On-Site Energy Generation Needed In the UK
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
The Department Of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has recently reported that it has recognised the need for district heating systems to be put in place such as solar panels, and wind farms aimed at providing energy for local communities right across the UK. Government, however, will have to do a lot more to support these types of initiatives through business as well as local authorities and various public sector entities who have a wish to build such resources.
On site generation of energy is already in place in some areas but there are restrictions in how far heating can be moved once generated. There is a wider interest developing in this sector which would have the effect of de-centralising energy generation, and it would appear to be an option that should have more support. An online source has said that this statement from the DECC needs to be taken a step further as it sees the on-site generation of energy growing exponentially by 2030.
This type of energy generation would be primarily done with the use of low carbon emissive and renewable energy sources almost on the site of where it will be consumed. CHP Plants could make a substantial contribution in carbon emissions reductions, and would also utilise solar power and energy from waste technologies as has already been done in Britain. Energy efficiency is the key to reducing costs for businesses as well as encouraging an initiative for companies to start generating their own energy where possible which would reduce the pressure on the national grid to provide all energy requirements.
In a time where it is vital to find new sources of energy, local generation of energy could be the answer for smaller initiatives which do not require huge funding and would ultimately bring down the costs of energy.
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