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BCUC launches website for gas prices

The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), in its role as the Administrator of BC’s Fuel price transparency act (FPT Act), launched GasPricesBC.ca. This website has been developed as a first step in providing the public with more information about how gasoline and diesel prices are set in the…

Geothermal industry calls for an internal market for heat

EGEC, the voice of the European geothermal industry, calls on the European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen to create a European internal market for heat in an open letter published today on EGEC’s website. The current interpretation by the European Commission of the internal energy market gives…

CAN (QC): Freeze on electricity rates for the next year

Hydro-Québec’s electricity rates will be frozen for the coming year, as set out under An Act to simplify the process for establishing electricity distribution rate, adopted by…

Turkey ranks among top countries with geothermal greenhouses

“Turkey is among the top-5 countries in the world in terms of geothermal resources. Our country is ranked 4th in geothermal electricity generation and 1st in geothermal greenhouse heating", according to Turkey Geothermal Association Chairman Orhan Mertoglu. "However, we still have a lot of unfulfilled…

UK: Are your RHI records audit worthy?

Over the past few years, Ofgem has been stepping up the number of audits on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) systems. In fact, all systems on the RHI scheme are expected to be audited at least twice over their 20 years on the scheme. The auditor usually starts by looking at the paperwork and record…

CAN (ON): Ag Energy Co-operative partners with Hensall Co-operative

Ag Energy Co-operative are partnering with Hensall Co-operative to offer natural gas and electricity to their members. Hensall Co-operative is the 8th largest non-financial…

Canada: Federal carbon charge increasing April 1

Effective April 1, 2020, the federal carbon charge for natural gas in Canada will increase from 3.91 ¢/m³ to 5.87 ¢/m³. The federal carbon charge rates are established in the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Act and are set to increase every year until 2022. You can see the projected increases in the…

UK: Preparing for SECR - tips from the experts at NFU Energy

Phase 2 of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is now complete, with the next deadline not due until 2023. However, businesses are now preparing to report under the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) scheme. Both are designed to encourage large businesses to implement energy…

"We can’t stay dependent on gas forever"

In the greenhouse horticulture sector, we need to increase our contribution to the energy transition. Although this a big challenge for many, Gebroeders Vahl – cucumber growers who have heated their greenhouses with renewable geothermal energy since 2012 – see it as an opportunity. “We can’t stay…

Netherlands: Electricity production at record high

In 2019, electricity production in the Netherlands reached a record level of 121 billion kWh. This is a 6-percent increase on the previous year. The consumption of electricity remained more or less stable. There is a clear shift from coal to natural gas as a raw material for electricity generation. At…

Canadian energy companies introduce measures to help customers

Niagara Peninsula Energy is working with association partners and  MPPs to support customers during the difficult time caused by the COVID-19 Virus. They have extended their Winter Relief Program, so no customers experiencing any hardship have to worry about potential disconnection during this time. Therefore,…

Ton Habraken (Svensson) about Plant Empowerment

"Screen more and more a tool for better plant growth too"

"While a screen was usually seen as a way to bring down your energy bill, it is now more and more used as a tool for better plant growth", says Ton Habraken of Ludvig Svensson. It's a development that fits Plant Empowerment, the new way of growing that's largely promoted with both a book and a platform.  Concept…

Semi-transparent dye-sensitized solar panels for energy-autonomous greenhouses

Over 60% highly transparent quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with dimension of 50x50 cm 2 were fabricated via inkjet printing process using nanocomposite inks as raw materials and tested under outdoor illumination conditions. The cells were electrically characterized, and their…

"Indoor agriculture one of the four major drivers that will increase electricity consumption in the next decade"

Plant factories may be the technology we need to feed a growing and warming planet.  The tradeoff: Indoor agriculture demands a staggering amount of energy. Lights run 16 hours a day and facilities require impressive HVAC equipment, reaching an energy intensity per square foot that surpasses datacenters. The…

"Solar energy can do more than make plants grow"

One percent more light is one percent more production - it's a popular statement in horticulture. However, the sun has more value than that, that’s what they think at Arcon-Sunmark. At the HortiContact, they explained how solar thermal energy can be appealing to greenhouse horticulture. "Certainly thanks…

The hot topics at Energy and Rural Business Show 2020

Last week NFU Energy exhibited at the Energy and Rural Business Show, held at the East of England Show Ground in Peterborough. "We had two great days meeting new and existing customers. And, as usual, we had a lot of queries about solar panels and electricity contracts. However, this year there was more…

New findings unravel how plants control energy generation

Researchers at Western Sydney University and The Australian National University have discovered new chemical communication pathways that determine how a plant changes when it emerges from darkness in the soil to light. When plants are grown in the dark, they are white or pale-yellow because they lack the…

CAN (PE): Kensington greenhouse operation now 100 per cent heated by renewable fuel

An Island farming operation will receive more than $800,000 for a project to increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel use in its greenhouse operation. The Schurman Family Farm in Kensington provides organically grown produce throughout Atlantic Canada. For this, they received a federal…

Spain: 14 ha greenhouse to get geothermal plant

Cardial, which is partly owned by the Cyopsa public works group from Camilo Alcala, saw its dream of exploiting a hot water reservoir in Níjar to use it to heat greenhouses come true. This project, which has been in the works for several years, was green-lighted by the Minister of Finance, Juan Bravo,…

Gas generator provides Belgian grower with more than 100% return

Belgian-based greenhouse growing company, Varegro, is using a Cummins HSK78G gas generator to power its facility in Oostrozebeke, West Flanders, making it the first in the world to be installed in a greenhouse environment. The HSK78G generator offers an electrical efficiency of 44.2%, which leads to…

US scientists study energy neutrality in greenhouses

A new study by engineering, plant, and physical biology researchers at North Carolina State University has concluded that the use of transparent solar panels to collect energy, mainly from the wavelengths of light that plants do not use for photosynthesis, could contribute to energy neutrality in…

8 advantages of implementing a biomass heating system into your business

With an abundance of environmental legislation and net-zero carbon emissions targets, biomass heating systems are becoming increasingly popular in the horticultural industry. With many nurseries seeing a great additional income from RHI payments and a substantially lower fuel supply cost, it is no wonder…

Greenhouse horticulture in the circular economy

Greenhouse horticulture is a major player in the efficient and safe production of food and flowers. The system is highly water efficient, but the energy costs are high and the systems are not fully circular. The project analyses nutrient flows and identifies the critical building blocks of circularity.…

Next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar powered

Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy – primarily from the wavelengths of light that plants don’t use for photosynthesis. Those are the findings of a new modeling study conducted by engineering, plant biology and physics researchers at North…

Zero-emission greenhouse production in Southwest France

Three French farmers teamed up to create a sustainable greenhouse project in Southwest France. In March 2020 they will pick the first tomatoes that are grown with the help of green residual heat.  The 3.6 hectare EcoSerre project of Tomate D’Auïtou in Rosiers-d'Egletons is the result of a cooperation between…

Innio acquires BHKW & Energie Group

Recently, Innio has agreed to acquire BHKW & Energie Holding, its long-standing sales and service partner in Germany and specialist for combined heat and power (CHP) and…


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