Monthly Archives: October 2010

Leeds Energy Advice Day

You could get cavity wall or loft insulation for only £85!

As part of National Energy Saving Week, the Energy Saving Trust advice centre have teamed up with energy conservation specialists Yorkshire Energy Services to run a comprehensive energy advice day at Leeds open market on George street this Thursday 28th Oct. The event will give local residents help and support on all aspects of domestic energy saving and offer affordable solutions for reducing fuel consumption and fighting climate change.  

The Energy Saving Trust provides information on everything from central heating to smarter driving tips. As an impartial Government funded agency, their advisors can refer suitable residents to a range of grant aid scheme that can cover the installation costs of a broad range of energy saving products and services. They can check your eligibility for local projects and give updates on what support is available in your local area.

For anyone who doesn’t qualify for an energy grant, as a special event promotion, Yorkshire Energy Services will be offering a discount on their household insulation service. Anyone attending the advice day will be offered Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation for only £85*each! Yorkshire Energy Services work with a network of accredited installers and manage the whole process to make it as hassle free as possible. Anyone interested in applying for this promotion need to register their details with the advisors on the day.

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New Government, New Opportunities?

Out With the Old

The new coalition government’s move to cut funding to Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), resulted in the Low Carbon Building Programme’s closure.

This has come as a significant blow to the renewable energy sector as it has left the heating side of microgeneration financially unsupported. The Coalition has also detailed their intention to abolish Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS) in the ‘Decentralisation and Localism Bill’.

The Yorkshire and Humber RSS contained the ENV 5 policy, which promised to support growth in the microgeneration industry by promoting new building developments to make greater use of decentralised and renewable or low-carbon energy sources.

In With the New

The proposed Decentralisation and Localism Bill will devolve greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods and give local communities control over housing and planning decisions. The empowered councils now need direction and incentives to continue working towards decentralised, low carbon, secure energy production.

In the proposed Bill, the Coalition also makes the following important proposals:

  • We will establish a full system of feed-in tariffs for electricity – as well as the maintenance of banded Renewables Obligation Certificates.
  • We will create a green investment bank.
  • As part of the creation of a green investment bank, we will create green financial products to provide individuals with opportunities to invest in the infrastructure needed to support the new green economy.
  • We will encourage community-owned renewable energy schemes where local people benefit from the power produced.
  • We will also allow communities that host renewable energy projects to keep the additional business rates they generate.

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South Yorkshire is Greenest in Region

Record numbers of renewable installations are within South Yorkshire.

The Energy Saving Trust have examined statistics from Ofgem on the amount of installations of electricity generating technologies such as solar panels since the launch of the Government ‘Feed in Tariff’ incentive in April this year.

South Yorkshire’s 412 installations are mostly within Sheffield, followed by Rotherham, Barnsley, and then Doncaster.

Compared to West Yorkshire’s 199, North Yorkshire’s 79 and the Humber’s mere 40, it’s thanks to South Yorkshire than the region is ranked 4th for providing the highest amount of installations throughout the UK, beaten only by South East England, South West England and East of England. Continue reading