Archive for October, 2013

Energy efficiency measures can be more important than any single fuel

October 31st, 2013 by International Energy Agency

Some of the insulation being applied to the external walls of a Hanse Haus under construction in Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Some of the 150 mm insulation being applied to the external walls of a Hanse Haus under construction in Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The International Energy Agency’s inaugural Energy Efficiency Market Report states that the scale of global investment in energy efficiency and its contribution to energy demand are as significant as those of other developed supply-side resources.

The report joins the IEA market reports for oil, gas, coal and renewable energy, highlighting the place of energy efficiency as a major fuel.

The report notes that energy efficiency markets around the world drew investment of up to US$ 300 billion in 2011, a level on par with global investments in renewable energy or fossil-fuel power generation.

IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said “energy efficiency has been called a ‘hidden fuel’ yet it is hiding in plain sight.” Continue reading

RBC Wealth Management staff help Lihou Island Charitable Trust

October 31st, 2013 by RBC Wealth Management

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RBC Wealth Management volunteers visited Lihou Island on 15 and 16 October 2013 to prepare the house for the winter months (click image to expand – image courtesy of RBC Wealth Management)

Volunteers from RBC Wealth Management have given the Lihou Island house a much-needed makeover by re-painting internal walls and creosoting outside decking to ensure that it is completely watertight before the winter sets in.

Twelve RBC Wealth Management employees crossed the causeway to Lihou Island on the afternoon of 15 October 2013y to begin the renovation work. Continue reading

I prefer commuting to work by bike says ITV reporter

October 25th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Helena Carter came to Guernsey over one year ago to work for ITV News in the Channel Islands having worked in London previously.

In London her walk to work took 45 minutes compared to a tube journey of about 40 minutes.

“I always preferred to walk,” she said.

“I always prefer to be more active and that’s why I chose the walking option.”

“In Guernsey I often have very long days. Sometimes I have late shoots so it is great to use the morning commute and the evening commute as a chance to get active and get some exercise in what is always a hectic day.”

Channel ITV reporter Helena Carter bicycles to work, rain or shine, all year long (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

ITV news reporter in the Channel Islands Helena Carter bicycles to work, rain or shine, all year long (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

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‘Cycling Sunday’ with Sir Bradley Wiggins in St Peter Port, Guernsey

October 25th, 2013 by Richard Lord

‘Cycling Sunday’ events took over the St Peter Port, Guernsey waterfront on the morning of 20 October 2013.

Sir Bradley Wiggins2012 Tour de France winner, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and 2013 Tour of Britain winner, was in Town to start a number of cycling races along the waterfront.

Sir Bradley Wiggins surrounded by fans at Cycling Sunday on the St Peter Port waterfront in Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sir Bradley Wiggins surrounded by fans at Cycling Sunday on the St Peter Port waterfront in Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The sun shone at first but rain laden dark grey clouds came from the south and dampened the bicycling events but not the spirit of the occasion. Continue reading

Sir Bradley Wiggins attracts cycling fans to the St Peter Port waterfront

October 25th, 2013 by Richard Lord

(from part 1)

The ‘Cycling Sunday’ events included a race for Guernsey deputies and civil servants.

Deputies Scott Ogier, Elis Bebb, and Barry Brehaut took part.

Deputy Barry Brehaut took part in the deputies and civil servants Cycling Sunday race (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Barry Brehaut took part in the deputies and civil servants Cycling Sunday race (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Barry Brehaut was the first deputy to cross the finish line. Continue reading

Sir Bradley Wiggins said he enjoyed Guernsey and wished to visit again

October 25th, 2013 by Richard Lord

(from part 2)

Fans wore the Wiggo 101 yellow t-shirts with pride (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

‘Guernsey Rides for Bradley’ community cycle ride participants who raised sponsorship money were given a yellow Wiggo 101 t-shirt (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Guernsey Police played an important role closing the waterfront to motor vehicles and being on-hand throughout the mornings events until Sir Bradley Wiggins left the area. Continue reading

Alstom and GDG Suez will work together to develop Alderney Race tidal energy project

October 1st, 2013 by Alstom

GDF Suez and Alstom sign agreement in the company of French President Francois Hollande (click image to expand - image courtesy of and ©Alstom)

GDF Suez and Alstom sign agreement in Cherbourg in the company of the French President François Hollande (click image to expand – image courtesy of and ©Alstom)

Jérôme Pécresse, Alstom‘s Renewable Power President, and Gérard Mestrallet, CEO of GDF Suez, signed a partnership agreement on 30 September 2013 in Cherbourg, Normandy in the presence of French President François Hollande to study the integration of Alstom’s tidal turbine with the pilot project developed by GDF Suez in Le raz Blanchard (the Alderney Race).

Alstom and GDF Suez will work together to establish the various technical parameters to harness tidal currents at the pilot site in the Alderney Race.

The agreement calls for the two companies to pool their expertise to help create a marine tidal energy industry in France.

They plan to commission the first tidal turbines in 2016. Continue reading