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The oil war has begun

Very shrewd analysis in City AM of the geopolitical games within games being played in the global oil market at the moment. The stakes are high for those at the table; the UK isn’t, having long ceased to be important other than as a place where oil wealth can be traded and safely parked. Consumers should enjoy the boost to disposable incomes
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Prepare for a long term fall in energy prices

A thought provoking blog from Nick Butler in today’s Pink ‘Un sets out a grim future for holders of shares in the oil majors. He is also one of the first to credit renewable energy with some of the credit/blame (delete as appropriate) for the decline in oil demand.
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Pelamis Wave Power entering administration

Sad news in today’s Times about Pelamis Wave Power entering administration. Their technology will doubtless be bought up by someone else with deeper pockets and we’re sure we’ll see this most reliable form of clean energy becoming mainstream.
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Oil price fall starts to weigh on banks

It didn’t take long for the PR machines retained by the banks to try and depict the falling oil price as a bad thing for the wider economy.
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Taking your solar PV with you

We always applaud any efforts by the government to increase take up of PV on the roofs of commercial buildings but we’re not convinced that this initiative will sway anyone’s decision.
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World's first solar cycle lane opening in the Netherlands

This could almost be a Daily Mash spoof of a Guardian story, featuring bicycles, renewable energy and cycle paths; a guardianista’s wet dream.
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Solar panels ‘are a blight on farmland’

We’re staggered that farmers are even allowed to continue claiming acreage payments once the land is used for energy generation but it seems this bizarre situation is about to end.
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British manufacturing under threat due to rising electricity costs

More special pleading from the EEF who seem to have woken up to something that most of us spotted years ago
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Rockefellers join anti-fossil fuel drive

Goodness. When the fund based on the Rockefeller riches earned from Standard Oil announces that it is divesting its oil and gas investments to pile into renewables, we know that we are in a good place.
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Coming 'oil glut' may push global economy into deflation

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard usually hits the nail on the head with his gloomy assessment of global economic prospects. Here he is talking about the downward pressure on oil prices and the potential for this to cause deflation
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Mypower at Moreton Show 2014

We had a great day at the Moreton Show on Saturday. Perfect weather brought the crowds out and it was great to see lots of happy customers as well as many potential new ones.
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Our preferred panel supplier, REC, gets recognition in todays FT

Nice to see our preferred panel supplier, REC, getting some recognition in the Lex column in todays FT. REC is a well run business with a focus on quality and long term sustainability.
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No greater recommendation than repeat business from your customers

Of all the benchmarks a company can use to measure it’s performance, returning customers is probably the most reliable. This is why we are so pleased to be carrying out our third installation for Kernock Park Plants in Saltash, Devon.
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Subsidies for fossil fuels?

Interesting opinion piece in Citywire this morning which goes some way to debunk the myth that only renewables receive subsidy. It’s authors may have an axe to grind given their day jobs
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Power prices top worries at small firms

More evidence in this piece in The Times that companies are starting to wake up to the threat posed to their business by rising energy costs.
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RWE set to shut power stations as energy profits fall

Further evidence in the Pink ‘Un as to the disruptive effect Germany’s push for renewable energy is having on the established central generators.
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China’s demand for dairy is great news for our customers

Rising Chinese demand for dairy products isn’t something we’d normally comment on here but we’re pleased to see one of our customers making hay in this fast growing market.
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Farmer's wife threatens to leave husband in solar panel row

Solar panels can divide opinion, we know, but this couple appear to have taken things to new levels of dispute. For the record, we’re on the side of the farmer’s wife; productive farm land should be used for food.
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‘Surprise at rise in UK inflation’ scream the headlines.

