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We will all adapt and benefit from the end of the oil age

Nothing like a positive, upbeat news story on which to end the year...
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Faraday are launching their initial EV product offering next week

That they are giving their concept its first outing at the worlds most important electronics show rather than a car show is telling...
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The decision to plough on with Hinkley C is baffling

The closer we look at the commercial details around Hinkley C, the more we fear for the sanity of the elected leaders who champion this dogs breakfast of a project...
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OPEC remain optimistic about the future of fossil fuels

OPEC’s optimism is at odds with the way the automotive world is changing...
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Major car makers are rushing to tell us of their new electric models

Both Ford and VW have announced mass market electric models this week and, not to be outdone, Jaguar is shouting about its entry into Formula E...
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For 2015 so far 32% of all new electricity capacity in the US has come from solar

In October, ALL the new capacity was from renewables...
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Electric cars are our future – Europe needs to commit

With the combustion engine seemingly coming to the end of its lifespan and heading down a steep slope, coming the other way and zooming passed it is the electric vehicle...
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The Toyota i-Road is being feted as the future of urban motoring

It looks zippy, safe and rear wheel steering will make handling a hoot...
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Cuts to the Feed-in Tariff scheme might not be implemented until March 2016

If you were considering a PV installation on your business but were put off by the prospect of FiTs all but disappearing on 01 January, you might want to reconsider...
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General Motors has confirmed that the new all-electric Bolt will go into production

If GM make this work then they have the global production infrastructure to send this mainstream very quickly...
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A future where homes and businesses produce and store their own electricity and sell surplus to others is within our grasp

This report from the free market think tank The Adam Smith institute creates a picture of what could happen if we ditch the statist, production led, centralised generation model...
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Importing huge amounts of electricity from spare capacity generators is a proper market starting to function

Paying top dollar for very short term spikes in demand is certainly going to be much cheaper than building hugely expensive additional generation capacity...
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Las Vegas is turning to solar energy

Turning Sin City into Sun City...
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Lithium-air battery technology to have exciting impact on how we consume electricity

Lithium–air battery technology has the potential to provide storage at a fifth of the cost and weight of the Lithium-ion batteries which are currently used...
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The move from fossil fuels to renewables is happening on a staggering scale

AEP paints a gloomy picture for anyone holding shares in big oil, gas or coal this morning...
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The Chinese are using an imaginative approach to utilising solar farms

Chinese farmers are using the installation of solar farms on their land as an opportunity to produce niche crops...
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Toyota are insisting hydrogen cars are the future of motoring

The electric car revolution may have moved on too far and have too much momentum for hydrogen cars to take hold but we shouldn’t underestimate Toyota...
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Wall Street Journal's report on air quality in western Europe shows cities are failing to meet air pollution targets

It is a fitting retort to the sanctimonious crowing that Europeans have directed at gas guzzling yanks over the years...
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The UK government have effectively handed over control of our nuclear power capacity to the Chinese state

If further evidence was needed that energy is far too important an issue to be left to the short term whims of politicians, this is it...
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Politicians need to think of the long term consequences when it comes to energy

UK energy policy has left the margin of safety for our generation capacity wafer thin, and with a heightened risk of blackouts...
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Amber Rudd has announced that all of the UK’s coal fired plants will be closed unless they revert to alternative fuels or install carbon capture by 2023

This basically means shipping loads more woodchip from Canada and the US...
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The Telegraph's Matt hits the spot again with this cartoon

Electric and hybrid car owners may be 22 times more smug than originally thought...
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VW’s actions may spell the end for diesel cars

The industry is now contemplating the possibility that this episode could be the beginning of the end for diesel cars...
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Important sources are predicting bad things for big energy

Time to go electric…
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Renewables covered 80% of German electricity demand one afternoon last month

For a modern industrialised country like Germany to be producing 80% of its energy demand from the sun and the wind is an incredible achievement...
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The Mission E is being shown for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show

This is cutting edge and we like it...
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CEO of National Grid Steve Holliday discusses centralised generation and grid distribution

He makes some extremely valid points, particularly when he observes how much solar generation capacity is being added and how much demand this removes from the grid...
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More learned opinion is now urging government caution towards the new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point

It looks like common sense is starting to prevail...
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Investment bank Jeffries point out that the UK's capacity for generating electricity may fall short at peak demand next winter

Most people, those in government excepted, have known this for years...
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Germany's first large-scale photovoltaic plant is being refurbished

