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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – May 7, 2013) - Premium spirit expert Alexander & James is giving its customers the opportunity to recreate their own luxury bar without leaving the house.
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Developed with large commercial operators in mind, the bill could stop wind farm projects from proceeding
Community owned renewable energy has received remarkable levels of vocal support from ministers and shadow ministers alike as the Energy Bill has progressed through parliament. However, it currently contains no supportive policy measures and, as it stands, represents a huge threat to this vibrant and rapidly growing sector.
Currently, the Energy Bill threatens to prevent larger community schemes over 5MW, such as the Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative in Oxfordshire and the Lochcarnan Community Wind Farm in Scotland, from ever happening again. The problem is that the Bill has been developed with large commercial generators in mind. Participating in the proposed “contracts for difference” system would require a high degree of technical knowledge, creating an excessive administrative burden for community projects largely dependent on passionate and dedicated volunteers. Also, with the end of the Renewables Obligation, electricity suppliers will have little incentive to purchase renewable energy from community generators, who have limited bargaining power.
To overcome these problems the Energy Bill urgently requires amendment. Together with 16 other co-operatives and civil society organisations, including the National Trust, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the Transition Network, we are calling for community schemes to be exempted from the new “contracts for difference” regime by allowing projects up to 20MW in size to access the fixed Feed-in Tariff scheme instead. We also want a duty to be placed on the secretary of state to promote new community energy generation and for a Green Power Auction Market to be introduced, where communities would receive a fair rate for their electricity.
Critics of these amendments suggest that few community projects are of the scale that would be affected. This misses the point, as community energy is an emerging sector with huge potential for growth, with conservative estimates of 3.5GW of generation capacity achievable in the UK by 2020, the equivalent of nearly four conventional coal-fired power stations. Those larger community projects mentioned above are potentially the first of a great many, not exceptions to the rule.
Policymakers need to recognise that the benefits of community energy extend far beyond helping the country to meet its stated energy goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy security. It also keeps the profits generated within the community to be redistributed for its own benefit, improves energy awareness and influences personal behaviour, and perhaps most important of all, it increases public acceptance of vital renewable energy projects. Recent research commissioned by the Co-operative found that 22% of people would oppose a wind farm near their home. This opposition drops to just 7% if the project is owned by and benefits the community.
When planning opposition is the main barrier to many larger renewable energy projects being realised, this cannot easily be ignored.
There is very strong political support for community energy with Liberal Democrat secretary of state, Ed Davey, stating “I want nothing less than a community energy revolution” and the Conservative minister, Greg Barker, stating it to be “vital to our vision of the development of energy in the UK”.
DECC is also in the process of drafting a Community Energy Strategy, which is a very welcome step forwards. However, the Energy Bill remains a missed opportunity and grave threat with the only positive news being that Greg Barker has stated in parliament that raising the fixed Feed-in Tariff threshold is “under active consideration”.
We must keep up the pressure to turn this vocal government support into solid policy measures. You can help by contacting your MP to ask that they sign Early Day Motion 684 (Community Energy) and support our recommended amendments to the Energy Bill. So far the EDM has attracted support from across the political spectrum, with MPs from nine political parties having signed, including influential figures from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties. These include the Lib Dem president Tim Farron, former Conservative energy minister Charles Hendry and chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee Tim Yeo.
With such a broad base of support and such enormous potential, community energy must be given the opportunity to thrive. We hope this opportunity will be taken when the Energy Bill reaches its report stage in the House of Commons in coming days.
Colin Baines is campaigns manager at the Co-operative Group
Canada has a window of opportunity to attract world-class talent
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Anything Technologies Media Focuses On Major Medical Marijuana Opportunity for 2013
FOLSOM, CA, April 17, 2013
US Medical Marijuana Sales could top $1.5B in 2013, Cannabis Revenues
Could Quadruple by 2018
FOLSOM, CA, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Anything Technologies Media, Inc.
(Pink Sheets: EXMT) today announced that the company is shifting its
focus to the exploding Medical Marijuana opportunity in 2013 and
beyond. The company will still continue to do manufacturing for a wide
variety of media and other products, but looks to devote most of its
efforts to the Marijuana Industry.
According to MMJ Business Daily retail medical cannabis sales in the
United States could hit an estimated $1.3 billion-$1.5 billion in 2013,
growing 10-15% from last year as the industry recovers from widespread
The long-term future appears even brighter: The legalization of
marijuana for adult use in Colorado and Washington – coupled with the
emergence of several new markets and continued overall growth on the
medical side – could boost overall state-legal cannabis sales to $3
billion in 2014 and $6 billion by 2018.
ATM with its acquisition of R-Quest Hydroponics and joint venture with
Whole Earth Systems looks to acquire more companies that support the
Medical Marijuana industry. The company is currently negotiating to
acquire a fertilizer company to supply growers in the medical marijuana
Dozens of MMJ centers are on track to open in Arizona – generating tens
of millions of dollars in revenues this year – while states such as New
Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont as well as Washington DC are moving
forward with their dispensary programs. The Colorado, Oregon and
Washington State markets also are expected to grow, and there could be
an MMJ revival in several California cities such as San Diego and San Francisco.
In 2014, the emergence of cannabis retail stores in Colorado and
Washington could generate roughly $1 billion in state-legal cannabis
sales during the first full year of operation. The markets will
eventually be much bigger, but it could take time for the recreational
marijuana industry in those two states to reach its near-term
potential, in part because officials might look to prevent rapid growth
(Colorado and Washington are still crafting regulations). Several other
states are expected to pass medical or recreational cannabis laws this
year, which will further fuel growth in 2014.
R-Quest Hydroponics, Inc., is a Hardware and Software Manufacturing
Company with its headquarters in Placerville, California.
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8 WING CFB TRENTON, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Jan. 14, 2013) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, will attend the departure of a CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft and personnel to assist the French Government in transporting military equipment to Mali. Minister MacKay will make short remarks prior to an extended photo opportunity. The plane will depart Trenton at 8:00 a.m. for Istres-Le Tubé, a large multi-role French Air Force base located near Istres, northwest of Marseille, France.
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Doom and gloom or golden opportunity?
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It’s going to be tough to call, but three of the world’s biggest investors agree that the next big money-making opportunity will be when interest rates rise from their historic lows and the bond bubble bursts.
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