Renewable energy information service

All you need to get access to up to date news and independent views  on renewable energy developments and policies in the UK and globally. 

This is the main access site for Renew and NATTA- the Network for Alternative Technology and Technology Assessment.  NATTA was set up as an  independent information service  in 1976, and Renew, its  bimonthly newsletter,  started up in 1979,  with a free electronic version, Renew On Line, starting up after issue 100 .


Renew On Line  (ROL) is available free, bimonthly, in downloadable PDF format here

The current Nov-Dec 2018 issue: ROL136

Back  issues

Sept – Oct 2018  issue: ROL 135

July- August 2018 issue: ROL 134

May-June 2018 issue: ROL133

March-April 2018 issue: ROL 132

Jan-Feb 2018 issue: ROL131

Nov-Dec 2017 issue: ROL130

Sept-Oct 2017 issue:ROL129

July-Aug 2017 issue: ROL 128

May-June 2017 issue: ROL127 

March-April 2017 issue: rol126                                                                                                                      Jan-Feb 2017 issue: rol125                                                                                                                               Nov-Dec 2016 issue: ROL124                                                                                                                          Sept- Oct 2016 issue: ROL123                                                                                                                           July-Aug 2016 issue:  ROL122                                                                                                                           May-June 2016 issue: ROL 121                                                                                                                       March-April 2016 issue: ROL120                                                                                                                       Jan-Feb 2016 issue: ROL119                                                                                                                             Nov-Dec 2015 issue:  ROL118                                                                                                                          Sept Oct 2015 issue: ROL117                                                                                                                          July- August 2015 issue: ROL116                                                                                                                 May-June 2015 issue: ROL115                                                                                                                       March-April 2015 issue: ROL114                                                                                                                        Jan- Feb 2015 issue: ROL113

We also  produce a shorter Renew Extra,  until recently alternating bi-monthly  with ROL,  looking at wider issues:

From Feb 2018 onwards,  this posting has been combined with the old Policy Blog (see below) and is now run monthly, still covering wider issues.  It’s at:

Back postings  (pre Feb 2018) are available from the old site above.

Why not book mark these Blogs on your browser now: they are all posted near the beginning of each  respective month.

Renew On Line was  posted as a blog bimonthly without pictures/charts at:   up to Renew On Line 118, but this service has now been discontinued: not many people seemed to use it,  and it was hard  format in which to load up text properly . Earlier ones (from ROL 113 on) are still accessible in text only Blog format via a  link on the Blogspot site.

Renew On Line archive  All the back issues of Renew On Line in PDF format  are available from:


Renew’s editor and NATTA co-ordinator, Prof David Elliott, did also post a monthly ‘policy’ blog at:

That has now  (fom Feb 2018) been combined with Renew Extra, see above,  in a monthly posting. The back issues are still a vailable at the above link.

His well received weekly 1000 word Renew your energy technology blog, for the Institute of Physics, is on their  Environmental Research web site:        

In May 2018 it shfted to

Why not book mark these sites on your browser too? And check them all out regularly .

There’s also now a weekly Twitter notification of all these postings:     Earlier postings are at:

In addition to these weekly, monthly and bimonthly posts, NATTA produces an end of year annual review. The most recent edition is downloadable free as a PDF file here:

Renew 2018

Here are earlier ones:

Renew 2017



and Renew2014

Student Renew NATTA also produces a controlled access extended  student version of Renew, available to students on courses that subscribe to it, via a password. The bimonthly PDF file is posted at:

It’s an expanded version of the free Renew On Line. Check with your course administrator to see if your course subscribes and, if so, get the password . Course leaders  wishing to  subscribe, for a small pro-rata fee, to give their student access, should contact

Books  You may also be interested in David Elliott’s  e-book, produced for the IoP: ‘Renewables: a review of sustainable energy supply issues’,

and  his  Pivot e-book: ‘Green Energy Futures’,  from Palgrave:

And  also his book for the IoP, on ‘Balancing Green Power’:

The IoP has also published his book on Nuclear Power:

And mostly recently there’s ‘Renewable Energy: from Europe to Africa’ (with Terry Cook):

David Elliott is emeritus professor of Technology Policy at the Open University UK, where he pioneered courses and research  focusing on renewable  energy and  innovation policy. NATTA  has been his long running ‘out reach’ project, continued into his retirement.  He will endeavor to respond to direct feed back on the posts and can be contacted at