The Bank of England’s programme of Quantitative Easing, or money printing, as it used to be called, has placed huge amounts of liquidity into the economy. History tells us that intervention in the money supply on this scale only ever produces one result; inflation.
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Clean energy home ends 12-month trial with surplus

A house built by researchers at the American National Institute of Standards and Technology has proved that a regular house for regular families can be self sufficient in energy. In fact, the house produced a surplus of electricity over and above that used by its inhabitants.
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Greg Barker steps down

Greg Barker is stepping down as minister at DECC and leaving politics altogether. A genuine believer in the role renewables will have to play in the UK’s energy future, He’ll be missed.
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Germany: Every second industrial roof has a substantial PV installation

We're in deepest Bavaria this week and can see first hand the results of Germany's aggressive push towards solar energy. Every second industrial roof has a substantial PV installation, providing the business with a large chunk of it's electricity demand and reducing the commercial impact of the rising cost of imported energy.
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Governments support to the rollout of rooftop solar

Mypower's Ben Harrison challenged Rt Hon Greg Barker at the BPVA conference to deal with the grid capacity issue being experienced across the industry in particular medium scale roof top installations.
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DECC Sec of State Greg Barker speaks at BPVA conference

DECC Sec of State Greg Barker is on now. A child like enthusiasm and a genuine zeal for his brief. He seems less pleased to see that he was sharing a platform with his former boss.
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BPVA conference 2014 begins

We're at the BPVA conference this morning. Not a good start when disgraced ex-minister and unrepentant jailbird Chris Huhne stood up to speak. Things got better when Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy took the stand. She shares our view that we need to lose the word 'green'.
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Germany’s solar rooftops and wind turbines produced 70% of the country’s electricity requirements

he FT’s energy section contains a lot of dry, factual stuff which usually appeals only to energy obsessed nerds like us. But this story jumped out, and we’re surprised it isn’t getting wider visibility in the mainstream media. On Sunday May 11, albeit for only one hour, Germany’s solar rooftops and wind turbines produced 70% of the country’s electricity requirements.
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Russia 'secretly working with environmentalists to oppose fracking'

We aren’t sure what to make of this. The Grauniad is reporting claims from NATO boss Anders Fogh Rasmussen that Russia has formed an unholy alliance with green groups to oppose the development of fracking in western Europe.
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Quarter of companies expect power shortages over next few years

It looks like companies are waking up to the real threat to their businesses posed by the UK’s creaking energy infrastructure. If you are one of them, and you’d like to explore the potential for owning your own energy and getting a real return from your roof space, come and talk to us.
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Britain readies 'last resort' measures to keep the lights on

If further proof were needed that energy (like healthcare and education) is far too important to allow politicians anywhere near it, then here’s some prima facie evidence. Ed Davey has proudly unveiled his cunning plan to keep the lights on. This splendid wheeze involves asking firms to volunteer to have their supply cut of and paying them to do so. They get paid again if they do actually need to have their energy restricted.
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Saharan desert could offer all the energy the world requires?

e had a nose around the Cheltenham Science festival on Saturday but didn’t see or hear anything as interesting as The Times’ Giles Whittell. He writes in today’s Thunderer about hearing that 300 square miles of the Saharan desert, covered in solar panels, would provide all the worlds energy needs;
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UK electricity: jolt needed

The Lex column in today’s FT lays bare the problems facing both the established electricity generators and the regulators as they try to find a way to keep the lights on. The monolithic generators quoted in this article, Eon and RWE are becoming more vocal about the disruption the increase in renewable energy generation is causing their business.
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Barclays downgrades US power sector over solar threat

Utilities used to be safest of non-cyclical stocks; predictable cash-flows (and hence dividends) from highly regulated markets make utility stocks a key part of income portfolios. Barclays are of the view that this may not be going to last. The UK bank has issued advice to it’s clients warning of increased risk in investing in debt issued to US energy utilities.
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Martifer Solar builds “grid parity” PV plant for IKEA in Italy

PV has a hard core band of detractors who trot out the line that this energy source will never be viable without subsidy.
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Solar to match coal in China by 2016, threatening fossil dominance

