Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE) and partner Mongoose Energy are going ahead with plans to become a local energy (gas and electricity) supplier later this year. BWCE see this as a way to continue to grow their business, and to use electricity produced by their solar PV installations. BWCE chair explains some of the […]
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University of Bath turning pee into electricity!
Researchers at the University of Bath have been turning pee into electricity. Bacterial are used, which when mixed with pee generate electricity. The aim is to produce a device which could be used in the developing world to power smartphones and laptops in places where mains electricity is not available More information on this BBC […]
Cleveland Pools: to be first naturally treated (no chlorine), heated community-run open air swimming pool
Cleveland Pools, in Bath, the oldest outdoor public swimming pool in the UK built in 1815 which was awarded a £3.7million grant in 2014, has published its plans for the pool’s restoration. The trust which owns the pools is currently running a consultation prior to submitting planning permission in July 2016. Included in the plans […]
Green Taxes only responsible for 1% of energy bill for producing steel in UK
With so much information in the press at the moment, reporting that Tata Steel is blaming the un-profitability of steel making in the UK on green taxes, the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol have provided some hard facts. Their figures suggest, largely because most of Tata’s energy bill comes from consuming gas that ‘green […]
Bath and NE Somerset Council replacing large sections of street lighting with LEDs
Over the next 18 months Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) intends to replace large sections of its old-fashioned sodium lighting with LEDs. This will improve the quality of the light, reduce maintenance and cut electricity usage by up to 60%. Variable dimming technology will be used to reduce light output in the early […]
Zero Carbon Hub to close – signalling a formal end to the UK’s objective of building zero carbon homes
The Zero Carbon Hub, a public/private body set up to develop a zero carbon standard for homes has closed it was announced earlier this month. This signals a formal end in the short term to the UK’s attempts to set a zero carbon standard for building new homes. In the long term, if we are […]
Bath University is looking for volunteers to have the temperatures in their homes monitored for research purposes
Bath University are researching the heating patterns of traditional buildings. As part of the research they would like to measure the internal temperatures and heating patterns of a number of homes, ideally about 50 pre-1919 and about 50 post-1919. If all goes well this will give them a suitable basis to compare traditional heating methods […]
Are you planning on selling your home? St Saviours Infant School would like your help?
St Saviours Infant School in Larkhall would like your help if you are considering selling your house before 30th April. They are trying to raise money to install 10 kWp of solar panels for the school, to save on the schools electricity bill, to make the school greener and as an educational tool for their […]
Wessex Water installs 250kW of solar PV on their Combe Down offices
Wessex Water have installed 950 solar panels on top of their Combe Down offices. The 250 kW of panels will contribute to their target of sourcing 24% of their energy from renewable generation by 2020. More information is available in their press release.
An analysis of the electricity consumption of council buildings in Bath
For Bath Hacked weekend in February Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) released almost 2 years of ½ hourly meter readings for most of their buildings. Transition Bath’s Energy Group were involved in the weekend and was part of team School Power! which was ultimately awarded a prize for using the energy data to […]