IEA: Policymakers must pay more attention to renewable heat

Policymakers must give more attention to renewable heat to help with the clean energy transition and meet emissions targets. That’s the view of Ute Collier, Senior Renewable Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), who believes many countries are focusing policies on renewable electricity but renewable heat is getting “much less attention”. She said renewable […]

Green gas from UK bins ‘could decarbonise heat’

The UK’s dustbins could hold the answer to decarbonising the heat sector with affordable biogas. That’s the suggestion from gas distribution network Cadent, formerly National Grid, which has suggested waste from the nation’s homes, farms, sewage and food could generate enough sustainable fuel to keep between seven and 15 million homes warm each year. There […]

UK ‘should fund green heat over nuclear’

  The government is spending “far too much on nuclear” and should instead be ploughing this money into decarbonising the heat sector. That’s according to former Energy Secretary Sir Ed Davey MP, who told ELN although nuclear power should be “kept on the table because it’s low carbon and may be needed in the future”, […]

Scottish councils win £4.4m for energy efficiency

Scottish councils are receiving £4.4 million to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, communities and public buildings. A total of 15 local authorities will use the funding for energy saving measures to reduce emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Scottish Business and Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse visited Saughton Park in Edinburgh where two large-scale ground source […]

Scottish renewable heat sector sees huge growth

Scottish renewable heat output registered its biggest annual growth last year since 2008. It increased by more than 1,100GWh in 2015, a report from the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government revealed. That’s a rise of 37% compared to 2014 at more than 4,100GWh, it added. Total capacity of green heat in the country was […]

Inquiry into 2020 renewable heat targets launched

An inquiry into the UK’s renewable heat and transport targets for 2020 has been launched. The Energy and Climate Change Committee will explore the main challenges and potential solutions to meeting the goals. The 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive set a target for the UK to generate 15% of its energy use from renewable sources […]

Low carbon heating projects bag £1.75m

Three low carbon heating projects have won a share of a £1.75 million fund. The schemes in Shetland, Clydebank and Glasgow will use water source heat pump technology to extract heat from water to supply low carbon heat. A £1.6 million loan will help fund a large scale sea water source heat pump scheme in […]

RHI critical to uptake of low carbon heating systems, DECC finds

A government scheme which provides financial support for renewable heating in homes and businesses has been critical in the uptake of the technology. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme provide support to install renewable heating in place of fossil fuels and are open to homeowners and landlords, commercial, industrial, public, not-for-profit and community generators. It […]

Renewables heat up in Scotland

Scotland saw a “record increase” in the amount of heat generated by renewable sources last year. New figures published yesterday revealed the nation saw a 36% rise in 2014. It also estimated more than 1GW of renewable heat capacity was in operation in Scotland in 2014, accounting for 3.8% of the total non-electrical heat demand. […]

Fall in RHI business uptake

There has been a decrease in the uptake of the government scheme which provides support for low carbon heating technologies. DECC published the quarterly figures for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) yesterday, which shows a 39% fall in business applications compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. It states: “This decrease was largely due to a […]