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01
JAN

Vince Adams says:
10 reasons to buy an electric bike in 2016


Category: Electric Transport, Uncategorized
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Electric bike technology and the amazing array of new models makes this the most trendy of ways to travel in 2016.

Checkout the options carefully. Visit real electric bike specialists and insist on test rides and take your time choosing the model for you.

We know one great shop in Poundbury where the owner and staff really know their business. Always a happy welcome and full back up should you decide to buy.

http://www.theguardian.com/electric-bike-revolution/2015/nov/27/10-reasons-to-make-your-next-bike-electric?CMP=share_btn_tw



24
DEC

Vince Adams says:
Ovo Energy on how and why to change energy suppliers


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I recently meet Ovo Energy the Bristol based energy supplier and was hugely impressed with their operation and the simplicity of their message.

Whether changing to Green Energy or just trying desperately to reduce your energy costs Ovo have much to offer.

They have published a simple guide to switching which can be found at the following link:

https://www.ovoenergy.com/guides/energy-guides/dual-fuel.html

Its very readable and will I am sure inspire you to make changes to your supply lines in 2016…stay abreast of all the changes and company news by subscribing to our website and blog.



21
DEC

Vince Adams says:
Exciting news from VW


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VW is set to reveal at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month the launch of an all-electric microbus van, with a range of up to 310 miles, Autocar reports.

The van, called Camper, will be announced during the January 5 keynote address by Herbert Diess, head of passenger cars for Volkswagen.

Will this Camper achieve the iconic status of their existing Camper Van, who knows but its a great step forward for everyone who sees the future of transport as ELECTRIC

For the full story follow the link to :
http://adventure-journal.com/2015/12/vw-to-introduce-all-electric-long-range-camper-van/



19
DEC

Vince Adams says:
Regen’s upbeat message


Category: Renewable Energy, Uncategorized
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Who said renewable energy has been dealt a lethal blow by our Government ? Regen SW are extremely upbeat.

“Cognitive Dissonance: the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioural decisions and attitude change”

  • “Let’s just imagine for a moment what we would have to say to our grandchildren if we failed. We would have to say, it was all too difficult,”  David Cameron, Paris ‘COP 21’ Climate Summit, 30th November 2015.
  • “New measures to deal with the projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies have been announced today” DECC announcement, 17 December 2015.

 

t many ways 2015 has been a spectacular year for clean energy with 60 GW of wind and 55 GW of solar deployed globally and global commitments to clean energy culminating in the Paris agreement. In the UK renewables topped 25 per cent of electricity generation for two quarters in a row. Perhaps it is this very success and the threat to incumbent business models it represents, that has led to the policy backlash in the UK over the last six months.

We at Regen have been inspired by the resilience and innovation in the sector – so strikingly on display at our Renewable Futures: Pathways to Parity conference. Working with our sector to develop new business models will be our key focus in the year ahead.

Our first event of 2016 will be our reception at the House of Commons on 13th January with Amber Rudd, on our Entreprenurial Women in Renewable Energy initiative.

For lots more detail and info contact: Regen SW rhayes@regensw.co.uk



18
DEC

Vince Adams says:
Government tries to kill off renewable energy projects….


Category: Community Energy, Energy News for UK, Uncategorized
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Community Energy England spell out the crisis facing Community Renewable Energy Projects in future and details of Decc’s response.

Less than a week after the historic climate agreement was agreed in Paris, DECC has today published its response to the Feed-in Tariff consultation, the content of which highlights again the UK government’s lack of commitment to the green economy. The results of the Feed in Tariff consultation provide little support or encouragement for communities attempting to install rooftop solar on community buildings including schools and community scale hydro schemes.

The re-introduction of pre-accreditation for rooftop solar schemes over 50kW is welcome but overall we are very disappointed by the outcome of this consultation. Initial feedback from our members indicates that at the rates proposed for most schemes over 10kW are currently not viable for community schemes which are accustomed to offering additional benefits such as reduced price electricity to schools and creating local funds for alleviation of fuel poverty. We are also very concerned that operation of the caps will have a disproportionate impact on the community solar sector which has very limited resources to develop projects compared to the commercial solar sector.

Our press release on DECC’s response which includes comments from Sharenergy and the Low Carbon Hub is available here. Please share with your contacts and local MPs.
A summary of DECC’s response is available below.

Community Energy England will be working hard with the support of its members to develop business models to enable to the community energy sector to adapt and grow. In order to do this more effectively we will be recruiting additional staff in the new year (more details to follow). I would also like to welcome Alex Germanis, from Pure Leapfrog, as a new board member and Chris Rowland, from Community Energy South, as a board advisor. At our AGM, Alex and Chris put themselves forward as Directors and only very narrowly missed out being voted in. The board agreed that due to their wealth of knowledge and expertise they would be very valuable additions to CEE and so were asked to become involved in board activities.

