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Guernsey Electricity gets planning permission to install photovoltaic panels on Stores building

November 9th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Guernsey Electricity Ltd Photovoltaic panel installation on the roof of the Stores Building on the Northside of St Sampson (click image to expand size)

States of Guernsey Planners have approved the Guernsey Electricity Ltd application submitted in September 2017 to install up to 330 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Stores buildings by the island’s power station on the Northside of St Sampson.

Guernsey Electricity Ltd will install the solar panels in 2018.

Alan Bates, CEO of Guernsey Electricity Ltd, said “this scheme benefits customers by feeding solar energy into the electricity grid, helping diversify our mix of energy sources and complementing low-carbon electricity imported from France.” Continue reading

Hotel de Havelet in St Peter Port installs electric vehicle charger

October 30th, 2017 by Green Acorn

The Hotel de Havelet in St Peter Port is the second Guernsey hotel to install an electric vehicle (EV) charging station for use by their guests.

Hoteliers increasingly recognise the need to install EV charging stations, as EV ownership increases across Europe and the world.

The EO charger that has been installed at Hotel de Havelet offers connection via the EO smartphone app to allow the car owner to manage their electricity charging needs.

EO electric vehicle charge point installed at Hotel de Havelet in St Peter Port, Guernsey. (left to right: Keith Hounsell of Green Acorn; Gennaro Festivo, General Manager of Hotel de Havelet; and Sean Fuller of EVGuernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Gennaro Festivo, General Manager at Hotel de Havelet,  said “we noticed increasing interest in electric vehicles and had received enquiries about charging points at the hotel.” Continue reading

UK renewable energy production record set in second quarter of 2017

September 29th, 2017 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK is highlighting UK Government statistics which show that a record proportion of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewables in the second quarter of 2017 – with wind producing more than any other clean energy source.

Figures from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy covering April to June 2017 show that a record 29.8% was generated by renewable energy sources in Q2 2017, beating the previous quarterly record of 26.9% set in Q1 2017.

Forty-five percent of the UK’s clean electricity in Q2 was generated by wind energy alone (27% from onshore wind and 18% from offshore wind), due to increased capacity, particularly in onshore wind, and higher wind speeds, according to the UK Government’s latest “Energy Trends” report. Continue reading

Guernsey Electricity plans to install solar array on Central Stores roof

September 26th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Solar panels generating enough electricity to run about 50 electric cars could be installed at Guernsey Electricity’s power station in St Sampson.

Guernsey Electricity is preparing plans for a solar array of 330 photovoltaic panels to be installed on one of its main buildings.

The renewable energy scheme would benefit all electricity consumers by harnessing solar energy that would feed into the island’s electricity grid.

The solar array will help diversify Guernsey’s energy sources and will complement the importation of low-carbon electricity from Europe as part of the generation mix. Continue reading

Tocardo Tidal Power generates electricity at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney

June 26th, 2017 by Tocardo International BV

Tocardo Tidal Power’s 1.4 MW tidal turbine deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has received accreditation under the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme from Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) in the UK)).

Tocardo entered the tidal energy industry in the UK with the FORESEA & InToTidal project and the successful installation of Tocardo’s TFS (Temporary Foundation System) in Orkney in early 2017.

Tocardo turbine installation producing power at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland (click image to expand)

The TFS was prepared for deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC’s) grid-connected tidal test site at the Hatston Pier in Kirkwall. Continue reading

Essential maintenance to GJ1 Jersey – Guernsey electricity cable

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Guernsey Electricity switched off the cable importing electricity from France in early May 2017 to undertake essential maintenance work to the Channel Islands Electricity Grid.

The planned maintenance should take about two weeks to complete.

It will include work in the Barkers Quarry substation, as well as complementary work on the grid in Jersey and France.

After two successful years of operation following a pre-emptive repair in 2015, the submarine cable GJ1 will be inspected and reburied.

The CS Recorder, a ship owned by GMSL, will rebury the section of cable subject to weather conditions.