It’s getting harder for enemies of solar electricity to find logical arguments to employ. A common line trotted out is that PV systems lack longevity so we are grateful to the Germans (via the BPVA) who are about to refurbish one of the first commercial PV plants constructed 32 years ago.
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Hinkley Point subsidies could hit £40bn

More detailed analysis of the dogs breakfast that is the government’s handling of the Hinckley Point replacement appears in The Times. This time, the commentator is Antony Froggatt, a senior research fellow for energy at Chatham House, and something of an expert on the European nuclear industry. So you might expect some positive words. Not at all.
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EDF have announced the latest delay to the opening of Hinkley Point

EDF (and the PM ) promised that this generator would be online by 2017; fat chance say EDF this morning...
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Mypower are exhibiting at the Moreton Show this weekend

This Saturday (5th September) sees the return one of the best loved country shows – Moreton Show...
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January 2016 will see a huge reduction in the Feed In Tariffs paid for PV installations

We now know quite how sharp the FiT reductions will be next year...
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Audi to unveil 310-mile electric SUV to rival Tesla Model X

Audi’s move into Tesla’s airspace makes the front page of today’s FT; any doubters who cling on to the hope that internal combustion will always be with us will have to accept that the game is over. When a manufacturer as important as VW starts delivering electric
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Scottish Power have announced Longannet coal fired station will close next March

Another part of the UK’s historic generation infrastructure will close next year...
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Hitching a cable to charge an electric car has already become old hat

Chargemaster, who make the charging points you see at supermarkets and some streets, have won the contract to make charging pads developed by Qualcomm...
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We can see the inarguable case that running cars on electricity is more sensible than volatile liquids

We think that the days of the internal combustion engine are numbered. But then we would...
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Implement rooftop solar and prevent business black-outs

The prediction of a 10-year low of spare energy capacity meant the risk of black-outs was a real possibility earlier this year...
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Saudi Arabia have agreed a deal on a 50MW solar electricity system

It’s slowly dawned on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that their huge country might be a good fit for solar electricity...
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The French Embassy has announced that it now buys 100% green energy from Ecotricity

The French state is heavily involved in its nuclear power industry and it might reasonably expect its overseas missions to be backing a national champion...
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Poland’s factories are having to restrict output as electricity supplies are cut during an unusually hot summer

We have a real life example of what can happen when an old and inefficient generation network collides with a dynamic industrial economy and a very un-dynamic political establishment...
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Greater Manchester Pension Fund to invest £10 million of its members’ cash into renewable energy projects

Solar energy is uniquely placed to allow growth in this type of investment...
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Norway aiming to ensure all their cars are zero emission by 2025

Ambitious talk from those canny Norwegians...
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The oil futures market to have a big impact on Saudi Arabia

The Saudis are being squeezed by low oil prices at a time when the kingdom has never been more vulnerable to Iranian power and a restive population...
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One fifth of the UK's electricity was produced by renewable means last year

That’s 19% of our electricity which hasn’t required us to buy gas from Qatar, coal from Poland or bung more lifelong subsidies at the French nuclear industry...
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The headline on the BBC website regarding solar subsidies ending is misleading

"Small scale solar energy subsidies set to end" gives the wrong impression...
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Greg Barker has issued the most sensible response yet to the DECC announcement

We’ve had a lot of time for Greg Barker since his days at DECC...
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The BPVA has issued its response to today’s DECC announcement

Unlike most commentators, it is the voice of reason...
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A solar industry which weans itself off state help is healthier and stronger for it

The Guardian leads with the DECC announcements regarding cuts to solar subsidies...
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The solar industry needs to think carefully about its response to the rumour of a sharp reduction in the Feed in Tariff

The story about the little boy crying wolf is one those who speak for the solar industry may wish to consider...
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Speculation about Apple's involvement in the car business is growing

Apple has employed Doug Betts, an auto industry veteran from Chrysler...
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Chinese built electric bus is now ready to start work on London’s busy streets

Five of them hit the road in October and will be part of a rolling replacement of the captal’s traditional diesel fleet...
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Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society - Tillage Event 2015

Mypower's experts will be on hand to explain how the solar PV installation process works and to answer any questions you may have...
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Solar industry representatives are wailing following a leaked report from the DECC

Lots of press coverage about what may or may not happen to FiT levels following a leaked report from the DECC...
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The Financial Times is pondering the risk that the low oil prices poses to solar investment

We find this baffling - oil prices may be low for now but are unlikely to stay that way and solar energy has no ongoing cost...
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Uber want to purchase all of Tesla's self-driving cars in 2020

