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Jun 15, 2010

UK reviews wind power port fund, incentives -govt

FRINTON-ON-SEA, England, June 15 (Reuters) – Britain’s
multi-million pound offshore wind port fund, cited by turbine
manufacturers as a reason for UK investment, is under review,
the new energy minister Charles Hendry said on Tuesday.

Announced under the previous government, the 60 million
pound competition fund for port infrastructure was highlighted
by Germany’s Siemens (SIEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) and U.S. company General
Electric (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) as reasons behind nearly 200 million pounds of
turbine manufacturing investment. [ID:nLDE62S1UE]

Jun 10, 2010

UK grows more skeptical on climate change: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has become more skeptical about climate change, more supportive of nuclear power, and more worried about depending on energy imports, a poll by Cardiff University on Friday showed.

Although the majority still believed climate change was happening, the percentage slipped compared to a similar study conducted five years ago, while worries about energy security and power costs were high, according to the report.

Jun 10, 2010

Government grows more sceptical on climate change: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has become more sceptical about climate change, more supportive of nuclear power, and more worried about depending on energy imports, a poll by Cardiff University on Friday showed.

Although the majority still believed climate change was happening, the percentage slipped compared to a similar study conducted five years ago, while worries about energy security and power costs were high, according to the report.

Apr 21, 2010
via Environment Forum

Attack of the giant offshore wind turbines?

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by Kwok W. Wan

As I travelled up to Cumbria to visit E.ON’s offshore Robin Rigg wind farm in northwest England, I passed through the Lake District, a place famed for its natural beauty.  Out of the train window, I saw grassy banks, craggy hills, farm fields rolling into moody skies — and lines of giant electricity pylons.

I wondered if the 125 metre tall wind turbines I was about to see would be as much of a scar on the coastline as these unnaturally straight man-made structures on the English countryside.  Would they also poke out like huge metal thumbs across the Irish Sea and distract us from the wild beauty of the surrounding lowland hills?

Apr 16, 2010
via Environment Forum

Lack of ships may hinder UK wind power targets: EON

WORKINGTON, England (Reuters) – Lack of investment in the vessels used to build offshore wind farms could hinder Britain’s ambitions to shift to renewable energy, the head of E.ON UK’s Robin Rigg wind project told Reuters at the operations center in Workington, northwest England.

Britain aims to install 32 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2020, enough to meet a quarter of the country’s electricity needs, and although there has been investment in turbines factories and ports, a lack of vessels could curtail targets.

Apr 7, 2010
Apr 7, 2010
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How I overcame range anxiety in Mitsubishi’s new electric car

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By Kwok W. Wan

I’m perhaps not the best person to test drive a car around London, as I consider these metal boxes only as machines to take me from place A to place B, and not vehicles of pleasure.

I did once have a very enjoyable road trip from New York to Los Angles, but someone else was driving, and I just looked out the window.  I’ve never even owned my own car, so approached Mitsubishi’s new electric car with trepidation.

Mar 26, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
via Environment Forum

GE to invest $453 mln in European offshore wind – www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62O2L020100325?feedType=RSS&feedName=GCA-GreenBusiness

GE to invest $453 mln in European offshore wind – www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62O2L020100325?feedType=RSS&feedName=GCA-GreenBusiness

Mar 24, 2010