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04 Mar 2009 05:03:10

Microgeneration certification scheme 'helping renewables sector'

Microgeneration certification scheme 'helping renewables sector'
A scheme that certifies microgeneration products and installers is helping the renewable industry progress, according to the 200th company to be approved.

Heat pump installer ICS Renewable Energy was the microgeneration installer to notch up the milestone in the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) developed by BRE Global.

Gary Broadbent, managing director of ICS, said: "It is clear that the MCS is moving the renewable energy industry forward and we are pleased to have achieved accreditation in a relatively short space of time."

The scheme, owned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was originally awarded to BRE Global to develop in November 2008, after which it was handed over to Gemserv to administer.

David Gall, MCS scheme manager at BRE Global said: "We were the first certification body to be accredited by UKAS and are the only organisation to provide the complete range of certification for all microgeneration technologies, covering both installers and products. Installers benefit both from their MCS approved status and from the improvements they make to their businesses as a result of our assessments."

Under the terms of the energy bill, electricity microgeneration devices will be able to earn their owner's above market rates for electricity sold back to the grid through feed-in tariffs.

At the same time, DECC is developing a renewable heat incentive which will apply from domestic through to industrial heat production.



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07 Mar 2009

Certification of any supposed "Energy supply" system is hugely necessary to ensure that we aren't fooling ourselves. "Toxic asset" I hear in the news of late.
No mention, though, of the "certifyability" of current "Wind technology", which - according to a public meeting in Llandeilo Juily '05 - returns round 0.14% p.a. of its cost. This makes it not a (net)
energy supply AT ALL. If you point this out to - the DtI, for instance - the phone gets cut ?. Search me.
It appears that (Very ?) sensibly designed "wind schemes" can readily return 5% p.a. from many sites, but likewise, when the DtI / "Minister for the Environment" - etc. are shown this you get merely a long wait.
They really are all top of the class when it comes to fooling us. Each with its little Nuke up it sleeve, and maybe a scant idea of how so much as a "fridge" works. It's "technology", I guess. You need a white van and a special hat to "know about" it.
Why worry !

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