Tesla is shaking up the established automotive order and has hastened the rush to market electric cars from the better known marques...
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Lots of justified grumbling about changes to the Climate Change Levy in the summer budget

For the first time, the Climate Change Levy will be applied to energy purchased from renewable sources...
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German utility company RWE is lagging in renewable generation

If any corporate story epitomises the disruptive effect renewable energy is having on the established generation players, it is RWE’s...
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Richard Branson predicts all cars will be electric in 20 years time

Richard Branson’s prediction that ICE cars will not be being made in twenty years adds another mainstream voice to the cause...
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Solar power supplied 16 percent of the UK’s electricity demand on Friday 3rd July

Even though it’s reported in The Grauniad, we have no reason to doubt the veracity of this piece reporting record outputs from the UK’s PV systems...
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Samsung's latest announcement could be a real game changer

A wall of money being thrown at battery technology is starting to yield results...
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BMW have announced that its entire range will be electrified

We’ve been consistent that the move to electric cars will gather pace in the next couple of years. This transformation has just taken a huge step...
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Spain have everything in place to be leaders in solar energy however...

With no indigenous hydrocarbons, high levels of reliable sunshine and loads of land relative to the population, Spain should be at the forefront of a move to solar energy...
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Renewable power will overtake coal if climate pledges are kept

Nearly all countries will have to sharply drop their greenhouse gas emissions if a UN agreement is clinched in Paris later this year...
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Two-thirds of the UK public believe that investments in fossil fuels are becoming increasingly risky

More evidence that sentiment towards hydrocarbon stocks is turning in the weekend’s FT...
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Mypower attend Intersolar, the annual trade show for the European and global solar industry

We're enjoying some warm Bavarian sunshine and the occasional wheat beer at Intersolar, the annual trade show for the European and global solar industry...
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Mypower have installed an electric car charging point in their car park

Mypower have got theres in early, plan for the future and do the same for your business...
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Any lingering doubts as to whether the unions have become irrelevant dinosaurs are dispelled in this morning’s Times.

The GMB has broken rank with its loony peers at Unite to support the development of fracking...
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Fossil fuels, it seems, are going to be phased out by the end of the century

There’s some big talk from the G7 jolly in Bavaria today. Fossil fuels, it seems, are going to be phased out by the end of the century...
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Another day, another investment company offering a ‘high’ yielding fund using income from solar assets

Anyone with a roof and a daytime electricity demand would be better off cutting out the middlemen and installing their own system...
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There has been a surge in electric and hybrid car sales this year

Electric and hybrid cars are going mainstream. Stats out from the SMMT show that sales of these cars in the year to May are up four fold on last year’s number at around 12,000...
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Daimler-Benz have quietly updated the world on its own progress with battery storage

Clearly lacking the highly effective PR machine that Tesla employs, Daimler-Benz quietly updated the world on its own progress with battery storage recently...
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Ikea is fixing the cost of their energy for the next 25 years

Ikea have been generating electricity from PV for years and lest cynics accuse the highly profitable multi-national of milking subsidies...
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The Times - solar is going to replace hydrocarbons on a macro and micro economic level

Bullish front page piece in today’s Thunderer setting out some themes which we’ve been banging on about for some time...
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Further warnings today on the fossil industry’s political and technological storm – Time to secure your business’ energy.

Fantastic article in today’s Telegraph reporting the IMF blowing the lid on the real cost of subsidies to the hydrocarbon industry.
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Saudi Arabia is pouring some of its oil wealth into huge solar power schemes

Fascinating comments from Ali Al-Naimi, Saudia Arabian oil minister, acknowledging that the kingdom needs to face up to a future without hydrocarbon...
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Eco friendly cars can now be charged out and about in Gloucestershire

We are delighted with the news that our local County Council are installing electric car charging points in the county...
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SSE have confirmed that the Ferrybridge C power station in Yorkshire is to close at some point in the next twelve months

This ageing, high maintenance plant will soon be no more...
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Crafty parking and solar PV mean it's simple to charge this electric hybrid car

Our Ben has had to improvise while he waits to get a charger fitted for his new electric hybrid...
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InterContinental Hotels Group are going solar

Big business has taken note of the cheap solar generated electricity in the UAE...
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UK blackouts and energy rationing are a real possibility

Anyone with a business which relies on a secure, reliable supply of electricity should read this and be very concerned...
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EU are dishing out free money to producers of the dirtiest form of energy generation

