Archive for February, 2014


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Lets Get Energized says:
Get Ready for the Dorchester Renewable Energy Exhibition


Category: Biomass Energy, Climate Change, Electric Transport, Energy Deals & Offers, Energy Efficiency, Energy Events in Dorset, Fuel Poverty & Security, Green Electricity & Gas, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Sustainable Living, Wind Power
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Dorset Energized, the website that informs the county about all things renewable, is hosting our first Exhibition in Dorchester to celebrate Climate Change Week 2014!

Dorchester Renewable Energy Exhibition and Forum
Saturday 8th March, 9.30am until 2.00pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange
FREE admission

There is a strong line up of exhibitors who can advise on Solar PV, Biomass Heating, Thermal Heating, Energy Savings, Green Energy, Eco Design and Sustainable Planning.

We will have the new 100% electric Nissan LEAF car on show and an exciting range of new model Electric Bikes.

Renewable Energy companies will be outlining exciting new projects across Dorset.

Our aim is to demonstrate the opportunities for strong Community involvement in schemes to create local energy and reduce the cost of energy to people living nearby.

There will be a continuous Forum being lead by local Hydro Expert Keith Wheaton Green where we shall have leading speakers talking about a miriad of subjects with lots of time for questions from all our visitors.

We hope that this will be a great opportunity for the people of Dorchester and its surrounding areas to really engage with the opportunities that Renewable Energy offers both in reducing the burden of energy costs and making a contribution to the reduction in CO2 within Dorset.

Click here for the full list of Exhibitors >>



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Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Blandford Hill Wind Farm Exhibition


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On Saturday the 15th February 2014, I attended the exhibition for the proposed 4 turbine Wind Farm at Blandford Hill, near Winterbourne Whitechurch, being developed by REG Windpower. The exhibition was held in the Winterbourne Whitechurch village hall and living as I do in nearby Milton Abbas, I had received an invite to the exhibition as we are considered to be within the immediate area (the exhibition was of course open to anyone to attend).

I went to the meeting with my mother and step-father who live near me, also in Milton Abbas, it made sense to travel together.

On arriving at the exhibition we were welcomed at the door by a member of the REG team and were given the option of leaving our details should we want to be kept informed on how the project is proceeding. Then I was quickly introduced to several more members of the REG team and we chatted in detail about the project and wind power in general.

Much to my relief one of the first things the REG people asked was would we like a cup of tea or coffee – a very welcome thing as we in Milton Abbas had experienced a power cut the night before and were still without electricity, and being in an area where there is no gas supply boiling kettles (even with my parents wood burning stove) was proving difficult. Coffee in hand I asked one of the REG engineers whether it might have been possible to keep a local supply of electricity going during a power cut via locally sited wind turbines – he said it would not necessarily be guaranteed and would depend on such factors as where the problem in the supply was, but yes conceivably having a wind farm nearby could provide extra resilience and a continuation of electricity supply during a wider outage – an encouraging thought.

A question the REG team were keen on asking us, was what local projects would we suggest might benefit from the community fund, which they would put in place as and when the turbines were up and running. Not a question one is often asked in these straightened times – where to spend more money to benefit the local area. So unused to this – we asked for more time to consider.

What I was interested to see was how my step-father, who was at the very least disposed to oppose (if not in outright opposition) would respond to the exhibit and the words of the (enthusiastic and very well informed) REG staff. Well rather to my surprise he was gradually persuaded of the merits of wind power (which produces more than all the energy needed to make and site a commercial onshore wind turbine in less than a year) and of the virtues of siting 4 wind turbines in an adjacent village. Success then of a persuasive argument backed up with some excellent graphics, including a Google Earth Mapping of the 4 turbines showing how they would look from any and every angle and distance.

After a couple of hours – which passed very quickly so interesting was the conversation – we decided to leave and return to electricity free (if that`s the right word for it) Milton Abbas. On the way out of the hall we passed the member of the REG team who had been collating the response forms attendees had been asked to fill in if they wanted. It turned out that a majority of people attending the exhibition (over the two days it was held) had been in favor of the project, with a minority against and some don`t knows. A very encouraging response for those of us keen to see renewable energy in Dorset and obviously a boost for the REG team.

I for one am glad I went – and of course getting the cup of coffee during the power cut we were experiencing in Milton Abbas was a much appreciated bonus!

You can download the information we were presented with, here: http://blandfordhill.regwindpower.co.uk/articles/388



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Paul McIntosh says:
Floody Hell! How Michael fish warns Dorset weather to get worse & cannot be stopped


Category: Climate Change, Energy Events in Dorset
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Britain’s favourite forecaster, weatherman Michael Fish, will give a dire warning to Dorset next month – years of even worse weather are on the way and we’re helpless to stop it.

