Monthly Archives: May 2019

CO2 in the atmosphere just exceeded 415 parts per million for the first time in human history

By |2019-05-20T12:02:04+00:00May 22nd, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

The human race has broken another record on its race to ecological collapse. Congratulations humanity! For the first time in human history — not recorded history, but since humans have existed on Earth — carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has topped 415 parts per million, reaching 415.26 parts per million, according to sensors at the

UK power records continue to fall as solar sets new generation high

By |2019-05-20T11:55:34+00:00May 21st, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Yet another power generation record fell in the UK yesterday afternoon, as the country’s solar fleet set a new generation record. The UK’s solar generation topped out at 9.47GW around midday yesterday (Tuesday 13 May 2019), toppling the previous record of 9.38GW set in May 2017. And with the bright skies set to continue, there’s

Flood threat may force whole communities to abandon homes, report warns

By |2019-05-13T15:48:48+00:00May 18th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Britain "can't win a war against water" by simply building higher flood defences, the head of the Environment Agency warns. Whole communities may need to be moved as traditional defences are not enough to protect against the growing risks of flooding and coastal erosion, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned. With global temperatures predicted to

Britain completes first week without coal since Industrial Revolution

By |2019-05-13T14:44:08+00:00May 16th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery, Wind|

Great Britain has completed a full week without coal generation, the first time it has done so since the Industrial Revolution in 1882. National Grid ESO confirmed the landmark had been reached in a tweet at 1:25pm this afternoon, having previously guided that the feat was likely to occur. Coal was last used to generate

Anger as UK gov’t proposes 15% tax rise for solar, storage purchases

By |2019-05-13T14:40:21+00:00May 15th, 2019|News, Solar and Battery|

The national Renewable Energy Association has taken aim at a British government proposal to hike up tax rates attached to some energy saving equipment purchases, including solar and battery storage. A consultation launched by the government department responsible for tax, HM Revenue & Customs closed late last week, proposing an increase in the VAT (value-added

BEIS preparing Smart Export legislation before the summer, targets late 2019 tariff deadline

By |2019-05-13T14:35:10+00:00May 14th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, Feed In Tariff, FIT, News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

The government is aiming to start the legislative process for the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) before the summer in a bid to have the export tariff up and running before the end of the year. Earlier this week Labour MP Kerry McCarthy quizzed officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on

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