So now we await the Coughlan report.
The process has been very unflattering for the renewable energy industry and it will be a long time before public faith in subsidised energy sources will recover.
It is vital that future policies are developed which prevent gaming and exploitation of over-generous subsidy regimes and there is a high probability that some form of capital subsidy may re-emerge despite the inflationary impact this always has on the cost of hardware. History shows that the Renewable Obligation scheme had an inflationary impact on hardware prices.
Pan European collaboration for bio power generation – Ali Nicol, Director, Element Consultants initiates pan European Academic collaboration
Energy costs for water treatment in Northern Ireland top £25 million p.a. Ensuring that NI is at the forefront of knowledge and understanding in allied water treatment technology is of vital importance. Alastair Nicol has initiated a pan-European academic collaboration for supporting and underwriting Invest Northern Ireland’s valuable programme within the wider water industry. The academic collaboration of universities and colleges from Northern Ireland and the ASU in Kaunas, Lithuania is an academic collusion that will see a wealth of academic, educational and agronomic research benefiting both countries. The basis of collaboration will focus on the digestion of sewage and sludge for biogas generation and grid injection.
“Having worked in industry for over 30 years the degree of waste never ceases to amaze me – But in my travels around the world I have frequently encountered individuals and organizations with innovation, vision and brilliance. Education affords civilization and academic collaboration I see as a fundamental. I am very pleased to have facilitated this new academic collaboration and will remain firmly engaged with the development and support of an ERASMUS programme.” Alastair Nicol