Finally, I would like to thank Gemma Cater, who has been interning with us over the last 3 months and whose last day it is tomorrow. Gemma has been a huge help in leading on our social media and gathering intelligence from our members and a range of MPs.

Emma Bridge

Chief Executive
Community Energy England

Summary of DECC’s FiT consultation response

DECC has released its response to the consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff.

Key decisions include:
· The budget for FITs to April 2019 is up to £100m of new spend from January 2016

· There is no separate tariff for community energy but this is to be kept under review

· New tariffs will come into force on 8 February 2016 (table of new tariffs below)

· Under new tariffs, Government is targeting a 4.8% rate of return for solar, 5.9% for wind, and 9.2% for hydro

· The export tariff has been maintained at 4.85p/kWh

· DECC has sustained the link with Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation link for export and generation tariffs (rather than Consumer Price Index as proposed)

· A quarterly deployment cap system will be introduced, with a queuing system for applicants who miss out on a quarterly cap. Some of the deployment caps are very low i.e. only an estimated 70 rooftops over 50kW per quarter will be allowed in 2016

· Only one degression threshold will be implemented at the level of each quarterly cap. The new rate will be a flat 10% if the cap is hit

· The first cap period will run from 8 February to 31 March 2016

· Pre-accreditation will be re-introduced for solar and wind over 50kW and all AD and hydro projects with an additional 6 months for community energy projects from 8 February

· Pre-registration will not be re-introduced at this stage. It may be re-introduced if an implementable system can be devised which delivers cost control and reduces gaming. DECC will issue an update early next year

· FiT will be removed on extensions for all installations commissioned on or after 15 January

Table of new tariffs:

Tariffs (p/kWh)
Installed capacity
New tariffs

PV
1000kW
0.87
Stand alone
0.87

Wind
1500kW
0.86
Hydro
2000kW
4.43

A pause to the FiTs scheme will be implemented from 15 January 2016 to 8 February 2016 when the new tariff and deployment caps will be put in place. During the pause, no new installations will be accredited for FITs except for those with pre-accreditation granted before 1 October 2015 who are applying for accreditation within the period of validity of the pre accreditation. Installations which commission and apply for FITs during the pause will be in the queue when the new deployment caps and tariffs come into force on 8 February 2016.

DECC will launch a separate consultation in early 2016 to consider tariffs and degression for anaerobic digestion (AD) and micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) technologies. DECC also intends to revisit the topic of sustainability criteria for AD plant, setting out more detailed proposals than those outlined in this consultation.

Consultation on the levels of banded support for new solar PV under the Renewables Obligation

Also published today, this consultation sets out the Government’s proposals for reduced support under the Renewables Obligation for solar PV up to 5MW, to apply from 1 June 2016. The proposals will affect solar PV generating stations with an accreditation date from 23 July 2015 onwards (and additional capacity added to existing accredited stations that does not take it above 5MW in total installed capacity), unless they are eligible for the specified grandfathering exception, the significant financial commitment grace period or the banding reduction exception.

The consultation also sets out the proposed eligibility criteria for the banding reduction exception that was announced in the December 2015 Government response to the consultation on changes to financial support for solar PV. This exception will apply to projects which can demonstrate that a significant financial commitment had been made on or before 22 July 2015. It will give those projects protection against the reduction in support proposed under the banding review.

Deadline for comments to DECC is 27 January. Full details at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-level-of-banded-support-for-new-solar-pv-under-the-renewables-obligation

Update on pre-action letter to Treasury

In our last newsletter we informed members that CEE had served on HM Treasury a ‘Letter before Action’ in accordance with the Pre-Action Protocol for Judicial Review challenging the implementation of proposed changes to the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) for community energy enterprises.

We have received a response from the government lawyers, but they omitted to include the relevant evidence. This is due before the end of the week, so we will provide an update after that.

Community share offers

An amazing £12.8m was raised in November for community energy schemes across the country in the run up to the deadline for EIS. This really demonstrates the public support that there is for community energy. I know a lot of work and very long hours went into this success so congratulations to all those involved.

Membership

Welcome to our newest member:
· Joju solar – one of the longest-standing MCS-accredited solar installers in the country. They have carried out hundreds of solar installations for home owners, businesses, public authorities and community organisations.

Other News

EBR action: write to National Infrastructure Commission
The Chancellor announced at the Conservative Party Conference the creation of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), led by Lord Adonis. The aim of the Commission is to make independent judgements about the future infrastructure needs of the UK and advise the Government accordingly. The creation of this Commission is an important opportunity for us to finally get home energy efficiency recognised as a huge infrastructure opportunity for the UK.

