UK: Vital Breakthrough For Renewable Energy!
Posted by on 2004-05-19 08:18:42
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“The European Union, which aims to double its renewable energy use by 2010, projects that 60 percent of this potential may be met by small-scale power.” (Worldwatch Institute) Good Energy, a leading supplier of 100% renewable electricity, makes it possible for small-scale renewable energy generators to sell their electricity, with the launch of its Home Generation tariff for homes and business. Good Energy’s Home Generation takes another step towards a sustainable solution to maintaining a habitable world and our lifestyle in the face of threats of climate change and diminishing fossil fuel reserves.
It opens up the potential of thousands of homes and businesses to generate renewable energy for the UK.
Michael Meacher, MP, environment minister 1997 – 2003, highlights the importance of this breakthrough: "I think this launch of a new home generation tariff that enables small-scale generators to sell their electricity is the breakthrough we have been waiting for. If we are going to even get near our target of 10% electricity generation from renewables by 2010, the small-scale renewable generation market has a key role to play.”
Above Pic taken by Gordon Foat Of Future Energies
Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive, Good Energy, explains: “Good Energy is inspired by a vision of solar panels on the roofs of homes and businesses; small wind generators in back gardens and water mills converted to generate power. This is the possibility that is now opened up with the introduction of the Good Energy Home Generation tariff.
“To achieve government targets on renewable energy we need to shift our energy thinking from a centralised model to embrace a balanced and decentralised model as part of the solution. Now every home and every office has the opportunity to make a difference and be their own renewable power station,” concludes Juliet.
Until recently this decentralised model has been held back from achieving it’s potential for two reasons:
Renewable Obligation Certificates (or ROCs, which demonstrate that electricity has been produced to renewable standards and are a tradable commodity) were not available to micro generators.
Electricity buyers required expensive metering systems to measure the amount of electricity produced making micro generation complicated and uneconomic.
As of the 1 April 2004 UK legislation enabled micro generators to qualify for ROCs. This provided the opportunity for Good Energy to introduce their Home Generation scheme, which allows small-scale generators to sell their electricity to Good Energy simply based on readings they submit from their existing meter. Customers receive 4p per KWH (unit) for all the renewable electricity they produce including the energy they use themselves.
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The DTI Energy White Paper – “Our Energy Future”, states that the UK faces three major energy related challenges to enable us maintain our lifestyle.
Climate Change – how can we keep the lights on while at the same time reducing our impact on the climate?
Decline of the UK’s indigenous energy supplies– With UK reserves of Coal, Oil and Gas all diminishing and no new Nuclear power stations planned where will the fuel for the energy come from?
Infrastructure – With many coal and nuclear power stations coming to the end of their lives and not due to be replaced, how will we generate our electricity?
About Home Generation
If you have access to a sunny roof, a windy ridge or a flowing stream you can be part of the micro power revolution. Would be Home Generators can follow Good Energy’s check list:
Have a renewable generator in place and be able to provide details of your installation.
Have a meter installed on your generator, which records the total generation data.
Comply with your local distribution company’s requirements in order to agree a connection to the national grid. This is done by either going through a G83 or a G59 process depending on the size of your generator.
We request that you do not have an export meter on the system. However if this is the case you may still be eligible as long as you do not have a separate export supply number.
About Good Energy
Good Energy supplies only 100% renewable electricity from wind power, small-scale hydro and solar power. For every unit of electricity used by a Good Energy customer, Good Energy promises to buy a unit of electricity from a renewable power source
Good Energy supplies over 9500 homes and businesses in England, Wales and Scotland
Good Energy is recommended by both the Friends of the Earth and the Ethical Consumer Research Association and achieves the top rating with both these organisations
Good Energy is the first electricity company to publish an independent audit of its renewable supply claims
On the 1 March 2004 Good Energy became the first independent supplier of renewable electricity in Scotland
Good Energy is owned by Monkton Group PLC (www.monktongroup.co.uk) which is a publicly owned company. The majority of Monkton shareholders are Good Energy customers
Good Energy was previously known as unit[e]
Good Energy is based in Chippenham in Wiltshire
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