Greenpeace often do themselves no favours with some of the bonkers stuff they come out with. On this one, they may have a point...
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Land of the Rising Sun

As the sun shines on a beautiful May morning here in the Cotswolds, it’s hard to imagine how anyone could reasonably argue that solar energy will not play an increasingly important part in our future energy make up...
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We welcome the appointment of Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

As David Cameron assembles his new cabinet today, we welcome the appointment of Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change replacing the Lib Dem Ed Davey...
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An electricity distribution network built for another age and a previous century should not be allowed to be a drag on our energy future

The report in today’s Grauniad highlights the problem that grid capacity presents to localised renewable generation...
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The wider population is becoming increasingly aware about solar energy

Any lingering doubts about the inevitability of solar energy becoming mainstream will be dispelled in the coming year...
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Mypower to install 40kw of solar PV at Sheppy's Cider

Our love for solar energy is matched only by our love for cider...
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The Sunday Times was giving the solar industry a big shout this weekend

Almost 2GW of capacity was plugged into the grid in the year to end March...
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Energy security is a more pressing obligation for governments than counting carbon emissions

Nick Butler in the FT reminds us that energy security is a more pressing obligation for governments than counting carbon emissions...
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Tesla’s much anticipated domestic and commercial battery is launched

Well here it is.Tesla’s much anticipated domestic and commercial battery is launched and we think this is something rather special...
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Effective electricity storage is the holy grail for our industry

Effective electricity storage is the holy grail for our industry; once we can properly store all the electricity we produce outside of working hours, the commercial arguments for PV become even more compelling...
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The ever reliable Moneyweek believe solar energy is reaching a tipping point

Moneyweek suggest solar energy is near a tipping point - excellent news...
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Maldives tourism industry under threat from waste

Any of you planning a luxury trip to the Maldives may wish to stop reading now...
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Electricity from solar 33% cheaper than electricity from gas in Dubai

Here is an amazing stat... Electricity from solar 33% cheaper than electricity from gas in Dubai
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The Germans are world leaders in solar PV installation

The Germans have three times the amount of PV capacity as the US and around a quarter of the worlds total.
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Solar covered cycle lane in South Korea is a great initiative

We are evangelical about the wonders of the bicycle and PV solar energy so we loved this innovative solar covered cycle lane in South Korea.
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GM's ugly electric car being killed off

With sales plunging by over 50%, GM has quietly announced that it is killing off it’s electric Volt. GM cites lower gasoline prices in the US for it’s demise, we are not so sure...
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One part of the Green Party's manifesto makes perfect sense

The Greens may be as mad as a box of frogs but we like this part of their manifesto: “ensure that all schools, hospitals and other public buildings have solar panels by 2020″ Unlike most of the bonkers stuff these dreamy idealists come up with, this makes perfect sense.
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Big oilcos such as Shell slowly pulling out of petrol retailing

The noise surrounding Shell’s blockbuster takeover of BG Group has meant that another strategic move by the oil behemoth has been overlooked.
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A number of boats, ferries and ships to be powered by batteries

The demise of the internal combustion engine gathers pace; ferries, container ships and service boats such as tugs and tenders will be powered by batteries according to engineering colossus ABB.
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Mypower install solar PV on the pavilion roof of Dumbleton Cricket Club

Mypower have just completed a 4kW solar install on Dumbleton Cricket Club's cricket pavilion roof.
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Shell’s agreed takeover of BG Group is strategically sensible

We have no doubt that Shell’s agreed takeover of BG Group is strategically sensible; the combined business will have a dominant position in the LNG market and gas is increasingly being burned in developed countries to produce electricity.
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Another reminder of how the energy giants hold the sway of power

Lest anyone should forget that all energy infrastructure projects suck at the teat of state subsidy, not just renewables, here is another reminder of how the energy giants hold the sway of power.
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Financial Times report further evidence that lower oil prices aren’t going to restrict the growth of solar energy

Further evidence that lower oil prices aren’t going to restrict the growth of solar energy generation comes from the United Arab Emirates and is reported in todays FT
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Let's kick oil while the price is down

We don’t often find much we agree with in The Grauniad but this clip by Naomi Klein is of interest. Given her well documented dislike of capitalism, it’s surprising to hear her argue for some very nasty capitalist behaviour of taking advantage of an enemy’s weakness.
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New permitted development rights mean that your business no longer needs planning permission to install PV on its roof

This looks like it may has slipped quietly under the radar, but from April 15, new permitted development rights mean that your business no longer needs planning permission to install PV on its roof
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Solar Industry Needs To Direct Efforts At Areas It Can Thrive Without Subsidy

As we predicted earlier this week, the Solar Trade Association’s whinge about the ending of subsidies hasn’t fallen on sympathetic ears.
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Upbeat Assessment of Solar PV Future

An upbeat assessment of the future of solar PV in the nation’s energy mix was spun by the DECC as proof that large scale solar farms no longer needed subsidy; cue outrage from the solar ‘industry’ which increasingly sounds like a subsidy junkie.
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Cutting emissions is going to bankrupt us?

