Books, journals, reports, and newsletters

Printed and web-based publications covering urban wind issues

Community Involvement in Wind Energy Development
There is a range of guidance available for downloading from the Department for Business Enterprise  & Regulatory Reform (BERR) website. It is intended to encourage community involvement in wind energy development and might be of interest to local authorities as well as to wind developers and community groups. The guidance includes a protocol and best practice guidelines to support public engagement, a toolkit for community benefits, and a report on bankable models for community ownership for wind energy developments. Click here to view these documents.

Delivering the Government's 2020 vision for local energy generation
This publication outlines the Energy Saving Trust’s views on the major cost, information and technical constraints preventing the early deployment of a market for microgeneration and the mass market transformation actions required if the UK is to meet its climate change targets. The report (1.89MB) was published on 16 August 2005: http://www.est.org.uk/uploads/documents/aboutest/Delivering%20Gov%202020%20Vision.pdf

Ealing Urban Wind Study
This report presents the results of a feasibility study undertaken by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) on incorporating wind power within a proposed development at Northala Fields, near Northolt, in the London Borough of Ealing. In doing so, it aimed to also provide a basis for developing a general methodology on maximising the potential of urban wind power within the borough. See www.cse.org.uk/pdf/pub1027.pdf

The Feasibility of Building Mounted/Integrated Wind Turbines (BUWTs):
Achieving their potential for carbon emission reductions.
This project (August 2003 to May 2005) identified BUWT technologies and described their status. It identified the common research needs and developed a ‘research and development pathway to demonstration’ for consideration by funding bodies.
The Final Report and background papers are available from the website of the Energy Research Unit (ERU) at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) - www.eru.rl.ac.uk/BUWT.htm

Grid 2.0: the next generation
This 2006 pamphlet by Green Alliance, primarily addressing domestic energy use, argues that we need to rethink our energy system and the role of individuals within it. It supports the move to a de-centralised energy system with homes as power stations and energy entrepreneurs as part of every community. www.rebeccawillis.co.uk/downloads/Grid20TheNextGeneration.pdf

The growth potential for Microgeneration in England, Wales and Scotland (June 2008)
The report was funded by a consortium of organisations to provide an overall picture of the current and potential future level of demand for microgeneration, to examine barriers and drivers for take up of microgeneration and to assess the likely impact of policies and targets for microgeneration - accounting for different types of policies, cost and demand sensitivities, and consumer behaviour. Click here for the report.

Low or Zero Carbon Energy Sources: Strategic Guide
The guide, published 19 April 2006, aims to support the inclusion of low and zero carbon (LZC) energy sources, such as building-mounted wind generators, in Part L of the Building Regulations. Approved Document L: Conservation of fuel and power sets out to improve on previous part L standards and thereby save one million tonnes of carbon per year. The guide provides information about different LZC energy sources and includes a set of calculation methods to enable the carbon dioxide emissions reduction potential of individual LZC energy sources to be calculated in domestic and non-domestic building applications.
www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/br/BR_PDF_PTL_ZEROCARBONfinal.pdf

Micro-Wind Turbines In Urban Environments: An Assessment  (2007)
This study provides a rigorous analysis of all the factors that influence the power that small wind turbines can generate in urban areas and estimates whole life costs and carbon emission costs of micro-wind turbines. It confirms the need for a more rigorous method for estimating the electricity generated from building-mounted micro-wind turbines and for research and innovation in technology, planning and urban design to maximise the effectiveness of the turbine installations.
A pdf version can be downloaded from the BRE website at www.brebookshop.com/details.jsp?id=287567

Microgeneration Strategy: 'Our Energy Challenge - Power from the people'
The Government’s strategy, published on 28 March 2006, has a stated aim of creating conditions under which microgeneration becomes a realistic alternative or supplementary energy generation source for the householder, for the community and for small businesses. It includes information about grants under the Low Carbon Building Programme.
The strategy has been generally welcomed as an important step in increasing support for microgeneration but much of the document is limited to commitments for further reviews and analysis.
The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR)website page on the Microgeneration Strategy is www.dti.gov.uk/energy/sources/sustainable/microgeneration/index.html The full strategy (2.7MB) is at: http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/sources/sustainable/microgeneration/strategy/page27594.html

NATTA, RENEW and RENEW on-line
The Network for Alternative Technology and Technology Assessment (NATTA) is an information service based within The Open University. It produces Renew, a bi-monthly 30 page journal with information on renewable energy developments and policy, and Renew-on-line, an edited, electronic version. See http://eeru.open.ac.uk/natta.htm

Numbers of microgeneration units installed in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland (October 2008):  www.berr.gov.uk/files/file49151.pdf

Potential for Microgeneration, study and analysis
The report finds that microgeneration technologies, such as mini wind turbines, could provide a substantial portion of the UK's energy needs by 2050 and deliver significant household carbon reductions. It was published by the Energy Saving Trust on 14 November 2005 and commissioned by the DTI to inform the Low Carbon Building programme and the wider microgeneration strategy (see separate link). http://portal.est.org.uk/uploads/documents/aboutest/Microgeneration%20in%20the%20UK%20-%20final%20report%20REVISED_executive%20summary1.pdf 

Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future (Second Edition), Godfrey Boyle, editor (Oxford University Press and the Open University, 2004), 464 pp. Updated from the 1996 edition. Undergraduate course textbook on renewable energy technologies, science, economics, environmental impacts, and market issues. www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199261789

Renewable Energy Focus
Renewable energy news, features and event information from the website, an e-newsletter and magazine. www.renewableenergyfocus.com

Renewable Energy World
The website and international magazine, published in the UK, promote all aspects of renewable energy technology. There’s also a free renewable energy weekly e-newsletter.
www.renewableenergyworld.com

San Francisco Urban Wind Power Task Force Report and Recommendations
San Francisco’s Urban Wind Power Task Force explored the potential for small-scale wind generation in San Francisco and developed 29 recommendations for promoting and helping the installation of wind turbines. The report of 21 September 2009 is available from: http://www.sfenvironment.org/our_programs/topics.html?ssi=6&ti=15

Seeing the light: the impact of micro-generation on the way we use energy - qualitative research findings
Research into the effect of microgeneration on attitudes and behaviours in homes and schools. Set against the government target of reducing carbon dioxide by 60 per cent over the next 50 years, this report shows the vital role that microgeneration has to play in the UK's future energy mix. It shows that DIY energy generation - from mini-wind turbines, solar panels and air source heat pumps - has the power to engage homes and schools actively to cut their energy use and connect with climate change solutions. Researched and written by The Hub Research Consultants on behalf of the Sustainable Consumption Roundtable. www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications/downloads/Micro-generationreport.pdf

Warwick Microwind Trial project
This is an open-access project (2006-2008) to provide independent and objective data on the performance of rooftop wind turbines on real sites in the UK and to evaluate the contribution rooftop-mounted wind turbines may make to improving the energy performance of existing homes in the UK. An interim report on the trial (as at March 2007) can be downloaded from the website www.warwickwindtrials.org.uk.

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