Last week Ecosulis has received notification from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) that we had been successful in our bid to be a participating consultant/contractor in a three year framework agreement to supply technical support. The contract is referred to as FATS/4.
This month has seen two big changes to operational revenue streams for renewables. On one hand the government seems determined to destroy investor confidence and the solar industry with the second unscheduled decreased in the Feed in Tariff (FIT) in the last ten months. Whilst on the other the long awaited consultation on ROC banding, although not entirely positive, is in the main a welcome firming up of policy direction.
A focus on local, community scale energy generation is not a new feature. An emphasis on the potential benefits of a more localised and distributed pattern of energy generation and on the involvement of local communities in renewables first emerged in the 1970’s.
The Localism Bill
The Decentralisation and the Localism Bill is now at the Committee stage in the House of Lords. Recently we summarized some of the key aspects of the bill.
Localism is being promoted as having the potential to enable communities to plan, build and operate renewable energy project such as wind turbines. This blog looks at the potentially how the bill may facilitate renewable community energy projects.
Development of a Biodiversity Management System
The committee stage of the Localism Bill continued for a fifth day in the House of Lords today. The Bill contains provisions for local government and community empowerment, planning, housing and the governance of London. Key elements of the Bill related to planning include:
Since the introduction of the feed in tariffs in April 2010 the UK has seen a massive resurgence of interest in small hydro projects. The projects in the main have been run of the river schemes which make use of water in a watercourse as it passes through rather a location rather than storing it behind a dam. Run of river projects are dramatically different in design and appearance from conventional hydroelectric projects which store enormous quantities of water in reservoirs, necessitating the flooding of large tracts of land.
Redundant weir removal
As reported on the Environment Agency website, two important barriers to fish have been removed by the Environment Agency’s Fisheries Team on the Meden and Maun rivers, near to New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire. Both of the weirs were built to measure the flow of water in the 1960s, but became redundant in 1989, and have been unused ever since.