German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said a decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 can make her country a trailblazer in renewable energy.
Mrs Merkel set up a panel to review nuclear power following the crisis at Fukushima in Japan. The crisis, triggered by an earthquake and tsunami in March, led to mass anti-nuclear protests across Germany. The anti-nuclear drive boosted Germany’s Green party, which took control of the Christian Democrat stronghold of Baden-Wuerttemberg, in late March.
Before March’s moratorium on the older power plants, Germany relied on nuclear power for 23% of its energy.
Mrs Merkel said that in its “fundamental” rethink of policy, Germany could set an example for other countries.
“We believe we as a country can be a trailblazer for a new age of renewable energy sources,” the German chancellor was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.
“We can be the first major industrialised country that achieves the transition to renewable energy with all the opportunities – for exports, development, technology, jobs – it carries with it.”
See the full BBC article
In comparison, the UK Government completed a similar review into the safety of nuclear power generation following the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. They decided to press ahead with plans to replace older nuclear plants in the UK.
DECC states on their website “that new nuclear power has a key role to play in the UK’s low-carbon future”. They go on to say” The best way to achieve the energy security and affordability our country needs is through a diverse mix of technologies. No one technology can deliver all”.
Germany’s announcement questions this rationale as their intention is to “plug the energy gap” with renewables and improved energy efficiency, rather than nuclear. Germany currently depends on nuclear for 23% of it’s electricity, where nuclear makes up only 18% of the UK’s energy mix.
The question on most people’s lips will likely be “If Germany can do it why can’t the UK?”
Recently we have been receiving an increasing number of calls from customers querying the Governments intentions towards reducing Feed-In Tariff (FIT) as of the 1st August 2011.
There seems to be a great deal of ambiguity surrounding DECC’s “fast track review of feed in tariffs”. With DECC’s intentions, following an industry wide consultation which is due to be published on May 30th. Ahead of it’s publication we’ve offered a quick reminder of what changes were suggested by Greg Barker back in March…
The government have proposed rates to come into effect for any installations that are connected after August 1st 2011. These do not effect anything below 50kWp, but instead concentrate on larger installations that distort funding for smaller and domestic scale installations.
The proposed tariffs are:
- >50kW – ≤150kW: 19p/kWh
- >150kW – ≤250kW: 15p/kWh
- >250kW – ≤5MW: 8.5p/kWh
These might appear a big drop in the rates, but in reality its just bringing the investment performance back to the original government targets. Based on current prices, solar systems installed after 1st August will still deliver 8% return on investment.
Return on Investment
FiT Rate (p/kWh)
To get the current amazing returns upwards of 12%, you just need to be connected before the beginning of August. EvoEnergy can help you to push through your project to be delivered in time, contact our team to see how we can help you.
- Anything under 50kWp has not been affected and will continue to receive the higher rate.
- The DECC will now seek views on the proposed tariffs until May 6th 2011.
- Any changes agreed will only affect new entrants to the FiT scheme; the Government will not act retrospectively.
- It is proposed that any changes take effect from August 1st 2011, subject to the outcome of this consultation and Parliamentary scrutiny.
- These rates will still be RPI (Retail Price Index) linked and therefore will increase with inflation.
UK sets legally binding targets to halve emissions by 2025 in path towards 80 per cent cuts by middle of the century.
According to the BBC, David Cameron has moved to resolve a Cabinet row over the UK’s climate change targets, with an agreement on emissions to be announced on Tuesday.
This will see drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to 2027 and an overhaul of the way energy is produced. But ministers worried about the impact on the economy and burdens on industry have secured a get-out clause. The targets will be reviewed if European nations backslide on their own climate commitments.
Labour have previously said that if ministers did not accept the committee’s recommendations in full it would amount to a “green betrayal” and accused Mr Huhne of failing to “show leadership” over the issue.
They say carbon reduction targets must not be watered down as part of efforts to alleviate red tape on industry.
Greenpeace described the agreement as “rare victory for the green growth agenda” in the face of what it said was “vehement” opposition from the Treasury and the Department of Business.
But Friends of the Earth said Mr Huhne should have gone further and accepted advice to tighten the UK’s existing 34% emissions reduction target, by 2020, to compensate for the cuts already achieved due to the recession.
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We hope you have enjoyed the recent spell of great weather across the UK. Our customers certainly have, and we have been inundated with positive feedback regarding the performance of their PV systems. To celebrate we are pleased to offer £200 discount for any new orders received by the end of May.
Our May offer is available to all existing and new enquirers…
- If you already have a quotation and it has expired please contact us to confirm pricing before sending your order.
- If you haven’t yet had a quotation all you need to do is complete a telephone survey – only taking 20 minutes – and we then email your quotation.
We only offer top brand equipment and high quality solar inverters with built in web monitoring as standard, giving you peace of mind that your PV system is working as it should be.
Here’s how Mrs Tucker’s 3.675 kW, 15 x Sharp 245Wp panels, has performed since her system was installed and commissioned on the 17th April:
Mrs Tucker says:
“I would like to thank you (PV FIT Ltd) for all the help and support you have given me over the past couple of months while I contemplated the roof panels. Not many firms would have replied so quickly to my emails and explained everything as clearly as you did.
At the moment the Nedap programme tells me that I have made £6.65 since it started operating so that is a good beginning!”
Major new report recommends the UK generates 30 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030
The independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) will today release a major new report arguing that the UK should be able to deliver at least 30 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 as part of efforts to deliver deep cuts in carbon emissions.
Speaking to BusinessGreen, CCC chief executive David Kennedy said that the recommended targets were demanding but achievable.
“Thirty per cent is not the maximum of what is technically feasible, it is what we think is appropriate given the economics and other factors,” he said. “It will be challenging and it is not going to happen on its own.”
The report calls for a mix of renewable energy technologies, including wind and marine energy, air and ground source heat pumps, and the use of bioenergy for heat generation.
It also outlines a series of demand management and smart grid technologies that would allow the grid to support high levels of intermittent renewable power.
Read the full Business Green article
UN-commissioned report predicts 77 per cent of energy could come from renewable sources, but only if the right policies are adopted.
The full scale of the growth potential enjoyed by the global renewable energy industry has been underlined today with the release of a major new UN-commissioned report, which predicts that renewable sources could provide up to 77 per cent of the world’s energy by 2050.
The final version of the long-awaited Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (PDF) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released earlier today at an event in Abu Dhabi.
“With consistent climate and energy policy support, renewable energy sources can contribute substantially to human well-being by sustainably supplying energy and stabilising the climate,” said professor Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chairman of Working Group III, at the report launch. “However, the substantial increase of renewables is technically and politically very challenging.”
The report concludes that concerted policy efforts could result in the rapid rollout of renewable energy technologies, although the proportion of renewable energy will increase even without enabling policies.
It also predicts that the emergence of renewables as the dominant energy source could lead to cumulative greenhouse gas savings equivalent to 220 to 560 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide between 2010 and 2050.
The cuts delivered through this could play a major role in ensuring that concentrations of greenhouse gases remain below 450 parts per million, and that this could be sufficient to limit average global temperature rises to below two degrees centigrade.
Read the full Business Green article