CS Recorder in St Peter Port harbour on 17 May 2017 (click image to expand)

Alan Bates, Chief Executive of Guernsey Electricity, said “‘we are undertaking maintenance of the Channel Islands Electricity Grid system to ensure that our infrastructure continues to provide Guernsey with a secure and stable power supply.

This work has been carefully planned for the summer months when electricity demand is at its lowest level.

We have ensured that Guernsey Electricity Ltd’s on-island electricity generators are ready to meet the demand,” he said.

“The cable GJ1, which imports low carbon energy from France via Jersey, normally provides up to 90% of Guernsey’s electricity.”

Guernsey Electricity Ltd has invested nearly £30 million in on-island generation infrastructure to meet the island’s electricity demand during electric cable maintenance.

 

 

Offshore Wind Power Generation presentation by Professor David Infield on 3 May 2017

May 2nd, 2017 by Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers

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The Channel Islands Group of Professional Engineers (CIGPE) is hosting a lecture in Guernsey and Jersey by Professor David Infield from the University of Strathclyde on “Offshore Power Generation.”

Dr. Infield is Professor in Renewable Energy Technologies.

His Guernsey presentation will be at the Princes Royal Centre for Performing Arts in St Peter Port. The presentation begins at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 3 May 2017.

The imperative to save energy and financially viable technology to do it

October 30th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, speaking to the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, speaking to the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Frenchman Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, didn’t mince words when he spoke at the Business for Environment conference in London in September 2015.

“We absolutely need to save more energy than we do today and we need to do it faster,” he said.

There’s an absolute sense of urgency to this quest because of two striking facts.

The climate is changing and our demand for energy is increasing because the global population is growing, people are moving from rural areas to cities, there is a rising middle class, and an ageing population.

Demand for energy is growing twice as fast as the rate that we are currently saving energy.

The good news is that there are financially viable technologies available to save energy. Continue reading

Crucial role of energy productivity in electricity generation capacity

October 23rd, 2015 by Richard Lord

Trevor Hutchings of the WWF speaks at the Business for the Environment Conference in London (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Trevor Hutchings of the WWF-UK speaks at the Business for the Environment Conference in London in September 2015 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Trevor Hutchings, Director of Advocacy at the WWF-UK, and formerly leading the low carbon economy programme at the UK government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change, had the last word at the B4E Climate Summit conference in London in September 2015 by making a clarion call to conference delegates to promote the need and opportunity for energy efficiency and energy productivity.

He praised the fact that in many countries economic growth had been decoupled from carbon emissions but recognised that although momentum for energy productivity was building, the pace and scale of progress wasn’t rapid enough.

He highlighted the huge opportunities for improved energy efficiency in the UK economy.

“Energy efficiency should be an infrastructure priority,” he said.

Implementing cost-effective energy efficiencies, such as the installation of energy efficient street lighting, could represent a saving of 10% of the UK’s overall energy consumption, which would displace the need for some new power stations. Continue reading

Lessons from Bristol – European Green Capital 2015

October 6th, 2015 by Richard Lord

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, speaking at the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (©RLLord - click image to expand)

Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson CBE, speaking at the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (©RLLord – click image to expand)

Speaking at the Business for the Environment Climate Summit in London on 9 September 2015, George Ferguson CBE, the architect and charismatic Mayor of Bristol, gave an impassioned speech about the imperative and urgency to make cities and communities more energy efficient.

He wrote the booklet “Races Against Time” in 1983 and said that action to become more energy efficient and resilient was more urgent now than ever as ‘we haven’t moved far enough’.

During his short tenure as Mayor of Bristol he has been a strong advocate for action to tackle climate change.

Mayor Ferguson holds the portfolio for Energy, Climate Change and Resilience with the Core Cities which include ten Core cities in the UK from Glasgow to Cardiff, and eight of the principal English cities that are not London.

He described Bristol as a historic, complex and hilly city of 500,000 people with a third of its area covered with greenery and water. Continue reading