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Energy efficiency is a measure of energy used for delivering a given service. Improving energy efficiency means getting more from the energy that we use. DECC - Energy Efficiency Strategy: 'The Energy Efficiency Opportunity in the UK'

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  • Today saw the launch of the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) — a new fund that will help rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects. This means that communities can get funding for initial investigations into the feasibility of a renewable energy project, and some of the subsequent planning costs. Read More...
  • The government has just confirmed their proposed rates for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for a number of technologies based upon uptake. The numbers show a marked increase in ground source heat pumps (GSHP), solar thermal and large biomass — particularly large biomass, where the rates double from 1. Read More...
  • ‘Spark Spread’ data is used by energy analysts to indicate the profitability of operating electricity generators; so if you have a CHP you have probably heard the term many times. But do you know what the figures mean and what they are telling you? Read More...
  • A half-day GrowSave workshop led by Farm Energy Centre, which provided growers with an interactive forum on the practical implementation of energy efficiency measures in high temperature protected cropping. With a focus on energy intensive production, the workshop was of particular interest to nurseries producing crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines, poinsettia, begonias, orchids and pot chrysanthemums. Read More...
  • It is common practice to use flue gases from boilers or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units for CO2 enrichment in greenhouses. However, the p little is known about how system age and design affect CO2 gas quality and crop performance. Whilst it is well known that gases such as ethylene and nitrogen oxide (NOx) can have a detrimental, and sometimes catastrophic, effect on crop growth, it is not clear how much of these potentially harmful gases is produced by the different systems. Read More...