The NIC is conducting a consultation to investigate three initial infrastructure areas, transport in the north of England, transport in London and balancing electricity supply and demand. Home energy efficiency does not fit neatly into the consultation questions although it is important for this consultation to recognise that if most, or even a sizeable proportion of our future heat is delivered by electricity (as expected), then this could have enormous implications for electricity supply. To mitigate this risk means making all UK homes energy efficient.

The Energy Bill Revolution is encouraging as many people as possible to write to the NIC before their consultation closes on 8th January, calling for home energy efficiency to be made an infrastructure priority and asking them to conduct a full consultation as soon as possible to investigate this huge infrastructure opportunity.

More details about the Energy Bill Revolution at: http://www.energybillrevolution.org/
National Infrastructure Commission consultation at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/infrastructure-commission-invites-submissions-on-critical-infrastructure-challenges

Ofgem: Update to Sustainable Development Indicators
Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) assess the sustainability of the gas and electricity markets in Great Britain, and are structured along three core themes: 1) environmental impact; 2) social outcomes, bills and quality of service; and 3) reliability and safety.
The updated indicators include:
· Electricity intensity

· Power station emissions: nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide

· Proportion of total domestic customer accounts in debt by fuel type

· Energy spend as a percentage of total household expenditure

· Large suppliers: Complaints received per 100,000 customer accounts as a weighted average.

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What do you think, tell your local MP what you would like to see happen, we can all make a difference !



30
NOV

Vince Adams says:
Boilers all you need to know


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I was sent this comprehensive guide to replacing boilers which I think you might find very helpful.

http://www.castironradiators4u.co.uk/uk/infographic-could-you-be-saving-money-on-your-boiler.php



27
NOV

Vince Adams says:
Swansea’s Tidal Power Lagoon and more…..


Category: Energy Efficiency, Uncategorized, Water Power
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I attended the Regen South West Conference this week and the most rewarding and interesting talk was Graham Hillier on Tidal Lagoon Power. If you have the time take a look this weekend at this amazing technology and plan that can light up the UK, reduce the use of fossil fuels and clean up Britain.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/087cfaf09896aa1f0e6c03ffd/files/Graham_Hillier_Tidal_Lagoon_Power.pdf



13
NOV

Vince Adams says:
Community Energy can it survive ??


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BROKEN PROMISES
HOW THE GOVERNMENT BROKE ITS WORD TO THE COMMUNITY ENERGY MOVEMENT
In Spring 2015, after a campaign which had clearly demonstrated the many social and environmental benefits that community energy brings to local communities, the Government (i.e. the Treasury) gave repeated written assurances as part of the final stages of the Finance Act that it would give the community energy sector 6 months notice of the removal of Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief, which is vital to the success of many community energy projects.
Since the spring of 2015 the community energy sector has been developing their business plans in the belief that the Government would honour this promise to give a minimum of 6 months notice of any significant tax changes. Community groups across the country, many of them run by volunteers, have been making plans to launch share offers and raise the funds for dozens of clean, renewable community energy projects in reliance on these assurances.
Government statements in March 2016 included:-
 The Budget Statement of March 2015:-
“2.77 Venture capital schemes: renewable energy – As announced at Autumn Statement 2014, companies benefiting substantially from subsidies for the generation of renewable energy will be excluded from also benefiting from EIS, SEIS and VCTs with effect from 6 April 2015, with the exception of community energy generation undertaken by qualifying organisations which will in future become eligible for the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR). The government will allow a transition period of 6 months following state aid clearance for the expansion of SITR before eligibility for EIS, SEIS and VCT is withdrawn. (Finance Bill 2015) (y)” (paragraph 2.77)
 To coincide with the Budget Statement the Treasury published a background document1 with more details of the changes which confirmed that
“Budget 2015 announced the transitional provisions for community energy organisations moving from the tax-advantaged venture capital schemes to SITR. Provisions to exclude all community energy organisations from EIS, SEIS and VCT will take effect 6 months after the confirmation of state aid approval for the expansion of SITR. Qualifying community energy organisations will be able to use SITR from that date. Co-operatives and other non-qualifying organisations that benefit substantially from subsidies for the generation of renewable energy will no longer be eligible for tax-advantaged investment under the schemes once the transition period has elapsed.”
1 Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates HM Treasury and HM Customs and Excise March 2015 e
 Leading members of the CE sector also received email assurances from a Treasury Official 2 on 18 March stating that
“To provide a smooth transition from the venture capital schemes to SITR, the Government announced in Budget 2015 that all community energy organisations will continue to qualify for the venture capital schemes for 6 months following EU state aid clearance of a larger SITR scheme. This provides a reasonable period for adjustment and more certainty to affected groups.”
 A statement to the same effect that there would be 6 months notice was also made by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury in response to a written parliamentary question submitted by Roger Godsiff MP in March 20153.
The Government also announced during the same debate that community energy organisations will not be eligible for Social Investment Tax Relief when state aid approval is received. This represents a second broken promise. No proper explanation has been given for this abrupt change of policy.
The changes have come as a seismic shock to community groups, large and small, up and down the UK. They are causing particular turmoil with existing community share offers which were open and due to run beyond 29 November. The Government seems to have completely disregarded the fact that many community energy projects are social enterprises and just like any other business they need financial and regulatory certainty and stability. This U-turn by the Government has already caused the failure of a number of share offers and projects5. Many community groups are now launching share offers at short notice in an attempt to complete excellent projects which will not only contribute to reductions in carbon emissions but also generate generous community benefits.
CEE also believes that these tax relief changes will have a potentially devastating impact on the pipeline of projects due to be launched in the next six months. Tens of thousands of pounds has already been spent at the development stage of these projects on items such as feasibility studies, planning, structural surveys, legal fees and EPC certificates. Projects affected include a large number to install rooftop solar on schools and other community buildings which are the type of installations which once upon a time the Government actively supported6. Financial margins are tight and without the benefit of tax relief the organisers of many projects are feeling very apprehensive and think they will struggle to raise the capital required.
Community Energy England November 2015

