Energy Secretary Edward Davey gave delegates at this month's Global Offshore Wind Conference in London assurance that the UK's commitment to meeting its renewable energy target is 'unshakeable'. We will get at least 15 per cent of our energy from renewable sources by 2020, he said - "it is immovable".
But he also made it clear that it's not for government to decide what blend of energy technologies will keep the lights on and the air clean in ten, 20 or 30 years' time. "What I want is a fair race for different technologies - competition. Our strategy is to gradually move towards the right framework to allow clean energy sources, including energy efficiency, to compete."
Truly cost-competitive offshore wind could be less than a decade away, maintains Davey. "Right across the supply chain, from research and design to operations and maintenance, I want all our renewable industries to be ready and able to hold their own on the world stage."
Global Offshore Wind 2012 showcased both the UK and emerging markets, its conference programme covering both policy and technical topics and its exhibition presenting the products and services of key players in the offshore wind sector. More details and downloads are here.
EVENTS & EDUCATION
The Energy Event 2012 - Show Preview
This year's The Energy Event aims to help organisations optimise energy use, comply with legislation and put in place sustainable energy solutions. More?
Award for Mitsubishi's 'Learning Curve' educational scheme
Mitsubishi Electric has received acclaim for its educational programme which teaches tomorrow's energy consumers about renewable technologies. More?
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
Divider shares hydraulic flow between motors or circuits
Hydraulics company Comatrol has developed an efficient product to distribute flow proportionally between two hydraulic motors or circuits. More?
Conveyor chain moves into the fast lane for energy savings
By conveying objects 2.5 times faster than the actual chain speed, Tsubaki's new conveyor chain offers improved operating life and reduced energy use. More?
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Facade system 'future-proofs' against new standards
Schuco's insulated aluminium facade system could help 'future-proof' buildings against the stringent requirements of upcoming building regulations. More?
LED lighting brings big energy savings to waste facility
The City of London Corporation has cut energy use at a major waste transfer facility by 70 per cent by upgrading to an LED lighting system. More?
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
Electric vehicles to drive surge in traction motor market
Increased electrification and componentry within vehicles is boosting the market for traction motors, say analysts Frost and Sullivan. More?
Green transport schemes given £113m boost
A total of 30 carbon cutting local transport schemes, drawing funding of £113m, have been given the green light by Transport Minister Norman Baker. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
Meters drive energy monitoring into production processes
New Allen-Bradley power meters from Rockwell Automation offer users an opportunity to drive energy monitoring further into their production processes. More?
Public sector organisations to follow Carbon Trust schemes
Twenty four public sector organisations have taken action to reduce their carbon footprints and energy bills by following schemes developed by the Carbon Trust. More?
Tesco and ENER-G combine to develop compact CHP plant
Supermarket giant Tesco has worked with sustainable energy group ENER-G to develop a small footprint combined heat and power (CHP) system. More?
Tracker system makes the most of sloping PV sites
Developed as a flexible solution for PV solar installations on sloping ground, Ideematec's horizontal tracker system can be installed without time-consuming earthworks. More?
FUNDING & FINANCE
ETI funding and investment in electric storage plant
ETI project funding and equity investment together totalling £14m will enable Isentropic to build a full-scale demonstrator of its Pumped Heat Electricity Storage plant. More?
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
Small emitters offered Emissions Trading Scheme opt-out
UK small emitters and hospital installations are being offered an opt out from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as Government seeks to cut down on red tape. More?