Mr Fish, who became a national icon through his forecasts on the BBC, is to spearhead a grim reality check on future weather for Dorset’s Climate Week [March 1st-6th].

Pulling no punches, Mr Fish is to deliver a lecture at the Dorchester Corn Exchange on Monday March 3rd entitled ‘Climate Change – The Ultimate Weapon Of Mass Destruction’.  The weather expert who spent 42 years with the Meteorological Office is bound to shake up climate change doubters with his informed view.

‘There could be much more severe weather and floods in the UK. It is too late to do more than slow it,’ Mr Fish warned bluntly this week.

He added: ‘The weird weather has already been responsible for possibly millions of deaths and many more will occur, through floods, droughts, disease and famine.”

Although authorities are only recently waking up to the problems of climate change, Mr Fish said the weather has been known to be worsening for more than 40 years.

‘The basics were identified in the 1880s, the severity in the 1970s,’ he said.

And he gave no hope of things getting better for the storm-bashed West Country, forecasting a bleak future of sodden winters and scorched summers.

‘The South West can expect more floods and droughts,’ said Mr Fish, ‘The only advantage will be a longer growing season.’

Supporting Mr Fish’s forecast that the effects of climate change may be slowed, Dorset’s Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset group, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, has organised a week of events aimed at inspiring a new wave of local initiatives against the weather threat.

On Saturday March 1st the programme will kick off at Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall, Litton Cheney, with a planning conference on strengthening local food links in West Dorset. Speakers including Tom Andrews of the new national Sustainable Food Cities Programme and Traci Lewis from Foods Plymouth will share their experiences and advice for putting food at the heart of the local policy agenda.

On March 3rd in Dorchester, Mr Fish will be joined by writer and poet Matt Harvey, who will present his view on sustainable energy.

On March 5th Bridport pupils will meet with the CLS to discuss ideas for preparing for extreme weather and tackling climate change. On the same day in schools in and around Dorchester the CLS will celebrate their work on litter meet with pupils and launch a two-year initiative to lessen environmental impact and encourage environmental leadership in students.

On Thursday March 6th the Bridport Arts Centre will host a Focus On Energy film day, which will include movies on the evidence of climate change, energy efficiency in the home and a documentary with contributions from more than 50 politicians, scientists and environmental campaigners on the state of the planet and how to save it.

Free tickets for Michael Fish’s lecture and other events can be booked at www.clsdorset.org.uk

For more information on Climate Week 2014, the UK’s biggest campaign to promote action on climate change, go to www.climateweek.com



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Lets Get Energized says:
Climate Week: Britain’s biggest climate change campaign for March 2014


Category: Climate Change, Energy Events in Dorset
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The Dorset Energized team are busy preparing for Climate Week 2014 with our very own special event – Dorchester Renewable Energy Exhibition and Advice Forum in Dorchester on Saturday 8th March.

We are also excited to see that our friends at Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset are also organising several fantastic events in the Bridport and Dorchester areas to mark Climate Week – here’s a sneeky peek at what they have planned, including:

Saturday 1st March in Litton Cheney
‘Sowing the Seeds’ – Strengthening local food links in West Dorset

Monday 3rd March in Dorchester
What on earth is up with the weather? – Illustrated Talk by Michael Fish
and Performance Poetry by Matt Harvey

Thursday 6th March in Bridport
Focus on Energy – Film Screenings

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Jacob Windsor says:
New Ecotricity electricity tariff offers 1,000 free car miles


Category: Electric Transport
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More great news for electric car drivers as Ecotricity launches Green Electricity + Car…

Green Electricity + Car will not only power customers homes with green energy but also their cars (either 100% electric or plug-in hybrids), plus they’ll get free access to Ecotricity’s national network of fast chargers – the Electric Highway.

This latest move comes after Ecotricity announced a price freeze for all gas and electricity customers until the end of winter (April 1st 2014), making them cheaper than the standard tariff of the Big Six energy companies.

Dale Vince, founder of Britain’s leading green energy company, Ecotricity, said: “To get the greatest environmental benefit from an electric car, it needs to be charged using 100% green electricity from the wind and the sun – otherwise you’re still powering it from dirty fossil fuels. Ecotricity’s new tariff ensures customers with electric cars are recharging at home with green energy and as a bonus they’ll get at least 1000 free miles worth of electricity. 