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05
OCT

Vince Adams says:
Truth is only Electric Cars will make a difference


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Letters: Only transparency in fuel consumption will reduce emissions – Telegraph

If car manufacturers were forced to fit a prominent, permanent display showing current fuel consumption, the majority of drivers would quickly realise how much excessive acceleration and speed increases consumption and pollution.

Brian Collins
Bodicote, Oxfordshire

In its preoccupation with carbon dioxide, which supposedly eventually causes climate change, Britain has lost the plot on pollution, which causes thousands of deaths a year in this country and is widely reckoned to account for the rise in childhood diseases such as asthma and eczema.

The Volkswagen affair reminds us that the pollutants largely come from diesel engines. These carcinogens include benzene, nitrogen oxides and particulates.

Carbon dioxide is harmless to human health – it is a constituent of the air we breathe. Yet my big diesel car is taxed far lower than my wife’s petrol one because tax here is only assessed on carbon dioxide.



28
SEP

Vince Adams says:
Irony but the future is electric….


Category: Electric Transport, Uncategorized
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Having heard so much good about petrol cars, we decided to test drive one. They are said to combine cheap price with long range and fast charging. A winning formula on paper – but how are they in real life?

We sat us in the loaner car at the car salesman’s office. Automakers do not sell the cars themselves, only through independent car repair shops as middlemen. It may sound like a bad omen to buy the car from a car repair shop that you want to visit as seldom as possible. But you apparently can’t buy the car directly from the manufacturer but must go through such intermediaries. The seller was very ”pushy” and tried to convince us to buy the car very forcibly, but the experience is perhaps better elsewhere.

So we sat in the car and pressed the START button. The car’s gasoline engine coughed to life and started to operate. One could hear the engine’s sound and the car’s whole body vibrated as if something was broken, but the seller assured us that everything was as it should. The car actually has an electric motor and a microscopically small battery, but they are only used to start the petrol engine – the electric motor does not drive the wheels. The petrol engine then uses a tank full of gasoline, a fossil liquid, to propel the car by exploding small drops of it. It is apparently the small explosions that you hear and feel when the engine is running.

The petrol engine consists of literally hundreds of moving parts that must have tolerance of hundredths of a millimeter to function. We begun to understand why it is car repair shops that sell the cars – they might hope for something to break in the car that they can mend?

We put in a gear and drove away with a jerk. The jerk came not from any extreme acceleration, but gasoline engines apparently cannot be driven as smoothly as electric motors. The acceleration did not occur at all, because we could not get the car to go faster than 40 km/h! By then the petrol engine literally howled and the whole car shook violently. Convinced that something must have broken we stopped the car. The seller then explained that with petrol engines you need to ”change gears” on a regular basis. Between the engine and the wheels are not a fixed ratio gear, but a variable one. The petrol engine can produce power only in a limited speed range, and must therefore be geared with different ratios in order to continue to accelerate. There are 5 different gears we can select with increasing speed as result. It is -as we learned quickly- very important that each time select a suitable gear otherwise the engine will either stop or get seriously damaged! You need a lot of training to learn to select the right gear at the right time – though there are also models with automatic transmissions that can do this themselves. In the manual transmission car, we needed to constantly guard the engine from damaging it. Very stressful.

We asked if the constant sound of the engine -that frankly disturbed us from being able to listen to the radio- could be turned off. But it couldn’t. Very distracting.