Well, the climate change lobby will probably demand that he be burnt at the stake for heresy but Matt Ridley suggests it today’s Times that the rush to slash carbon outputs will bankrupt the country.
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Mypower customer shines on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today

We’re early risers at Mypower and we were able to catch some of our customers talking about the success of their PV systems on their farming and food businesses
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Dyson plugs into electric battery manufacturer

There move towards battery power in gaining momentum. We hear today that household appliance visionary Sir James Dyson has taken an interest in a small US battery technology company.
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Two birds, one stone

Two stories caught eye today and we can’t help but link the two. First, Reuters reports that the UK trade deficit fell to a mere £4.4bns in the three months to January 2015, largely due to the fall in oil prices
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Solar panels worth thousands of pounds stolen from farm in Gloucestershire

Light fingered wrong ‘uns have been pinching solar panels in Gloucestershire. The Echo tells us that they are being sold door to door. We guess that some people won’t be able to resist a perceived bargain but they’ll be anything but.
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Energy security and self sufficiency to drive UK up take of solar energy

We’ve always been of the view that the market will decide the future of energy sources, not carbon targets decreed by increasingly (globally) irrelevant organisations as the EU. A piece by Nick Butler in today’s FT illustrates just how fast this is happening.
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Solar Impulse plane takes to the skies for the first leg of its round the world journey

Whilst the world gets increasingly excited about electric cars, another revolution is (literally) quietly taking place in the United Arab Emirates. Solar Impulse has taken off from Abu Dhabi and the pilots hope to circumnavigate the globe powered by solar energy
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Don’t allow overweening praise to get in the way of appraising Apple

We’ve reported on the rumours swirling around Apple’s possible entry into the car market so we’ve enjoyed this piece by Sathnam Sanghera in The Times. We’re divided about Apple and it’s products but there is no denying that the firm can be massively disruptive when it puts it’s mind to entering a new market. Before 2007, Apple has never made a mobile phone
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Putin ready to turn off Europe’s gas supply

Alarming headline in today’s Times alerting us to the imminent danger that Russia is about to restrict gas supplies to western Europe. Even more alarming is the fact that, due to the intricate linking of the European gas network, we don’t know exactly how much of our gas actually comes from Russia other than its probably in the 6-50% range
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Will Apple’s bite into the electric car market see the end of the fuel powered car ever closer

Given that the brilliant Tesla S has what looks like a giant iPad in it’s central console, it should come as no surprise that speculation is rife that Apple is planning to develop an electric car. It would probably be cheaper to do it in house instead of buying Tesla at it’s current (bonkers) market cap. And given that electric cars
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BP says huge rise in energy demand at odds with climate change fight

Sticking with the BP global energy report, it’s interesting to note that The Grauniad takes the carbon emissions angle, jumping on the oil giant’s assertion that global growth, and the inevitable increase in energy demand
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US oil boom to run out of steam

Oil prices are racheting back up and a report attributed to BP in todays FT suggests that the world economy is likely to become even more dependent on OPEC exports by 2030
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Apple breaks the $700bn barrier after solar deal

Apple products are loved, nay adored with cult like devotion. However, the one bug bear we always hear about is the incessant need to charge the things. Perhaps conscious of just how vulnerable their products are to power outage
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Airbus tests electric aircraft

We told you about the incredible solar powered plane here but this is even more relevant in that it is made by Airbus and that it will be certified for flights in 2017.
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Roads to power green cars on the go

Today’s Times reports on the fascinating trials being carried out by the Highways Agency and the engineering consultancy Halcrow into wireless charging of electric cars
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Even with oil prices falling there is still demand for renewables

Three facts jump out in this article from today’s FT, which speculates on the impact of lower oil prices on the market for electric cars. The first is that the UAE is building a solar farm in Dubai which will supply electricity at $0.06/kWh which is 2-3 cents
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Solar plane prepares for round the world flight

Cynics will scoff but this solar power plane might do for commercial aviation what Tesla has done for electric cars
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