“And when away from home – drivers of electric cars will also have access to the Electric Highway which will allow fast-charging at 90% of motorway service stations around Britain. So when you’re out and about you can still drive with zero emissions.”

Ecotricity is launching the Green Electricity + Car tariff to coincide with Volkswagen bringing its first electric car – the e-up! city car – to the British market

Ecotricity have signed a partnership deal with Volkswagen Group (UK) Limited, the UK importer of Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles, Audi, SEAT and ŠKODA, to be their official green energy supplier, meaning all customers purchasing an electric car from one of the Group brands will be offered the new Ecotricity tariff and a free smart meter installation.

Vince said: “Ecotricity is a twenty-first century energy company; combining the two types of traditional energy company: one that provides power to your home using electricity and gas, and the other that provides power to your car using petrol and diesel.

“Now a single energy company can provide power to both your home and your car from the same clean, green, renewable sources.”

The launch comes as the Electric Highway continues to expand, with an average of four new £20,000 chargers being installed each week. It is fast becoming a truly national charging network for electric vehicles and will cover 90% of Britain’s motorways by the Spring. It allows EV drivers to travel the length and breadth of Britain and re-charge in the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee.

I believe Ecotricity’s awesome customer service is the best in the business – we topped the 2014 Which? Energy Consumer Satisfaction Survey and have the fewest customer complaints of any energy company.

Green Electricity + Car – the 1,000 free miles is based on the pricing difference between our Green Electricity and Green Electricity + Car tariffs on the basis of an average total electricity consumption of 6.000kWh (9,000kWh for Economy 7) and assumes you drive 10,000 miles per annum and charge at home. It also assumes 1 kWh = 3.88 miles (Volkswagen data).

It’s really easy to switch to Ecotricity and only takes a few minutes

Either switch online at www.ecotricity.co.uk or call us on 08000 302 302 and Ecotricity will take care of everything for you. Feel free to call us if you have any further questions, and if you click through from here or quote ‘Dorset Energized’ you’ll get a £60 Naked Wines voucher too to celebrate!



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Guest Energizer says:
Sustainable MotoExpo in Beaulieu 5th & 6th April 2014


Category: Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset
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Just a quick update from me, but a very cool one!

I’m sure a lot of people have watched the thrilling Rush  last year, and Senna previously. Well, a small part of that excitement is coming to our neighbours in Hampshire this very Spring, in Beaulieu. I strongly advise you to reserve the weekend of the 5th & 6th April 2014 in your diaries and go and see the MotoExpo, which features a wide range of eco-friendly, or at least more eco-friendly, fast machines.

Featured particularly are demonstrations and rides in electrical cars, a 400m circuit race and the latest in electrical and hybrid bikes and cars.

Please see the links below for details and news:

www.beaulieu.co.uk/beaulieu-events/sustainable-motor-expo

https://twitter.com/Eco_Motorsport

Posted by Guest Energizer Sean McArdell



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Sharon Fay says:
Charge your Nissan LEAF e-car in 30 minutes with the new Rapid Chargers


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Even more positive news for Nissan LEAF drivers!

There are now 1000 CHAdeMO rapid chargers that have been installed in Europe.  Out of these 1000 almost 20% are here in the UK.

The CHAdeMO units can charge the Nissan LEAF in just 30 minutes to an 80% charge.  The chargers are available around the UK at Ikea stores, motorway service stations and Nissan dealerships, most of which are completely FREE for Nissan owners, including at FJ Chalke Wincanton in Somerset/Dorset.

If you have any questions please contact me (Sharon) at FJ Chalke 01963 34335 or email sharon.fay@fjchalke.co.uk or simply pop by to our showroom to charge up! Find out more at our website: www.fjchalke.co.uk/eco



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Vince Adams says:
Dorchester Renewable Energy Exhibition and Advice Forum on Saturday 8th March 2014


Category: Climate Change, Energy Events in Dorset
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Dorset Energized Event for Climate Change Week

Here’s a date for your diaries…

Saturday 8th March 2014, from 9.30am – 2pm
Dorchester Renewable Energy Exhibition
Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset
FREE entry

Come and find out how you can make a difference. Debate and discuss all the energy issues. Discover the opportunities that renewables can offer.

Current exhibitors include:

We hope to see you there!



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Lets Get Energized says:
Blandford Hill Wind Farm Public Exhibitions 14th & 15th February 2014


Category: Energy Events in Dorset, Wind Power
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REG Windpower is currently investigating the potential for harnessing wind energy at Blandford Hill

REG Power are looking into the possibility of building up to 4 wind turbines on land at East Farm, Lower Street, to the South East of Winterborne Whitechurch.