After getting the car up to speed through intricate changing of gears we approached a traffic light. Releasing the accelerator pedal resulted in no significant braking, we had to use the brake pedal very much to slow down the car. We were surprised to hear the brakes are completely mechanical! The only thing they generate is heat – braking gives no regeneration of gasoline back into the tank! Sounds like a huge waste, but it would soon get even worse.

When we came to a stop the engine continued to run and the car vibrate – even though the car was standing still! The engine continued to burn gasoline without moving the car forward. Can it really be true? Yes, the seller explained, it is so with gasoline cars: the engine is always running and burning gasoline – even when the car is stationary. Some models however switches off the engine at a red light, he explained. Well that certainly makes more sense.

After a while we came to a gas station where we could charge the car. The car claimed that it still had half a tank left, but we wanted to try the famous super-fast charging of petrol cars!

So we drove to the gas station and opened the fuel cap. The filling nozzle is very similar to a charging connector, but it is not electrons that come out of it but gasoline. Gasoline is a highly carcinogenic, smelly and flammable liquid derived from plants and animals extinct since millions of years ago. The gasoline is pumped to a tank in the car, which then drives around with about 50 liters of this hazardous liquid in it.

We put the nozzle to the car, but nothing happened. The seller then explained that we must pay to fuel! Much like those extremely expensive fast chargers some electric utility companies have set up. After we put the credit card in the reader we could start fueling. It was extremely fast! In just two minutes we filled the gas tank to the max! But there were two counters on the pump: one that showed the number of liters we have fueled and one that showed how much it would cost us. And that counter was spinning so fast that we could hardly keep up with its pace! Sure we filled the tank full in two minutes, but it did cost us an unbelievable €30! A full charge would thus cost us double that – a whopping €60! We cursed our luck that we apparently have chosen one of the most expensive gas stations, and began to ask the seller what other alternatives are there? How much does it cost to fill up at home, and how many free stations are there?

The seller looked very puzzled at us and explained that it is not possible to refuel gasoline cars at home, and there are no free gas stations. We tried to explain our questions, in case he had misunderstood, but he insisted that you can not. Apparently you have to several times a month drive to the gas station to recharge your petrol car at extortionate prices – there are no alternatives! We thought it was very strange that no gasoline car manufacturers have launched their own free gas stations?

There are no gas stations either where you can fill up more slowly at a cheaper price. We started calculating price versus consumption and came to the shocking conclusion that a petrol car costs unimaginable €12 per 100km! Sure, electric cars could also theoretically come up to these amounts if they quick charged at one of the most expensive charging stations in the country – but for petrol cars there are no cheaper alternatives! While electric cars are comfortably charged at home every night for €2 per 100km petrol cars must make detours several times a month to fill up at these extortionate rates – without exception! Monthly cost for a petrol car can -just for the gasoline alone- easily exceed one hundred Euros! We begun to understand why they are so cheap to purchase – operating them is extremely expensive instead.

We also begun to understand why there must be so many petrol stations everywhere, if all petrol cars always have to drive to them to refuel. Imagine if you could charge your electric car only at the power companies’ most expensive fast chargers – and nowhere else!

With this in mind we ended up in a traffic jam and was horrified that the gasoline engine continued to burn these expensive gasoline drops even when the car was standing still or moving very little. With gasoline vehicles it is easy to run into cost anxiety – the feeling that the car literally burns up your money! No cheap home charging and no regeneration of gasoline back to the fuel tank when braking sounds like economic madness – especially given that all gasoline must be imported from abroad.

We returned the car to the dealer’s premises, pulled the handbrake and step out of the car. The petrol engine continued to run! Apparently one must manually switch off the combustion of the precious liquid. But we wanted to see the petrol engine, so the seller opened the bonnet. The entire front portion of the car was completely cluttered with hoses, fittings, fluid reservoirs, and amid all a huge shaking cast iron block which apparently constituted the motor’s frame. There was no space for luggage in the front of the car! Despite its enormous size, high noise and vibration, the engine barely delivered one hundred horsepower. The engine was also extremely hot, we burned ourselves when we touched it. Even though this was on a warm summer day so the engine did not need to generate heat to the passenger compartment.

We became also worried about what would happen if we crashed with a petrol car? The cast iron block that occupied most of the engine compartment was sitting in the middle of the collision zone! Where would it go if we collided – would we get it in our lap? The salesman assured us that the motor in such case somehow gets folded down under the car but we could not escape the impression that the engine block was very much in the way at the front – the safety beams were built around it, which surely impairs their functionality. Avoiding that one hundred kilo iron lump in the front of the car makes it so much easier to build safe cars. In addition, we have seen on the Internet hundreds of pictures and videos of burning gasoline cars. The petrol tank apparently often leaks after an accident so the flammable liquid pours out and becomes ignited!

