restock them offsetting low supplies through Norway’s Langeled gas pipeline.
Last week, Newton successfully defended a hotel business in court against attempts by BES to disconnect it in a dispute over bills.
The bogus offer of a refund comes in an email purporting to be from British Gas. One email headed “refund notification” said the recipient was due a refund of £722.80, but would need to fax copies of a passport or driving licence in order to receive it.
It said: “After the last annual calculation of your gas and electricity activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a refund of 732.80 GBP. Please submit the refund request and allow us 5-7 days in order to process it.
“Please fax the following 2 documents in order to have us process your request ... a legible, colour digital photograph or scan of both sides of your government-issued ID (eg driver’s permit or passport).”
Friday, 1 April 2011
to IBM. The computer manufacturer is urging the UK government to scrutinise the
energy efficiency of IT equipment as a way to cut public spending dramatically. An IBM white paper states: "40% of an average business's total energy bill is
eaten up by IT and information systems equipment. Changing the underlying
configuration and design of key devices could lead to substantial savings." According to IBM, datacentres usually consume approximately 40% of IT energy.
However 60% of IT's energy footprint is taken up by what IBM calls the
distributed environment. This covers everything from fax machines and photocopiers to mobile working equipment and voice communications. http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2011/03/30/246108/IBM-says-inefficient...
Gregor Alexander, finance director of renewable energy company Airtricity, believes Ireland is not maximising its potential in the development of offshore wind and marine generation.
Addressing more than 400 delegates at the annual conference of the Irish Wind Energy Association at the Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin, Alexander said Ireland is being left behind in the development of offshore wind and marine generation.
"Returns on our Irish onshore wind farms are marginal. More attractive returns are available in the UK. Of even more concern is that Ireland is being left behind in the development of offshore wind and marine generation. These technologies offer considerable export and job opportunities but Ireland is not maximising them," he said.
Alexander believes that in order to optimise the renewable energy sector in Ireland, we must widen the interconnection plans to include not only the UK, but France, as well.
Royal Bank of Scotland has seen a surge in demand from German investors for structured products linked to solar and renewable energy
The disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant has sparked Europe-wide debate about the safety of nuclear power. And now Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in Germany has seen a revival in demand from investors for structures and indexes linked to solar and renewable energy.