News – May 2012

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Geothermal energy could meet a fifth of UK’s power needs

The UK could meet a fifth of its power needs – the equivalent of nine nuclear power stations – by exploiting geothermal power, a new report into the technology has found. But the report, by Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), found that the current subsidy regime does not provide sufficient incentive to develop the technology in the UK.

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A Report on Community Energy in Scotland

Through research carried out for the knowledge exchange and networking project ‘SCENE Connect’ the Sustainable Community Energy Network (SCENE) have built up the most in-depth dataset ever on Scottish community renewables. The findings of this study are detailed in ‘A report on Community Energy in Scotland’.

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Higher EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 due to economic recovery and cold winter

Greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2010, as a result of both economic recovery in many countries after the 2009 recession and a colder winter. Nonetheless, emissions growth was somewhat contained by continued strong growth in renewable energy sources. These figures from the greenhouse gas inventory published by the European Environment Agency today (30 May) confirm earlier EEA estimates.

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Solar power generation world record set in Germany

German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity – equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity – through the midday hours of Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank has said. Germany’s government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022. They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass.

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Rio+20 Business Focus: Grant Thornton outline strategy to boost renewables sector

Ed Nusbaum and Nathan Goode, from the Grant Thornton advisory group, explain what is holding back investment in clean technology and what can be done to encourage a flow of cash into the green economy. The challenge of developing a low carbon global economy has been with us for decades. However, we have entered a new phase on the route to decarbonisation following the financial crisis in 2008, further complicating the agenda for Rio+20.

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