From the engine, under the car runs an exhaust system – a kind of chimney for engine exhausts. When you burn the carcinogenic gasoline a lots of noxious gases are produced. The car cleans away the most dangerous gases, but what remains is released into the open air behind the car. It is still unhealthy to breathe in – and smells very bad! And petrol cars are allowed to emit these harmful gases in the middle of our cities? Do not confuse petrol cars’ exhaust pipes with fuel cell cars’ – while hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles emit only water vapor gasoline cars spew out noxious gasses, and even fossil carbon dioxide that contribute to Earth’s future-catastrophic warming!

We thanked the seller for the display, shook our heads and gave back the ignition key (yes, it’s called that) to him. He realized that there would be no business for him so except for one lame attempt he did not try to sell us the car any more.

On the way home in our electric car we looked with completely different eyes at our poor fellow commuters, who still had to put up with their gasoline cars. But soon it will be their turn to trade up, too!


2Comments | Post your own comment

  • Vince Adams comments:
    "I heard a little snippet from the VW fallout that rather excited me. There is a rumour that they have a peoples photo-type electric car similar in concept to the launch of the beetle many years ago.
    The price and performance would make this available to millions more motorists and revolutionise the car industry overnight.
    VW you have sinned but this is your moment in time to put that behind you and do something amazing for us all.
    “Beetle Electric the new people’s car”, could it be true ? "

    October 9, 2015 a 9:01 am

  • Keith Wheaton-Green comments:
    "A very interesting take on the situation. I agree, petrol cars are so old fashioned. "
    October 8, 2015 a 11:53 am


21
SEP

Vince Adams says:
The latest lunacy to spend £2billion of tax payers money on Nuclear Power


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We at Lets get Energized are non-plussed at the Governments latest decision to prop up the Nuclear power red herring. Clearly neither EDF or even the Chinese really believe in the validity of the investment but George Osbourne’s offer to support the initial stages with a £2 billion loan is just the precursor to even more gurantee’s and loans in the future.
At the sametime the latest moves by the Government to bring the Solar Energy Industry here in the UK to its knee’s is quite amazing.
What does it tell us about our future. How will our children childrens live with the growing cost and potential dangers of Nuclear fusion. Where will be put all the waste material.
We hear such a lot about national security and yet the Government is considering letting the Chinese build and I assume run a nuclear plant here in Essex.
Down the road we are about to have a huge debate on whether or not we should continue pouring billions into Trident because of the “threats to our national security” One set of principles for war and another for saving the worlds climate by setting the UK firmly on the path to a renewable energy future.
Its interesting that whilst China is selling us rather old technology such as nuclear they are investing hugely in their own renewable energy future.
Are we becoming a dumping ground for old technology because of the backward commercial thinking of our Government.
Please support renewables, comment its time this debate began to take centre stage.



15
SEP

Vince Adams says:
Who’s kidding who ??


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http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2985371/osbornes_nuclear_fantasies_can_you_hear_me_major_tom.html

My money is on renewables, lets collectively let our present Government and all local MP’s know we are against this extention of nuclear.

Not only is the financial case wrong, the comparison with renewables total nonsense but we lumber future genrations with clearing up the mess that is Nuclear.

 



08
SEP

Vince Adams says:
Time to support local community project


Category: Community Energy, Uncategorized
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Hi All,

I hope you don’t mind, but I am shamelessly getting in touch with all my contacts! Over the summer I have been running a project to install solar panels at Ludwell Community Primary School, where Karen and I are Governors. Now that the panels are in place, we need to pay for them, so I’m now heading up the fundraising effort, part of which is to try and obtain grant funding from various organisations, one of which is the M&S Energy Fund. We’ve been shortlisted, so
what we now need is lots of votes for our project on their website. I would really appreciate it if you could vote for the Ludwell School solar panels project!
Please go to the link below, enter your email address and create a password. You will then get an email from M&S Energy – click on the link, click the link to login, login with your email address and password and finally click on the vote for project link! Then, if you want to, please spread the word, share on social media, and ask as many friends, family, etc. to do the same. The more votes we get, the better chance of getting the grant. Please don’t delay! The deadline is 30th September!
Just a quick update on our progress in the competition – we are currently lying in 4th place in the South West Region and have 137 votes. The leaders, who are a very large outfit in Exeter who have already received a grant of £320,000 from the Arts Council, have 264 votes. As we are only a small village primary school with 70 pupils, we need all the votes we can get! I feel this is very much a David and Goliath struggle – but I seem to remember that David won in the end, so I am hoping with your help we can too :-)
PS You can vote more than once with different email addresses from different devices J
https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/28483/
Any problems with voting please contact me: richardecclestone@btinternet.com or 01747 829261 or 07713 686368
Many thanks!
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26
AUG

Vince Adams says:
Spread the word, community energy is Hot !!


