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How Generating Your Own Energy Can Earn You Money

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When thinking of the best green products for the home, many householders consider whether something which allows them to generate their own energy might be a good idea. Solar panels, wind turbines or equipment to generate hydroelectricity are all very tempting options but how much money can they save you? The truth is that they can actually earn you money as well as save it. The fact that these devices are relatively expensive means that there is a lot of thinking to be done before investing in any of them. However, one issue that could make it a far easier is the FIT scheme. FIT stands for ‘feed in tariff’ and is a wonderful incentive for families to produce more green energy at home. If you have been thinking about buying electricity generating equipment but don’t know exactly how it benefits you, the following points should help explain it all.
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Major Changes for the Renewable Electricity Market: A Focus on UK Contracts for Difference (CFD)

UK Renewable Electricity Generation
(This link will direct you to the European Centre of Technology's website) Renewable electricity generation in the UK has increased from 10TWH in 2010 to almost 54TWH in 2013. As shown in the following figure, UK renewable electricity generation includes: – Hydro – mainly from large schemes built in the 1950’s in Scotland, with a recent investment in smaller run of river schemes; – Landfill gas – increased since the Renewables Obligation (RO) was introduced in 2002, but with limited future growth; – Onshore wind – increased over many years to reach 15TWH in 2013, driven by the RO since 2002; – Offshore wind – increasing from 2012, with future growth expected.
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IRENA Community Launch

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We are pleased to announce that IRENA, an intergovernmental partner of the European Energy Centre (EEC), has launched an exciting new tool, the IRENA Community. The purpose of the Community is to promote engagement and interaction in the Renewable Energy industry. The Community offers any member of the public with an interest in renewables the opportunity to directly engage with the Agency, the IRENA Community is a forum for discussion on topics ranging from renewable energy finance, policy, economics, education, careers, technology and sustainability.
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Environmental Education for new generations

Renewable Energy Educating new generations
Today, as population rises and resources are consumed and reduced, greater environmental sensitivity is necessary and crucial. People concerned with the environmental future have to face the challenge of educating the public about the problems facing our world, raising awareness of environmental issues and creating an understanding of them, due to the imperative need for change. Environmental education: a long-term solution The long-term solution to environmental problems is the environmental education. It is harder for adults to adapt and change than it is for younger people who are still searching for the ideals and principles they wish to follow…
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UK Offshore Wind

Offshore wind turbines
The UK will have to face several challenges over the next twenty years. The country will have to deal with the increasing global competition for resources responding to the demand of reducing its carbon footprint, minimising increases in energy bills, substituting an important proportion of its electricity generation capacity and improving the security of energy supply. A way to solve these issues would be to set a portfolio using a range of different renewable and low-carbon energy production technologies. What balance should be used in this approach is still an argument of discussion; however, as suggested in the Building an industry 2013 report by RenewableUK and BVG Associates, offshore wind is certain to be a key technology in the future if there would be improvements in the cost of energy.
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Electric Vehicles And Their Impacts On Generation And Distribution System

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One of the main priorities of the UK Government is to reduce its GHG emissions by at least 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 from 1990 levels, according to the Climate Change Act (2008). The Carbon Plan (December 2011) outlines the actions that needed to be taken in order for the government to achieve the emissions reductions that it is committed to [1]. The UK transport sector has a crucial role to play in meeting the targets since it heavily relies on fossil fuels and...
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Training Course Survey Results

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In September 2013, as an Independent Professional Body for Education in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sectors, the European Energy Centre (EEC) commissioned a survey on the organisation's training courses. The survey was distributed to a random selection of past participants on the organisation’s training courses. The results of the survey found that over 95% of participants would recommend the EEC training courses to a friend or complete another course themselves whilst over 80% believe the course to significantly benefit their job or career prospects.
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Fracking vs. Renewables?

Shale gas extraction
Learn about energy options on the Renewable Energy Solutions Course. For more information email [email protected] or phone (UK) 0131 446 9479 The issue of ‘Hydraulic Fracturing’ or ‘Fracking’ for short, is currently receiving a great deal of media attention and has been seen as both a panacea to concerns about energy availability and prices domestically and internationally and conversely as an ecologically damaging, polluting and unnecessary industry. Renewable energy technologies are also often seen in very binary terms; as either an ecological panacea or as money making scams that damage landscapes. The issue of…
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How much do you know about Renewable Energy?

How much do you know about Renewable Energy?
The European Energy Centre (EEC), which is an Independent Educational Body for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sectors, has produced this info-graphic in order to help individuals find out the best options for them when it comes to learning about the Renewable Energy Industry. From engineering, finance and law to design and consultancy, knowing about the Renewable Energy Industry can help progress careers across many sectors. Options include specific technology focusses, over-arching Renewable Energy courses and courses on how to handle Renewable Energy Management and Finance.
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Major Renewable Energy Professional Membership Programme Launched

MAJOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMME LAUNCHED
The EEC Accredited Centre has announced the launch of the new Global Membership Programme for professionals and students to gain recognition in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sector. The Programme rewards members who show a continuous commitment to professional development within the industry with the title of Mastership in Renewable Energy. The Programme responds to research calling for a better skilled workforce in order to meet the EU 2020 energy efficiency targets, undertaken by Build Up Skills UK, and it is operated by a global leader in Renewable Energy training, the European Energy Centre (EEC). The Membership Programme aims to build on…
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