Energy bills could keep on rising for 17 years

Energy prices could continue to rise for 17 years

Five of the six big energy companies recently announced that their prices will be going up this winter. A new report from National Audit Office suggests that this trend could continue for another 17 years. The cost of gas, electricity and water is expected to increase at a higher rate than inflation, and lower income households will be the most affected.

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Infographic: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

Google Power Consumption

Browsing the internet is eco-friendly, isn’t it? After all it doesn’t use paper, ink or transport like magazines and books do. Unfortunately, the answer to that question is no — keeping the internet running uses up a staggering amount of energy. That’s why companies such as Google are investing huge amounts of resources into making the internet greener.

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Solar Roadways (Video)

Solar Roadways

What if all of our roads were covered in solar panels? That was the question asked by Scott and Julie Brushaw, and electrical engineer and a counselor from the US state of Idaho. They decided to find out by making a prototype, and next thing they knew they were being given funding by the Federal Highway Administration and had people like Google and NASA paying attention to them. Watch the videos below to find out more.

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The Energiewende: Renewable Energy In Germany

German solar panels

The recent British heatwave has created a surge in demand for solar PV installations, according to this recent report. On a good day we are able to meet about 2% of the UK’s energy demand with solar power. Doesn’t sound too bad, until you realise that Germany are churning out a meaty 5%, and have big plans to generate 20% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

The in-depth article below is used with permission from The Carbon Brief. You can read the original version here.

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