They are currently undertaking a large number of on-site surveys to determine the feasibility of turbines on the land. This work includes ecological surveys, background noise monitoring, visual amenity assessments, cultural heritage assessments, drainage and land surveys to name a few. At the moment they believe that this site could accommodate no more than four turbines of up to 130 metres. A wind farm of this size would generate enough electricity to power approximately 4,500 homes each year.

Public Exhibitions 14th & 15th February 2014

Friday 14th February, 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 15th February, 10am – 2pm

Winterborne Whitechurch Village Hall, Dolway Lane,
Winterborne Whitechurch, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11

REG Power are inviting local people here in Dorset to view the details of their proposals at their public information sessions in February. Come along to view the proposals in detail, meet the project team and ask any questions you may have.

Community Fund for local good causes

Wherever REG Power install new turbines they will also set up a Community Fund to support local good causes.

Typically this would be a fund managed by the local community into which they pay an annual sum. Their funds are based on annual, index-linked payments (so the sum increases with inflation) of £5,000 per MW installed, which would mean at Blandford Hill there could be a community fund of up to £36,000 each year (based on four 1.8MW turbines). The sum is usually paid annually, but it’s also possible they can make a significant proportion
of this money available at an early stage to enable more major projects to get off the ground quickly.

They say that they firmly believe that local people should decide how the money is spent so would love to hear your ideas for projects the fund could support.

For more information and to submit your comments visit: http://blandfordhill.regwindpower.co.uk



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Paul McIntosh says:
Tolpuddle Wind Farm Public Exhibition on 13th February 2014


Category: Energy Events in Dorset, Wind Power
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West Coast Energy are holding a public exhibition where an updated proposal for a five turbine wind farm on land near Tolpuddle, north east of Dorchester, will be presented.

Thursday 13th February 2014
Tolpuddle Village Hall, 3pm-8pm

The exhibition for the West Dorset Wind Farm proposal is being held to give the local community an insight into the updated proposed development. This is a public event open for attendance by anyone. At the public exhibition you will have the opportunity to comment on the proposal, ask questions and put forward your views to the West Coast Energy project team.

For further information contact Matt Hayes on 01352 757604 or Euan Philipps, Marketing and Communications Manager at West Coast Energy Ltd, by email on euan.philipps@westcoastenergy.co.uk or visit their website at: www.westcoastenergy.co.uk



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Anna Celeste Watson says:
Keep Warm This Winter – FREE Workshop in Weymouth 13th February 2014


Category: Energy Efficiency, Energy Events in Dorset, Fuel Poverty & Security, Green Electricity & Gas
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Picture from Dorset Community Action by kind Permission of the Dorset Echo

Are you struggling to keep warm this winter? Are you unsure about how to switch your energy supplier?

You are not alone; as we reported yesterday its Cold Homes Week and shockingly last winter someone died of the cold every 6 minutes. Many people are finding the combination of rising fuel costs, low income and poorly-insulated rural housing, a real problem.

Dorset Community Action, with sponsorship from Magna Housing, is running another drop in session for you to come along and discuss your individual needs and concerns, and get some advice on how to keep warm and save some money. You can find out about how to switch energy supplier over a cup of tea and biscuits provided by the Co-op, and receive a free energy saving appliance provided by our friends at Dorset Energy Advice CentreFirst Dorset Credit Union will also offer support and ideas for people suffering financial hardship.

Come along to:

Willowbed Hall
Putton Lane
Chickerell
Weymouth
Dorset
DT3 4AJ

Pop in any time between 2pm to 6pm and spread the word to those that would benefit from this help and advice.

No booking is needed. Find out more at: www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk

If you can’t make it, there are lots of energy saving and money saving tips under our Energy Efficiency pages and information on how to easily Switch Energy Suppliers.



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Anna Celeste Watson says:
Cold Homes Week – 3rd to 7th February 2014


Category: Energy Efficiency, Fuel Poverty & Security
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Did you know that this week is Cold Homes Week?

Last winter someone died of the cold every 6 minutes

At least 9000 of these deaths were because people couldn’t afford to heat their home.

As part of Cold Homes Week Friends of the Earth are working with the Energy Bill Revolution to end the scandal of cold homes.

Tackling fuel poverty would mean warmer homes, improved health and lower carbon emissions. Investing in home energy efficiency improvements would also lower energy bills, so people can afford to heat their homes. It’s a no brainer.

Ask your MP to make UK homes super energy efficient

So far over 200 MPs have supported the campaign to make UK homes super energy efficient. Help them make it 400.

Please click here to ask your MP to back the campaign



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