Monthly Archives: August 2019

National Grid ESO probing power cuts following sudden generation collapse

By |2019-08-13T14:54:50+00:00August 25th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News|

The sudden loss of nearly 2GW of generation triggered a stress event and power cuts experienced up and down the country on Friday evening (9 August 2019). The incident, which caused significant disruption up and down the UK, was triggered by failures at two large generators, specifically Orsted’s 1.2GW Hornsea offshore wind farm and the

Tesla shares picture of Powerwall home with lights on while outage plunges neighbourhood in the dark

By |2019-08-13T14:51:43+00:00August 24th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News|

Tesla is starting to ramp up the deployment of Powerwalls and it is proving useful for many homeowners. Today, Tesla shared a picture of a Powerwall house with lights on while a power outage plunged an entire neighbourhood in the dark. There are a few different use cases for Tesla’s Powerwall. Homeowners can use it

US energy storage roll-out up 45% in 2018, says new report

By |2019-08-13T14:48:09+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News, Solar and Battery|

Installations of energy storage in the United States jumped by 44.9% last year, according to trade body the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). A new report from the organisation estimates a grand total of 760.3MWh of energy storage was interconnected US-wide in 2018, hitting a cumulative market size of 1,966.6MWh. According to SEPA, investor-owned utilities

Lightning strike revealed as cause of 9 August UK black out

By |2019-08-23T11:40:06+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Cut, Power Generation|

A lightning strike that caused two separate losses of generation – described by National Grid ESO as an “extremely rare and unexpected event” – has been revealed as the cause behind Britain’s power cut on 9 August 2019. This morning the electricity system operator published its interim report into the incident, revealing that a lightning

Amazon deforestation accelerating towards unrecoverable ‘tipping point’

By |2019-08-13T14:45:27+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Data confirms fears that Jair Bolsonaro’s policy encourages illegal logging in Brazil Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has surged above three football fields a minute, according to the latest government data, pushing the world’s biggest rainforest closer to a tipping point beyond which it cannot recover. The sharp rise – following year-on-year increases in May

UK risks losing out to Europe in home battery boom, report warns

By |2019-08-13T14:41:15+00:00August 21st, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

Controversial tax hike could leave country lagging behind as continent powers ahead The UK risks being left behind in Europe’s home battery boom because of a controversial tax hike on solar-battery systems, according to a report. The energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie has predicted that Europe’s home battery capacity could climb fivefold in the next five

BP and Shell planning for catastrophic 5°C global warming despite publicly backing Paris climate agreement

By |2019-08-13T14:38:37+00:00August 20th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Companies are trying to 'have their oil and drink it' by committing to 2°C in public while planning for much higher temperature rises, says shareholder campaign group, ShareAction Oil giants Shell and BP are planning for global temperatures to rise as much as 5°C by the middle of the century. The level is more than

Power struggle hindering U.S. growth of renewable energy, experts say

By |2019-08-13T14:36:22+00:00August 19th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Aug. 5 (UPI) -- As more consumer options for greener technologies emerge in the United States, there's a power struggle for control of the electricity market -- between customers and vendors of solar power and utilities that deliver and sell volts to the masses. Net metering -- excess power from a renewable source, like solar,

Companies that fail to respond to climate change ‘will go bankrupt without question’, Mark Carney warns

By |2019-08-13T14:33:18+00:00August 18th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Bank of England governor says efforts to reverse global warming will lead to 'major changes' in UK economy Companies that fail to respond to the challenges of climate change “will go bankrupt without question”, the governor of the Bank of England has warned. Mark Carney said banks and insurance companies were among firms threatened by

No flights, a four-day week and living off-grid: what climate scientists do at home to save the planet

By |2019-08-05T11:53:18+00:00August 17th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

What changes have the experts made to their own lives to tackle the climate emergency? The researcher planning a four-day working week ‘We need to reduce our capacity and urge to consume’ Month after month, there is research showing that climate change is happening faster than we thought. We’re in a car hurtling towards the

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