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Editor: David Keighley
15th March 2012

The Government has been quickly out of the blocks to refute newspaper suggestions that it would like to see the 2020 renewable energy target scrapped. And Energy Minister Edward Davey also made clear the Government's position regarding nuclear power being considered a form of renewable energy - along with carbon capture and storage (CCS) it most certainly isn't.

Yet while the UK remains committed to the EU's 2020 renewable energy target, what is at issue within the EU is just what comes after that. Davey maintains that the UK is one of several EU member states that believes any new target to be put in place for 2030 should be 'technology neutral' - in other words, countries should be free to determine their own energy mix.

At least this month's announcement of a home for the Green Investment Bank and funding for Green Deal training schemes suggest that whatever energy mix is decided upon for post-2020, renewables will have a key part to play if future emission reduction targets are to be met.


dcPreview: Drives & Controls 2012 Exhibition and Conference
This year's Drives & Controls Exhibition and Conference takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from April 17-19 alongside a group of co-located events. More?

eiEnergy Institute and ESTA launch register of energy consultants
Launch of a Register of Professional Energy Consultants aims to offer industrial energy users reliable advice on saving energy and cutting bills. More?


lzLenze extends range of energy efficient mounted drives
Lenze has extended its 8400 motec range of terminal box inverters which now covers powers from 0.37 to 7.5kW. More?

rnRemote valve operation by PC or mobile phone
Designed to improve safety in industrial environments, Radin's Radio Valve Controller can remotely open or close valves via a PC or mobile phone. More?


agJoint venture installs £1.25m of PV power on port buildings
PV panels have reduced the annual carbon footprint of a Milford Haven Docks and Pembroke Port by 172,000 tonnes. More?

mnEnergy efficient lighting withstands food industry conditions
Robust PATLITE CLA slim LED bar lights from Motion29 can withstand water and high temperatures, suiting them for food and drink sector applications. More?


ixThe dilemma of fast charging electric vehicles
We'd all like to charge our electric vehicles in the blink of an eye. Peter Harrop of IDTechEx looks at the challenges. More?

ctCarbon Trust funding to aid vehicle fuel cell development
Funding for four UK fuel cell pioneers could see their technology under the bonnet of mass-produced hydrogen-powered cars as early as 2017. More?


sgThermostat systems provide efficient temperature monitoring
Spelsberg HT thermostats are being used in frost protection systems to provide efficient temperature monitoring. More?

ecUltra-fast lasers pointing the way to more effective solar power
Scientists at a UK university are using ultra-fast lasers to help in the development of new nanomachines and solar power collectors. More?


ngUK pilot plant to demonstrate Bio-SNG potential
A pilot plant producing bio-substitute natural gas from waste has been announced by National Grid, Advanced Plasma Power and Progressive Energy. More?

whETI explores using Wave Hub for floating wind turbine testing
Wave Hub, the world's largest wave energy test site, could be used by floating offshore wind turbines as part of a £25m demonstration project. More?


gd£3.5m Government funding backs 'Green Deal' skills training
Funding of £3.5m will help train hundreds of people in key green skills ahead of the launch of the Government's flagship energy efficiency scheme. More?


giEdinburgh chosen as location for Green Investment Bank HQ
Edinburgh is to be home for the HQ of the UK Green Investment Bank - but the organisation's main transaction team will be London-based. More?

David Keighley

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