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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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  • The government is backing a new UK solar energy research facility, which will aim to create a hub of solar energy expertise. The National Solar Centre will open in April this year, and will be run by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). In light of the UK's target of 22 GW of solar installation capacity by 2020, the centre aims to enable the solar industry to reach its highest performance potential, through work such as optimising long-term solar performance, creating best quality assurance, and providing design advice, product knowledge and technical standards. Read More...
  • The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced how it will control expenditure on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) — the subsidy on the production of heat from renewable sources. If, in any financial year, the RHI reaches 97% of its allocated budget, the scheme will be suspended — i. Read More...
  • Many species of birds are unaffected by onshore wind farms, according to a new study carried out by researchers working for UK bird charities. Scientists with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) found that, in many cases, building the turbines was actually more disruptive to birds than operating them. Read More...
  • A presentation on renewable energy investment options given by Farm Energy Centre's Technical Director, Tim Pratt, at the British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) Conference, on 7th - 8th February 2012. The presentation looks at: Green subsidies - ROCs, Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive; and Technologies - anaerobic digestion, wind, solar photo-voltaics (PV) and biomass boilers   Read More...
  • These presentations were given at two Carbon Trust / HDC Biomass Heating for Horticulture Workshops that were held in January and February 2011. At the time of the workshops, the precise details of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) had not been announced. Read More...

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