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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 11 May 2004
a cow studiously ignores windwills in the distance.

Green Energy

In Shop Talk today Heather Payton will be finding out how the winds, the tides and the waves and even second hand cooking oil can help us cut our dependence on damaging fossil fuels.

We've been talking about developing our sources of green energy for decades but last year the Government extended its target of having 10 per cent of power supplied by renewables by 2010, to 15 per cent by 2015.

It's currently only around 3 per cent which leaves a fair way to go and not a lot of time.

So what's that going to mean? A landscape dominated by windmills destined to catch the odd low flying pilot or shortsighted bird? Wave power generators on every sea bed? Rooves glinting with solar panels? Shop Talk explores the business behind this so called "dash for renewables" and asks what difference it will make.

Also Dylan Winter reports from Lynmouth in Devon where he visited an experimental tidal power scheme set up and run by a company called Marine Current Turbines.

Guests

Dr Keith Tovey
Energy Science Director of the Carbon Reduction Project at the University of East Anglia

Kevin McCullough
Director of Renewables at RWE Innogy

Cathy Dagg
archaeologist and resident on Scoraig Pensinsular in North West Scotland where they have no mains electricity and rely on wind and solar power.

Graham Reed
Sales Director Windsave which makes wind turbines for roof-tops

Dennis Thouless
Managing Director of Global Commodities which makes bio diesel from used cooking oil.

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