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Shale gas unlikely to make the UK energy self-sufficient, says report

Fracking’s potential has been ‘overhyped’ by politicians and shale gas will not reduce energy prices or reliance on gas imports, says UK Energy Research Centre

 

Published on The Guardian website on 11th November 2014

Story by Adam Vaughan

 

Anti-fracking protest at Barton Moss

A general view of the fracking site at Barton Moss, Greater Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 26, 2014. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Politicians have overhyped fracking’s potential and the prospect of shale gas making Britain self-sufficient in gas again is far-fetched, according to government-funded researchers.

The UK became a net importer gas in 2004 as North Sea production declined, and the coalition has heavily promoted shale gas on the grounds of energy security and economic growth. David Cameron says the UK is “going out all for shale” and on Wednesday the government announced the first ‘national shale gas colleges’.

But a new report by academics at the Imperial College-based UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) says significant shale gas production in the UK is unlikely to get underway until next decade and will not reproduce the American ‘shale revolution’ that has put the US on course to energy self-sufficiency.

Jim Watson, an author of the report and professor of energy policy at the University of Sussex, said that industry and politicians had “overhyped” the impact shale will have on prices and energy security.

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Plans for huge new solar farm on display for residents to see

Solar Panel Array

BIG PLANS An exhibition is on about a plan for a solar farm plan near Bishops Waltham

Published in the Portsmouth News on 12th November 2014

 

PLANS for a new 50-acre solar farm are to go on show to the public.

Solafields is holding the public exhibition to give people living in Bishop’s Waltham the chance to see its plans for a solar farm west of the B2177 between Bishop’s Waltham and Waltham Chase.

Members of the project team will be there to discuss the proposal and answer any questions.

The project is at an early stage and work is being done by the firm to assess the suitability of the site and its surroundings.

Studies are under way to assess the potential impacts of the proposed development on environmental, social and economic grounds.

Mark Candlish, from Solafields, said: ‘As well as providing clean renewable energy, the solar farm could deliver local benefits, such as financial contributions to projects, biodiversity enhancements and jobs.

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Navitus Bay wind farm: Fewer turbines option submitted

Published on the BBC News website on 6th November 2014

Navitus Bay said the alternative option would be further from shore

Navitus Bay said the alternative option would be further from shore

The company hoping to build a wind farm off the south coast has submitted alternative plans with fewer turbines.

A scheme for 194 turbines up to 200m (650ft) high off Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are currently being examined by the Planning Inspectorate.

Navitus Bay said it was still committed to the original proposal but submitted plans for a smaller scheme in response to a query from the examining panel.

It said the alternative option would be further away from the shore.

‘Second option’

Navitus Bay project director Mike Unsworth said: “The examining panel set up by the Planning Inspectorate asked the Navitus Bay project for further information… including if it was likely to submit a proposal with fewer turbines.

“In response, we have submitted plans for a smaller scheme with fewer wind turbines, with a capacity of 630MW. In this proposal, the nearest turbines to shore would be further away than in the original plan.

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