Category: Community Energy, Uncategorized
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Would your organisation benefit from installing renewable energy ? 3 steps that could make it possible.

Step One, find a suitable funding partner

We believe across Dorset and neighbouring Counties there are numerous sites suitable for installation of wood heat boilers, photovoltaics or other renewables were the site owner would like an installation but can’t afford it or doesn’t have the capacity to arrange. Many of these can loosely be described as community sites. Village Halls, schools, British Legions, scout huts, churches etc.

So we set up a Community Energy Society to help. We registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as Energize Stur Valley Industrial and Provident Society Ltd. We can plan, project manage and raise a local share issue to fund projects. The project host gets reduced energy costs and the investors get more than 5% interest and their original investment returned over 20 years with a 30% tax rebate in the first year on their investment.

The IPS is not for profit but because we believe passionately that renewable energy should be installed to replace fossil fuels wherever possible and benefit the community.

Step Two

With the help of a local installer we discuss and outline the potential project and together cost and create a potential revenue stream.

Step 3

This then allows us to create a share offer that offers a fair rate of return over 20 years, money back on the initial investment, tax incentives for the shareholders. Substancial energy cost saving for the project host and in some cases even a share of the revenue stream.

Let us have your comments even requests on how to get started:
stur.transitiontown1@gmail.com



04
AUG

Vince Adams says:
Energy use at home do we care


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Very interesting guide to how we use our energy you might find interesting, simple stuff is often the most effective way to ultimately save money and our carbon footprint

http://www.castironradiators4u.co.uk/uk/infographic-energy-consumption-in-homes-across-europe.php



17
JUL

Vince Adams says:
Ovo the name for change


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There is much talk about Community Energy and the opportunities that will open up this way of bringing local communities together with energy creation.

The results can be startling, as an example Balcombe in Sussex. This quiet sleepy village became a conflict zone when locals and activists decided to fight test drills being made for Fracking. No one nationally really wants anything to do with fracking but Balcombe stood firm.

After days of blockade, arrests of good people and true the drillers finally went away and guess what, out of the battle came a new energy, Community Energy.

The local people formed into a group to develop their own energy schemes and almost overnight had their first project, fully funded, installed and creating clean energy and reasonable returns for the investors.

Its this sort of lead that will ultimately inspite people everywhere to create their own schemes. I Chair ESVIPS.com and we have installed our first solar project at Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna and hope to have others up and running later this year.

Getting a fair price for the energy being created is important and I wanted to share a link with you to Ovo an innovative renewable energy supplier.

Its: http://www.ovoenergy.com/energy-plans/communities/

Ovo are the first Company to offer to offer the local people near a project the chance to but their own local energy at really advantageous prices far below the market norms.

The result will be that community energy can use a majority of its generation to the advantage of the local people bringing down their overall energy costs and giving them a real stake in whats happening in their own locality.

Go to the site and see what you think.



17
JUL

Vince Adams says:
Save Energy Tips and Save £££’s


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David Bedford has created this amazing guide and has offered to share it with our subscribers.

Theres a huge range of energy saving tips and I hope you find it helpful

http://underfloorheatingexpert.com/save-energy/

 

 



13
JUL

Vince Adams says:
Visit to local Solar Farm


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Lightsource Takes Local Residents on Guided Tour of Dorset Solar Farm as Part of Nationwide Solar Independence Day

 

Lightsource Renewable Energy invited visitors for a very special behind-the-scenes look at look at Manor Farm solar farm, in Dorset, as part of the Solar Independence Day celebrations.

 

Visitors of all ages and from all walks of life – from school children and wildlife groups to farmers and local politicians – were given guided tours of the park to see first-hand the benefits of solar energy.

 

Once a solar farm is installed, members of the public rarely get a chance to step foot inside the gates, but the event gave people a chance to get a better understanding of how a solar farm works, the impact on the land and improvements to biodiversity that can be made.

Installed in just six weeks, the 25-acre solar farm solar farm is now capable of providing locally-sourced, renewable energy to 1,400 homes – roughly a third of the homes found in nearby Gillingham.

Lightsource has put into action a planting and landscape plan at Manor Farm, which provides numerous benefits to local biodiversity. The planting of new trees and shrubs around the site provides foraging habitats for local wildlife, while the new wild-flower meadow mix will offer a favourable environment to flying insects including bees, butterflies and dragonflies. Since its installation, the landowner has also reported an increase in the numbers of hares, raptors and hawks – a strong sign that wildlife is flourishing on site.