Now this is a game changer; Eric Luo, the CEO of Wuxi Suntech has confidently predicted that cost of producing electricity from solar will match that of coal burning stations by 2016, 2017 at the latest.
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Russia's gas king taunts crumbling Europe over China pipeline coup

ardly news to us because we’ve been banging on about this for a few years now, but to see the scary state of European energy supplies laid bare by a Russian with an axe to grind might be a wake up call for many.
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Electric car revolution

We’re big fans of Elon Musk. His Tesla brand will be seen as the reason why electric cars eventually went mainstream. Not by making them appeal to the self-righteous, knit-your-own- yoghurt types who bought Toyota’s gimmicky Prius, but my making them fast, expensive and desirable.
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End to solar farm blight as subsidy scheme is scrapped

Well. It’s been well flagged and now the DECC has issued it’s consultation document which many will see as the beginning of the end for utility scale solar farms. The Telegraph certainly thinks so in this article which will delight it’s readership.
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Birds-eye view of Mypower work

It’s not every day that we see our work in the popular press, so we are pleasantly surprised to see a birds-eye view of this 30kWp system
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Cash cut for solar farms

here we have confirmation that government policy is going to be less supportive to field scale solar farms
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Power companies pour scorn on plans to avoid blackouts

Revelations in this morning’s Times that National Grid’s strategy for keeping the lights on is ‘in disarray’ will come as no surprise to anyone with half an eye on the UK’s precarious energy situation.
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Invest in the ‘free energy’ revolution

Huge R&D budgets are being directed at onsite battery storage
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The end of the oil age cometh

Well researched piece in The Telegraph puts clear evidence that solar energy is going to replace dependence on carbon fuels. This article raises some interesting issues.
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The UK’s rooftops to become power stations

Plans to turn the Government estate as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy Minister Greg Barker today
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British Gas boss warns of blackout risk

More sabre rattling from Sam Laidlaw who is doing a good job as boss of Centrica of scaring the horses. Basically he is saying, ‘look, do anything which upsets our cosy oligopoly and you’ll be shivering in the darkness in no time at all’.
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Banking industry’s new enthusiasm for funding renewable energy

We were up early today to attend a seminar organised by NatWest and hosted at the pleasant surroundings of the business centre at Worcester RFC.
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Tesla Plans To Build World's Biggest Battery Factory

Elon Musk is truly a visionary who has made electric cars desirable. His plan to scale up the production of lithium batteries to bring costs down doesn’t just bode well for the future of electric cars.
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Renewable energy…subsidies are no longer essential

Ever since we started this business in 2009, we have enjoyed debating the merits and need for renewable energy with anyone who doesn’t share our vision. One of the standard fall-back lines in any anti-renewable argument is “..well, it only works with massive subsidy.”
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German Companies Take Back the Power

More evidence from Germany showing a fundamental change in companies’ attitude to energy. This was first published in the Wall Street Journal and contains some really interesting detail about the changes underway in Germany’s energy market.
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UK energy security at risk as gas imports surge - Centrica

We know that we are at risk of sounding like a stuck record on this topic, but this is the latest in a number of articles which lays bare the fragility of our energy security.
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UK factories shut down to avoid high power costs

businesses aren’t convinced by the investment case for installing their own energy generation capacity, then this story in the FT presents a compelling operational argument.
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Utilities want solar users to pay more

We’re seeing these stories more and more in the financial press and they have a common theme; large monolithic utility companies bellyaching about the effect that solar PV is having on their business
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Get liberation from union blockheads: go on two wheels

Whilst not wholly relevant to renewable energy or better handling of waste, we felt the need to share this superb op-ed piece in today’s Times.
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Solar panels better than a pension

Well we’ve known this for some time but it looks like the idea is going mainstream
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Energy Performance Certificates

Commercial landlords and institutional property companies will need to be aware of some changes being made to Energy Performance Certificates.
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One day there will be no difference between waste and energy

The very idea of regarding waste as a calorific commodity rather than a troublesome cost centre is still slightly odd-ball
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