Promoting Renewable Energy in the UK

Improving the Use of Renewable Energy in BuildingsGreen or renewable energy is fast becoming a source of great concern in the United Kingdom. The National Energy Foundation is actively seeking ways that it can widely promote renewable energy and sustainable development. Several different projects are currently underway in the area of renewable energy.

Renewable Energy for Good Program

The National Energy Foundation in collaboration with local authorities, county councils and Energy Saving Trust (EST) Advice Centers, work together to manage the Energy for Good program.

The program assists both homeowner as well as small and medium enterprises (SME’s) that want to purchase renewable energy systems, by providing accurate advice of a technical and economic nature.

The program guides customers through the process from beginning to the end. Besides that, it helps customers locate grants and handle any disputes that may develop during the process.

Another service that Energy for Good offers is an assurance to customers, by their insistence on high technical standards and prices, that provide value for your money through the use of local installers during the installation process. Finally, it handles questions of interest from both the public and SME’s who express interest in renewable energy for buildings as well as transport applications.

The Log Pile Project

Wood Energy, UK, wood fuel heating - Ashden Award winner

The purpose of the Log Pile Project is to extend the work that was done under the Wood Fuel Information Service and the Wood Fuel Buyers’ Club Project. The main objective is the promotion and assistance in using wood as a source of renewable energy. This is accomplished mostly in the development of a website which includes the following information:

  • Online database of suppliers of wood fuel including search facilities
  • Progression of a guide that explains how to use wood as a sustainable energy source
  • Provides an opportunity for sales growth for wood fuel suppliers
  • Provides detailed information on wood pellets
  • Provides a list of wood pellet stove and boiler suppliers

Grasping of Climate – ACT

The Grasping of Climate Project or Acting for Climate Today is partly funding by the European Commission’s Altener program. This program is a school project whose main goal is developing an understanding of the impacts energy use has on our environment and climate as well as discovering how our individual choices impact what happens in the future. This will be accomplished through inspiration and development methods that will allow teachers to work with their students on themed projects.

The National Energy Foundation also provides services to promote renewable energy such as providing advice and information on renewable energy and the efficiency it provides for domestic, schools, and commercial users; training courses; consultancy services for the commercial user, and an educational service to promote the utilization of renewable energy sources in schools.

What is the reasoning behind choosing green energy or renewable energy such as that we find in solar power, wind power, hydro power, and bio mass?

In short, much of the energy we buy today comes from fossil fuel and nuclear power. When these fossil fuels are burned, they release emissions into the atmosphere that have serious effects on our environment including the release of carbon and sulphur dioxides that effect climate changes and produce acid rain. Both of these fuels also depend upon limited resources. With so much emphasis upon global warming and the breakdown of the ozone layer that protects us from the sun, it is important that everyone does his or her part by switching to a renewable energy source, which would have a considerable positive effect in reducing carbon emissions.

For those who may have concerns with the renewable energy sources that rely on the availability of energy such as that of heat or light from the sun or wind, a small degree of back up may be required to assist during these intermittent periods. However, researchers do not believe that this intermittency will be of major concern for the United Kingdom over the next twenty years.