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On Smart Cities: The Next Big Thing in Energy?

What is particularly fascinating about the smart cities is the holistic approach. Glasgow is aiming to become one of the UK's first smart cities -

"Glasgow has some quite extreme challenges - it has the lowest life expectancy of any city in the UK for instance - and the hope is that if we bring together energy, transport, public safety and health it will make it more efficient and a better place to live," said Scott Cain, the TSB's project leader for Future Cities.

EU funding , €365 million for 2013 http://ec.europa.eu/energy/technology/initiatives/smart_cities_en.htm

February 22, 2013    View Comment    

On Renewable Energy Cooperatives: Power to the People

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With reference to your questions:

Q: Any data on RE COOP membership/people in different countries?

ME: You could try here http://www.coopseurope.coop/policy-topic/energy-environment http://www.rescoop.eu/

Q: What % of total RE energy is covered by RE COOPs in each country?

Again, the above sources, perhaps combined with working backwards from overall RES statistics http://www.managenergy.net/focus_on_02_2013_eur_observ_er_report.html

Q: The graph of German RE COOPs is rising from a small base. How many people? How much MWh/yr?

ME: Graph from https://twitter.com/EnergiewendeGER - you could direct your enquiries to them

Good luck with your research! Let us know how you get on

 

February 20, 2013    View Comment