Manor Farm was one of many solar farms, homes and commercial installations to open up to the public as part of Solar Independence Day, which also gave the public an insight into why “energy independence” in the UK is so important. Solar power can play a vital role in achieving this goal by reducing the UK dependence on importing polluting fossil fuels, in favour of generating clean “home-grown” energy.

Nick Boyle, CEO at Lightsource, said: “We relish opportunities to give the public a greater insight into what solar energy is all about. On top of providing a source of clean, renewable energy, solar installations offer far reaching benefits for local communities with improvements to local biodiversity and by supporting agricultural businesses. The Manor Farm is a great example of the positive effects a solar farm can have on an area. ”

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  • Vince Adams comments:
    "Vince Adams of Letsgetenergized.co.uk and esvips.com comments: As the founder of letsgetenergized a portal that supports renewable energy I was fascinated by my visit.The remoteness of the site gave it a Cathedral like quiet only broken by the sound of distant traffic Not a sound was heard from the panels themselves with sheep grazing happily all around us the visit was rather special.To think that our future energy needs can come from Solar Farms rather than Power station belching out smoke and carbon 24 hours a day is remarkable. The small footprint that the site has with a small concreted area for the inverters to sit on and everything else instantly removable is amazing. Thanks to Lightsource and Liza for opening the site my only regret was missing the barbecue. "
    July 13, 2015 a 6:56 pm


13
JUL

Keith Wheaton-Green says:
Wind Turbines in Dorset? Planning Committee says NO


Category: Community Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Uncategorized, Wind Power
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Wind Turbines in Dorset? Planning Committee says NO

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I recently attended a wind turbine planning determination in a crowded village hall when the planning committee (well 6 of the 11 members attended) decided the fate of an application for 4 large wind turbines. We all listened to officers of the council and AONB explain the landscape and heritage sensitivities (the turbines would be seen in the setting of listed buildings and the beautiful Dorset landscape) followed by numerous speakers against and for the application.

Those opposed to the application made the point that our landscape must be preserved, that the turbines would be seen from village houses and gardens and even that wind turbines damage people’s health. The CPRE claimed that renewable energy targets in Dorset had been exceeded so no new installations were needed. Each speaker received rapturous applause.

I have witnessed a few campaigns to oppose wind turbine applications in Somerset and Dorset. There is usually assistance from outside organisations. Meetings, leaflets and doorstep petitions are arranged. The purpose – of course – is to raise anxiety levels. Misinformation is spread such as; bird and bat populations are put at risk; infra sound prevents people sleeping and gives them headaches; house prices will fall and tourists will stay away. Wind turbines are inefficient and generate hardly anything. Sometimes photographs that exaggerate the scale are published.

In reality, the choice to approve or not – as the officers and members present acknowledged –is justified on the basis of a subjective view of landscape and visual aesthetics.

About seven of us spoke up in favour of the application. It was explained that climate change is an issue that needs to be dealt with so urgently we need to move to 100% of our electricity from renewables ASAP, that wind turbines are the cheapest technology but that there are very sites suitable for their installation in Dorset.

When I spoke, looking out onto the big audience of grey haired baby boomers while younger people were at work, I realised just where the divide in opinion lay. The majority of the audience – many retired to timeless Hardy’s Dorset – would not sacrifice their views from around the village to give the younger generation a better future. Yet just think what the generation before the baby boomers sacrificed in the 30s, 40s and 50s!

Anyone wanting to live in Hardy’s Dorset should stop using electricity, swap their car for a horse and cart, live in a very small draughty house and campaign to take out pylons and large roads. If we walk backwards into the future, we will suffer because we can’t see where we are going.

I spoke up for farmers. They may be sitting on land and property worth millions with large sums flowing through their business but their disposable income can be modest. They work very long hours as standard and consider themselves guardians of the land (and landscape) which they expect to pass on to their children rather than realize paper wealth.

I was once told by a farmer – only half-jokingly – that I shouldn’t expect him to take my opinions on local matters seriously because my family had not been in Dorset since Saxon times. Despite that comment, farmers are usually quiet, self-effacing, not prone to voicing their opinions and actually can be intimidated.

Wind turbines make sense to farmers because they give resource efficient future financial security. The opposing camp are very ably led by people some of which, have moved into the area to retire. They put high value on the landscape the farming community have created and look after, but look to the past rather than the constant change and planning for the future they may have experienced in their own working lives.

The media are underestimating the connection between peoples voting intentions and their views on climate change. The Green surge is largely due to younger people with a strong sense of injustice against their generation. Baby boomers have had it good with their jetting around the world on holiday, big cars and houses by mortgaging their children’s and grandchildren’s futures (the deficit.) This put the carbon in the atmosphere that puts future generations in jeopardy.



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