Monthly Archives: March 2019

Ban cars outside UK schools to tackle air pollution, teachers say

By |2019-03-27T12:35:53+00:00March 31st, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Pollution|

Government must take urgent action to improve air quality around schools, report finds Nearly two-thirds of teachers would support car-free roads outside schools during drop-off and pickup times, while more than half want the government to take urgent action to improve air quality outside schools, a survey suggests. The study, in which 840 people in

‘Unprecedented’ events send UK power market into negative pricing for six hours straight

By |2019-03-27T12:29:44+00:00March 30th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, Solar, Wind|

UK wholesale power prices dipped into negative pricing for more than six hours yesterday following an “unprecedented turn of events” in the country’s supply and demand profile. Yesterday (Sunday 24 March 2019) witnessed the UK’s system price dip to -£50/MWh from settlement period 21 (10:00 – 10:30am) and remain negative until 4:30pm as the country

Top oil firms spending millions lobbying to block climate change policies, says report

By |2019-03-27T12:25:36+00:00March 29th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Ad campaigns hide investment in a huge expansion of oil and gas extraction, says InfluenceMap The largest five stock market listed oil and gas companies spend nearly $200m (£153m) a year lobbying to delay, control or block policies to tackle climate change, according to a new report. Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil were the main companies

How residential energy storage could help support the power grid

By |2019-03-27T10:31:56+00:00March 28th, 2019|Battery Storage, News|

Household batteries could contribute to making the grid more cost effective, reliable, resilient, and safe—if retail battery providers, utilities, and regulators can resolve delicate commercial, operational, and policy issues. The growth of battery storage in the power sector has attracted a great deal of attention in the industry and media. Much of that attention focuses

In Germany, Consumers Embrace a Shift to Home Batteries

By |2019-03-27T10:31:09+00:00March 27th, 2019|Battery Storage, News|

A growing number of homeowners in Germany are installing batteries to store solar power. As prices for energy storage systems drop, they are adopting a green vision: a solar panel on every roof, an EV in every garage, and a battery in every basement. Stefan Paris is a 55-year-old radiologist living in Berlin’s outer suburbs.

Storing energy with lithium-ion batteries moves us closer to 2030 targets

By |2019-03-27T10:32:43+00:00March 26th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Wind|

Renewable energy’s contribution to the generation mix continues to grow. However, it still faces one major challenge. Producing green electricity is one thing, but storing it is quite another. The problem? It’s the weather, stupid. Scotland may be the windiest place in Europe, but that wind isn’t consistent. When it blows, the turbines turn, but

Tesla Solar Roof: Elon Musk Declares 2019 Will Be the Year of the Roof

By |2019-03-27T12:31:04+00:00March 25th, 2019|Battery Storage, Model 3, Model Y, Powerwall, Solar, Tesla|

The boost follows a tough year, hampered by Tesla Model 3 production. Tesla is going to focus its efforts on the Solar Roof for the coming year, CEO Elon Musk told an audience Thursday. The company’s energy-collecting tiles, which look like a standard roof to the untrained eye, have wowed onlookers with their sleek design

Renewables hit record high in 2018 as fossil fuels faltered

By |2019-03-27T10:33:40+00:00March 15th, 2019|Comment, News, Renewable Energy, Reviews, Solar and Battery, Uncategorized, Wind|

Renewable energy generation hit a record high in 2018, with gas, coal and nuclear all falling.New statistics released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) showed that renewable energy accounted for 27.5% of the UK electricity supply last year, an increase of four percentage points on the previous year.Renewable energy production in

Economic illiteracy and green vandalism: Political pressure over BEIS solar policy gap ratchets up

By |2019-03-27T10:33:56+00:00March 14th, 2019|Comment, Feed In Tariff, News, Reviews, Solar and Battery, Uncategorized|

Political pressure on the government’s decision to close the feed-in tariff with no replacement scheme in place has ratcheted up ahead of the closure of a consultation on the future of solar policy in the UK.This evening the government’s consultation on the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) – the proposed replacement for the feed-in tariff –

Energy Storage Has A Breakout Year On Both Sides Of The Meter

By |2019-03-27T10:34:05+00:00March 13th, 2019|Comment, News, Renewable Energy, Reviews, Solar and Battery, Uncategorized|

2018 may have been the year of residential energy storage, according to a leading analyst, but grid storage was no slouch.2018 was also the year that grid-level batteries broke out of early adopter states, said Dan Finn-Foley, a senior analyst with Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, and began appearing in places that might once have

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