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.
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:
On the 22nd of June 2011, DECC launched their new Microgeneration Strategy accompanied by a Microgeneration Industry Contact Group Action Plan. The strategy covers installations designed for generating less than 50kw for electricity and less than 300kw for heat. In line with the terms of the Green Energy Act 2009, the strategy is restricted to England only, although some proposals may apply across Great Britain.
So what does this mean for the future of microgenertion?
Well the short answer is not a lot, for the time being anyway.
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.
As expected, there are some major changes in this new release, in comparison to previous government Renewable Heat Incentive proposals.
It has been confirmed that different approaches are being taken for the domestic and non-domestic sectors, with the RHI being introduced in two phases. Phase 1 will commence post-July 2011, when RHI tariffs will be available for the non-domestic sector.
Ofgem has recently published the new Feed in Tariff (FIT) rates for the 2011/2012 financial year and both generation and export tariffs will increase by 4.8%, in line with the retail price index change over 2010.
Yesterday Ecosulis attended Ecobuild at Excel in east London. The conference is one of the world’s largest conferences on sustainable building and renewable energy (micro to medium scale) and runs until the 3rd March 2011. As always the conference had excellent seminars, a huge diversity of business represented and was very well attended. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
At the conference we noticed a 'Save our Solar Campaign'; http://wesupportsolar.net/.
Hydroelectric power is without doubt one of the oldest power generation methods available - it forms a key role in the production of electricity across the globe. Using energy captured from flowing water, it is estimated that hydroelectric power contributed 19% of the world’s power in 2006. It is still the most frequently used renewable energy source worldwide, offering benefits such as a lack of direct emissions or by-products into the environment, easy maintenance and low running costs.