Organisations providing information and resources

This is a list of UK sources of information that will hopefully be useful, whether you are interested in technical and policy developments, an overview of the electricity network or your area’s estimated annual mean wind speed. Suggestions for additional links are welcome.

Association of Electricity Producerswww.aepuk.com
AEP is the leading trade association for the UK electricity market. They represent companies that generate electricity.

British Wind Energy Association - www.britishwindenergy.co.uk
BWEA is the trade and professional body for the UK wind industry and aims to promote the use of wind power in and around the UK, both onshore and offshore. BWEA predominantly provides information on large wind power (wind farms) but have produced a short guide to using small scale wind turbines to generate electricity needs for your home, business or community – see
http://www.britishwindenergy.co.uk/small/index.html

The CADDET Programme - www.caddet.org
The programme ended in March 2005 but the web site still provides useful information on commercial energy-saving and renewable energy technologies and a project database.

The Carbon Trust - www.thecarbontrust.co.uk
The Carbon Trust is an independent company funded by Government. Their role is to help the UK move to a low carbon economy by helping business and the public sector reduce carbon emissions and capture the commercial opportunities of low carbon technologies.

Centre for Alternative Technology - www.cat.org.uk
CAT has a specialist shop and mail order service, plus a useful and cheap resource guide on wind power. They also provide technical consultancy services.

The Distribution Code - www.dcode.org.uk
The website includes a map of electricity distribution businesses. Licensed electricity distribution businesses, or Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), are obliged to maintain a Distribution Code detailing the technical parameters and considerations relating to connexion to, and use of, their electrical networks.

Energy Networks Association - www.energynetworks.org
ENA represents the licensed gas and electricity transmission and distribution companies in the UK. Their website has information about the networks industry in the UK, and issues affecting gas and electricity transmission and distribution companies across the country.

Energy Retail Association - www.energy-retail.org.uk
The Energy Retail Association, formed in 2003, represents the main energy suppliers operating in the UK domestic energy market.

Energy Saving Trust - www.est.org.uk
EST is a not for profit organisation funded by central government and the private sector, with the aim of encouraging energy efficiency and the integration of renewable energy sources into the economic fabric of our society. Their website includes a section on generating electricity at home with small-scale wind turbines - see  www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generate-your-own-energy/Wind-turbines?gclid=CMfX06fzz58CFQeElAodSTCFzg

Microgeneration Certification Scheme - www.microgenerationcertification.org
The MCS is an independent certification scheme designed to certify microgeneration products and installers in accordance with consistent standards, to help provide consumers with confidence and protection.

Micropower Council - www.micropower.co.uk
The Micropower Council was established in April 2004 as a co-ordinating association on matters relating to various types of small scale generation and aims to represent the microgeneration sector. Their website contains news, publications and links to other trade and energy efficiency associations.

NATTAwww-tec.open.ac.uk/eeru/natta/rol.html
The Open University based Network for Alternative Technology and Technology Assessment produces Renew, a bimonthly newsletter that looks at current technical and policy developments in the renewable energy field, and basic introductions to renewable energy.

NOABL UK wind speed database
The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform's wind speed database contains estimates of the annual mean wind speed throughout the UK. This might be useful to anyone wanting to get a rough idea of the wind resource in a particular area although the Warwick Microwind Trial project has found that that NOABL predicted wind speeds tend to overestimate the wind resource in urban areas. To download the whole NOABL dataset, click here. The BWEA website also has an introduction to the Wind Speed Database at http://www.bwea.com/noabl/index.html and the The Segen website has a free wind speed checker at http://www.segen.co.uk/eng/wind/windspeed.htm. This gives the 10m height wind speed, according to the NOABL database, for any UK postcode. NOABL wind speeds will, however, need to be corrected for urban environments.

Planning And Renewable Energy News - www.planningrenewables.org.uk
A website for local authority planners and councillors dealing with planning applications for renewable energy developments. It covers news on planning applications, decisions, policies and appeals in the area of renewable energy, including wind, biomass, waste-to-energy, solar etc.  The Centre for Sustainable Energy manages the site on behalf of the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR).

Renewable Energy Associationwww.r-e-a.net
The RPA is a trade association whose membership spans the range of renewable technologies and resources and also includes service providers such as law firms, consultants, financiers, equipment manufacturers and supply agents.

Windsupply - www.windsupply.co.uk
Windsupply is a project to encourage, support and promote UK businesses to enter the supply chain for wind turbines. The Project is managed by MEBC Projects and funded and supported by a growing number of regional development agencies, led by Advantage West Midlands and East Midalnds Development agencies; working in close contact with RenewablesNorthWest and the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) Renewables (previously DTI Renewables).