Blazing the Green Trail: UK Sets Renewable Energy Record

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Summer in the UK this year has yielded a significant accomplishment for sustainability. The United Kingdom has set a new record for renewable energy output! Solar panels managed to produce 7.6 GW of power. Wind farms also helped contribute to the record.

The wind farms caught 9.5GW of energy. This record of 19.3 has helped meet more of UK’s energy demand. In an unprecedented but wholly welcome twist, renewable energy managed to provide energy more than the usual sources put together.

The production of coal was put to a sudden halt after the surge in power occurred. The United Kingdom has already begun lowering their production of coal and fully intends to do away with the practice by the year 2025.

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What’s so great about wind and solar power?

Wind turbine farms are one of the more well-known sources of clean energy. In 2011, wind managed to supply 6.3% of Europe’s energy demand. Since then, wind farms have enjoyed a progressive annual growth.

Solar energy makes use of solar modules that are used to secure and develop electricity. In 2012, photovoltaic (PV) systems in Europe accounted for about 55% PV systems on a global scale.

Why good comes out of setting a new record?

Being able to supply the UK with more than half its demand for energy is a great way to silence detractors of renewable energy. There has been a bit of criticism regarding the boom for renewable energy. The loudest arguments regarding renewable energy have always been about how there has not yet been any sort of quantification of the actual amount of energy that could be produced. Most studies generate estimates.

This event in the UK now stands to show that renewable energy like solar panels and wind mills can generate more than enough power to sustain demand. They also drive down the prices of gas, coal and oil.

Other detractors love saying that this “going green” movement manner of obtaining energy would be robbing jobs from coal miners and whatnot. What they do not take into consideration the jobs which shall be generated because of the renewable energy plants. In 2009, over 550,000 people were able to secure jobs working in the renewable energy industry.

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Ignore the Noise

When these occurrences become more and more common, the stronger the argument that supports the shift to green energy will be. There are strong criticisms about how green energy has drastically lowered shareholder value for German energy giants like E.ON. Let’s consider why. The existence of renewable energy has provided an alternative to the already established energy companies.

As more and more people are realizing that they save more money by going green, there will be less reason to patronize the old ways. Most complaints are driven by a loss in revenue. While that is understandable, it is also primarily selfish.

Europe can show the world that after the initial costs of installation, the rewards are long-lasting. If we achieve this more and more nations will adapt green energy and finally our world will catch a much needed break.

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Is There Really a Crisis: What’s the Deal With Europe and Energy?

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It has been proven that shifting to renewable energy creates jobs. With this in mind, let’s explore the relative benefits of renewable energy to the business sector of Europe. With the rising costs of energy and its production, any smart business owner would find ways to limit their consumption. However, what occurs when limiting consumption is no longer viable?

A business needs to operate in order to generate profits. If the focus is all on cutbacks, how effective will their service be? This is one of the primary reasons why corporate giants from Europe’s business sector made a massive push for sustainable and renewable energy. If you’re wondering why, let’s look at the very real benefits that business can reap.

Lower consumption costs

Renewable energies like solar or hydroelectric power can severely slash consumption costs. It is estimated to be able to halve current consumption costs. The move to renewable and sustainable energy means that a business is no longer competing to get a piece of the limited energy pie. There will be more funds available for the other facets of the business.

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PR honey pot

If you’ve ever seen The Avengers, you’ll remember a scene with Tony Stark declaring his base of operations a beacon of clean and sustainable energy. Pepper Potts immediately mentioned the need to “get some press” on this new development. It’s true for the movies and it’s also true in real life.

Businesses who have moved to renewable energy are the darlings of media. It’s a smart public relations strategy. As more and more consumers are becoming aware of “going green”, there can be a significant impact in the decision of patronizing your establishment or not. Hint: if your business has gone green, you’ll be receiving more green from your customers as well.

Employment creation

At the start of this article, we mentioned that it has been proven that renewable energy creates more jobs. The installation, upkeep, and maintenance of solar energy and the like need more manpower. If more and more businesses patronize renewable energy, the demand will create a great need for more centers which generate clean energy.

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Significant return of investment potential

Going green can cost a bit at the onset. However, the long-term effects of applying a renewable energy system to your business shall be significantly positive. When you get to save half of what you’d normally pay for the usual energy consumption and add that through the years, the savings are staggering.

Under the CCL (Climate Change Levy) your business will also receive exemption from paying duties.

Lessening Emissions

Global warming is a serious issue. If steps aren’t taken to lessen greenhouse gas emissions, more damage will be done to our environment. It is important to be discerning about the form of renewable energy you choose as others still have some emissions.

To close, businesses have much to gain from choosing renewable energy. As the current form of energy is slowly but surely drying out, going green is a good way to have a secure energy supply.

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Looking Back: Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2012 Conference

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We take a look back on an important conference held in 2012. It was held in Amsterdam on October 9th to 11th.  Join us as we discuss the important details regarding smart energy as shared by key speakers. Bear witness to rare insight and thoughtful discourse. The aim of this conference was to join together the critical blend of representatives from key energy fields, governments, as well as economic industries.

This was the year where in there was much emphasis placed upon smart metering, ICT/Data management, smart grids, and so much more. This conference provided a productive space where in learning about smart energy was provided for anyone who cared to learn.

That year, we were honored to have as speakers a plethora of industry giants like the Advisor of the Executive Board of Directors for EDP Distribuicao: Antonio Aires Messias.

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There were several panel debates which generated significant interest. There was a fascinating discussion regarding customer insights and behavior. Could it be possible to learn the algorithm that would help predict consumer behavior to help curb the rapid consumption of energy? Such questions were discussed in the panel discourse entitled: “Evolving customer services: new billing models, transparency and trust”. Retail and consumer behavior are always important when discussing energy consumption. Who else uses energy if not us? The emphasis placed upon the end users generated much discourse. Some thought that placing that much importance on analyzing consumer behavior was unethical. However, it is to be noted that most technological advancement we’ve had was possible because of analyzed patterns.

Symposiums are always a good place to battle out ideologies and meet people whose opinions may clash with yours. What’s important is that there was significant progress in dialogue. This is crucial given that the attendees of the conference could very well determine the path that European energy would take. It is humbling to be part of moments in history that help shape the policies we live by.

To this day, Europe’s energy consumption consistently rises each year. As we consume more and more energy, it does not make sense that the affordability of energy is getting further and further from the reach of the lower economic brackets. Energy is a right of life. It must be prerogative of those in positions of power to find suitable ways to correct the rising costs of energy. There are more sustainable and clean sources of energy, this gathering was able to accept that fact. Why is it that up to know it is difficult to completely push for methods to make energy more affordable?

We must continue to find smart solutions and progressive ideas that benefit not just the few but all. We cannot allow another year to pass wherein fossil fuel is still the primary choice for energy. We, and the coming generations, all stand to gain something from such a thing.

As it is our mission to find arguments and studies which support sustainable energy, this conference was a grand success.

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