The Blewbury Energy Initiative is
a project of Sustainable
Blewbury. We aim to reduce energy consumption and to encourage the use
of renewable energy resources wherever possible. We hope to reduce the amount
of coal, oil, gas and electricity used, and to help the global environment.
See below for recent energy-related news.
New on this website
- A poster-style summary of the new IPCC 5th report on climate change, prepared
for the Blewbury Green May Fair on 10 May 2014, is available here (pdf).
- We describe the governement’s flagship Green
Deal and its abysmal startup. Does
the recent improvement to its cashback payments make it more
- We also have details of the new Renewable Heat
Incentive, as well as an
updated table giving Feed-in Tariff rates.
- Our domestic grants page has information
available for pensioners,
people on low incomes or otherwise vulnerable.
- The page on nuclear
been updated, and the section on the current
UK situation describes
the controversial deal between the government and EDF Energy for new
reactors as well as other developments.
- We have a new document (pdf) with advice on choosing and installing air-source
heat pump systems.
- The page on monitoring your energy consumption has
been thoroughly updated, and now
includes a discussion of the benefits and possible problems of smart
- The global warming page has expanded information
on: ocean temperature rise; record
atmospheric carbon dioxide above 400 ppm throughout April, May and
June 2014 and carbon emissions still increasing; 2013
continued the trend – 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have
been in the 21st century and 2001–2010
was the warmest decade of the modern era; how climate change could
cause different types of extreme
weather; decreasing Arctic
summer ice cover; and sea-level rise due to the melting of ice sheets
- The government’s much-delayed Renewable
Heat Incentive for domestic properties has is now running; it covers
solar thermal hot water, biomass boilers and stoves, and air-source and
ground-source heat pumps. Note that systems installed from July 2009 are
eligible. The interim system of Renewable Heat Premium Payments has ended.
See our domestic
grants page for more information.
- The government’s Green Deal for
householders includes a cashback deal,
recently extended and improved in an attempt to turn around the initial very
poor take-up. See our domestic
for a description of how this flagship scheme works and some of its problems.
Other grant schemes for insulation, including the Warm Front scheme for people
on benefits, have now ended.
- Beware of buying energy-related
products from someone who phones, emails or texts you, or turns up on your
doorstep uninvited. Frequent cold calls offer
to install insulation supported by ‘government’ grants – when
challenged no details are given. Beware of offers
that claim to be ‘surveys’ and
deny they are selling