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Households could be told to install wind turbines on their roofs under radical proposals being considered for the Government's energy review this month, says Alistair Darling, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
..neither renewable energy nor greater energy efficiency can provide the complete solution to the shortfall we face. This will depend on securing energy supplies from abroad, in new nuclear power stations to replace those becoming obsolete and replacing older coal-fired stations with cleaner, more efficient technology.
The North Sea fillip comes as the pace of energy developments continues to gather momentum in the run-up to the Government's announcement on its new energy policy. The Prime Minister has signed a pact with President Jacques Chirac to pave the way for French co-operation on a new nuclear power programme. The Government has also given the clearance for a series of renewable energy projects including clean coal. New surveys point to an acceleration in job creation in the sector.
A global switch to efficient lighting systems would trim the world's electricity bill by nearly one-tenth. That is the conclusion of a study from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which it says is the first global survey of lighting uses and costs. The carbon dioxide emissions saved by such a switch would, it concludes, dwarf cuts so far achieved by adopting wind and solar power.
At a press conference repeated questions about the prospects for replacing Scotland's nuclear power plants saw the First Minister move on from the old coalition mantra about postponing decisions until storage issues are resolved and shifting the emphasis on to renewable energy. Although his party has been embracing a new nuclear generation, McConnell remains on Labour's environmental wing, closer to his LibDem coalition partners than his comrades who represent Hunterston, Torness and Chapelcross.
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the new trade and industry secretary gave a blunt warning to householders and local councils that they had to support new power projects in Britain - or the lights would go out.
Reports suggested yesterday that the cabinet's Energy and Environment Committee – chaired by Tony Blair and attended by senior ministers including Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling, the Industry Secretary, and Douglas Alexander, the Scottish Secretary – will put the final touches to the government's recommendations in its energy review.
Labour MPs have vowed to make nuclear energy an issue in the forthcoming leadership election after the Cabinet gave the go-ahead for a new generation of nuclear power stations
In a move likely to spark controversy over whether such 'micro-technologies' are an eyesore that could ruin the residential landscape, ministers will announce within 10 days proposals that mean homeowners will no longer need planning permission to install renewable energy technologies on their homes.
I would certainly prefer this to walking blindly into plans to build new power stations without addressing the whole issue of improving energy efficiency across the UK, an act that will, in the case of many conventional stations, cause damage to the climate, and in the case of wind farms, cause damage to the landscapes on which areas such as Wales are dependent for vital tourism income.
If we are to spurn the nuclear option, or indeed if we are to embrace it, we must do so only once we have taken all aspects into account. Rigour and honesty is required, too. We must accept the relevance of the subsidies that wind power receives, and the low carbon nature of nuclear energy.
Tories backed its nuclear message with a call for on-shore wind farm projects to be frozen.
IT is time for UK governments to take a serious look at how we manage the seas. The current position is shambolic.......The sea is particularly important to Wales because she has a disproportionately long and beautiful coastline and also has a disproportionately high dependency on the tourism industry.
Editor's Note: Recently updated, Elizabeth Mann's extensive research on the deceptive measures employed by proponents of industrial wind energy in the UK at both the national and local level should prove quite useful to opponents of wind energy in the UK.
Prime Minister Tony Blair’s bid to build new nuclear power stations will be backed by scientists in Scotland this week, the Sunday Herald can reveal.....Insiders have told the Sunday Herald that as well as endorsing new nuclear stations it will support wind farms.
..BP's report shows the world is reacting to soaring oil and gas prices by stemming its energy use. In 2005 world energy demand grew by 2.7 per cent, down sharply from 4.4 per cent the previous year....In the US, the world's largest energy consumer, demand actually fell - even though the economy grew by 3.5 per cent. So, for the first time in more than two decades, the US combined above-trend growth with an absolute decline in fuel consumption.
WIND farms are out and nuclear is back, according to voters in a Mercury poll about plans for a third power station at Hinkley Point.
TONY Blair has been accused by his own environmental watchdog of ignoring its recommendations in his rush to authorise a new wave of nuclear power plants.
The British nuclear industry will build new nuclear power stations without direct state subsidies so long as the government sets a high price on carbon-polluting electricity, Malcolm Wicks, the energy minister, said yesterday. He said a proposed carbon pricing framework will encourage use of all non-carbon electricity sources including renewable energy, nuclear and even micro wind turbines for home supply.
BRITAIN’S coalmines could be revived and become a primary source of fuel for generating electricity.