Energy World - October 2009
Copenhagen in the balance
- Russian hydro-electric plant explosion costs could exceed US$3bn
- Coal retrofit to result in largest US biomass plant
- Arctic warming predictions even more serious, greater carbon cuts needed
- Concentrating solar power in the US, Spain
- We are making progress towards Copenhagen, but not fast enough
- One million electric vehicles on German Roads by 2020
- E.ON and GDF SUEZ swap to increase competition
- Dash for home-grown energy would aid security
- Gas, oil production, nuclear electricity down in 2008 – DECC
- Arrests over carbon credit fraud
- New grid access rules to speed connections
- Three more biomass-to-power plants proposed
- Vestas closes Isle of Wight blade factory
- Fall in domestic energy customer disconnections
- London Green Fund to kick-start energy efficiency
- Ofgem 'E-serve' takes on the low carbon challenge
Assessing building performance – room for improvement
While EPCs and DECs provide energy performance improvement suggestions, in domestic properties such action is not being undertaken, and on the commercial side, certificate requirements are not being adhered to. Austin Baggett summarises the current state of play and looks to areas of improvement.
Financing energy saving technologies in the public sector
Lack of up front finance is as much a barrier to investment in energy saving and carbon reduction measures in the public sector as anywhere else. But assistance is available, not least from Salix Finance, which has already provided funding for around 1,800 projects across the public sector.
Energy in buildings
LED lighting in a bakery, energy makeovers for London public buildings, intelligent heat in Oldham
Electric cars – the revolution gathers pace
The auto industry is in deep economic crisis, but manufacturers are spreading good news about the mass production of electric cars. Thanks to new technologies and government support, car makers feel they can win over a generation of sceptical consumers. The electric car revolution is stepping up a gear, writes Giles Broom.
Just switch the battery
Electric vehicles are back in fashion. And electric vehicle service company Better Place believes it has a novel idea for getting around the limited range and recharging problem. Marc Height met the CEO of the Denmark branch in Copenhagen.
James Smith – looking to the future
James Smith FEI, Chairman, Shell UK, who took over as the Energy Institute’s President in the summer, talked to Energy World about his career to date and the challenges facing both the industry and the EI in the future.
New European and international standards for energy management
The first of a series of international standards on energy management has been published, and more will follow. Here, chair of the BSI committee in this area, Martin Fry FEI, discusses the importance of the work being done both in the UK and overseas.