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"Adopting biomass heating will allow your business big savings and a healthy income"

The prospect of big savings and generating a healthy income paired, with environmental legislation and net-zero emissions targets have spawned many biomass installations within the horticultural industry. Many nurseries have proved that the RHI can provide a great additional income whilst allowing for…

"Smarter energy usage is key to a greener future"

LED lightbulbs, programmable thermostats, high-density insulation and electric vehicles — despite these innovations, about two-thirds of the energy produced in the U.S. is lost to inefficiencies, according to national studies. For scientists and economists who work on the barriers between people and a…

Green refrigeration system

At A.C. Hartman in the North of The Netherlands, mainly tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers are grown for customers like the premium supermarket chain Albert Heijn and Bakker Barendrecht, one of the largest fruit and vegetable companies. Recently Hartman was acquired by Best Fresh Group. The ambition of Best Fresh is to market…

Rolls-Royce:

MTU Series 4000 gas engine output passes the 3000 mark

The Series 4000 natural gas engine has been part of Rolls-Royce's MTU-branded product portfolio since October 2004. The 3000th gas genset has now rolled off the production line. It will be delivered to VPower Group, one of the world's leading system integrators in the power generation sector, for a…

May 19: 9 AM and 3 PM (UTC +2) in English

Webinars on growth in several languages

In the coming months Hoogendoorn Growth Management will organize some practical webinars to be followed online, for free. First webinar - 'Optimize irrigation based on plant needs' This will give a practical explanation on how to work with start strategies, plant evaporation and substrate management. The…

Niagara Peninsula Energy

CAN (ON): Relief of portion of GA charges for industrial and commercial customers

Ontario is deferring a portion of Global Adjustment (GA) charges for industrial and commercial electricity consumers that do not participate in the Regulated Price Plan (RPP), starting from April 2020. The GA rate for smaller industrial and commercial consumers (i.e., Class B) has been set at $115 per…

UK: Electricity generators may be asked to turn off at short notice

National Grid has asked Ofgem for permission to instruct embedded generators to turn off at short notice in time for the bank holiday this Friday (08 May). This proposed amendment to the Grid Supply Code is a last resort to help balance the grid supply and demand, in reaction to unprecedented reductions…

"Saving energy and money with behavioural changes and simple efficiency improvements"

GrowSave is a collaboration between AHDB and NFU Energy. It was originally set up to serve the protected edible and protected ornamental sectors and extended to cover soft fruit in 2018. It’s now set for a new five-year funding term with a wider remit to include the potato, dairy, pork, cereal and…

Australia: Queensland growers slash thousands from their energy bills

Queensland horticulture growers are slashing thousands from their energy bills thanks to a new program being rolled out by Growcom in partnership with energy consultant,…

NFU Energy

A view of what’s to come?

Given the current situation around the Coronavirus pandemic, most aspects of society have been greatly affected, horticulture and agriculture is no exception. The lockdowns imposed by the UK government in March, as well as others around the world, have led to immediate consequences for the whole farming sector, the biggest impact being…

NFU Energy

UK: The burning question about refurbs

Have you got a combustion plant over 1 MW input on site? Has it been replaced or had its burner upgraded since the 20 December 2018? Then you may need to comply with the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) regulations to stay compliant with the EA. by Sophie Archer MCPD currently governs all new…

Cheap gas and electricity for the smart grower

When reading about the decreasing oil prices and a surplus of (green) electricity, one knows that these are strange times. Receiving money when purchasing power, because energy suppliers have too much, is not a utopia at the moment. Not for consumers, but certainly not for major users like the greenhouse…

Expansion for Dutch geothermal energy wanted

Huisman Geo signed a letter of intent with geothermal energy operating company Yeager Energy B.V. to collaborate in their development plans in the Nissewaard license area in the Netherlands. The goal is to make a significant contribution to the energy transition by efficiently developing and operating…

UK: What do the budget announcements mean for growers?

On the 13 March 2020, the chancellor Rishi Sunak stood up and announced his first budget. However, it’s easy to forget this since so much has happened in the UK since then….…

Management of agricultural waste biomass

For decades, non-renewable resources have been the basis of worldwide economic development. The extraction rate of natural resources has increased by 113% since 1990, which has led to overexploitation and generation of vast amounts of waste. For this reason, it is essential that a sustainable development…

British Columbia Utilities Commission approves COVID-19 customer relief programs

Following a web-based Streamlined Review Process, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) approved applications from BC Hydro, Fortis Energy Inc. (FEI) and FortisBC…

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…


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