Category Archives: Biomass

Northern Ireland and its RHI scheme controversy

RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) schemes are something I’ve long supported. In many countries the winter heating load can represent a significant proportion of carbon emissions. Recall only 20% of the UK’s final energy consumption is electricity, while 36% is heating. … Continue reading

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The 100% club

Recently Portugal has managed to pass that key milestone of achieving 100% of its electricity from renewables over several days, an improvement on the 70% of a few years ago. Granted its more normally an average of 48% from renewables, … Continue reading

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Wooden skyscrapers

Traditionally a limiting factor with wood has been the building height. Historical buildings made of wood were up to 50m high, in the case of some Norwegian Stave churches, but more recently wood structures have been limited to only a … Continue reading

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A brief history of Drax and UK energy policy

A key feature of any nation’s energy policy is to play the long game, with long term planning, based on sound scientific advice. However this has been precisely what has been lacking in the UK, which has gone through six … Continue reading

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Energy Report card – An update

Updated on November 2015 with the latest data from the REN 2015 report About a year ago I wrote an article about the current state of play as to the performance of renewables. How they were doing in real terms, compared … Continue reading

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Longannet – The good news and the bad

One of the major news stories in Scottish energy policy in recent weeks was the announcement that the 2.4 GW coal fired power station at Longannet would be shutdown next year. Longannet is Scotland’s largest thermal power station and thus largest … Continue reading

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