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Huge Battery Investments Drop Energy-Storage Costs Faster Than Expected, Threatening Natural Gas

By |2019-11-11T12:59:53+00:00November 12th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

The global energy transition is happening faster than the models predicted, according to a report released today by the Rocky Mountain Institute, thanks to massive investments in the advanced-battery technology ecosystem. Previous and planned investments total $150 billion through 2023, RMI calculates—the equivalent of every person in the world chipping in $20. In the first

Conservative Party unveils net zero package to muted response

By |2019-10-14T12:49:03+00:00October 18th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation|

The Conservative Party has pledged a suite of new policies comprising a ‘net zero package’ which it said would put “21st Century Conservativism” at the heart of the government’s green agenda. But the suite of policies, some of which had been previously announced, has been criticised by the sector for failing to address the challenge

Hinkley Point C and the UK’s obsession with oft-delayed, costly projects

By |2019-10-14T12:31:40+00:00October 15th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation|

In case you missed it, EDF considered yesterday an opportune time to bury some bad news. It evidently wasn’t wrong, judging by scenes in Westminster yesterday evening, but the French energy giant still had a slightly difficult morning to contend with. Yesterday morning EDF confirmed that not only was its flagship UK nuclear project, Hinkley

Coal’s record low confirmed as BEIS stats reveal extent of slide

By |2019-10-07T16:43:11+00:00October 13th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Pollution, Power Generation|

Coal’s contribution to UK electricity generation fell to historic lows in the second quarter of this year, official government statistics have shown. Fresh electricity generation stats, released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today, show that coal contributed just 0.6% of the UK’s power demand in the three months ended June 2019,

Hinkley Point C costs soar again as EDF admits project delay risks have risen

By |2019-10-07T16:40:08+00:00October 12th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation|

EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear project is at greater risk of running 15 months behind schedule and could cost the firm up to £2.9 billion more than previously estimated, the French power giant has confirmed. In a statement this morning, EDF said that following the milestone completion of the nuclear island ‘common raft’ in June

DCC lauds 2 million SMETS2 installation milestone

By |2019-09-16T13:04:57+00:00September 22nd, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation|

The two millionth SMETS2 smart meter has been installed, marking the doubling of installs since May. The Data Communications Company (DCC), which manages communications between the country’s smart meters, is celebrating milestone, which has come amidst an uptick in installs. Leading areas are seeing 1-in-7 households with a smart meter, the DCC said. Smart meters

Government clean energy policy inaction branded ‘unacceptable’ by select committee

By |2019-09-03T11:40:00+00:00September 8th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

The government must plug its policy shortfall or risk failing to hit binding net zero targets, the Science and Technology select committee has warned. Identifying ten areas where government policy is lacking, the committee issued a series of recommendations in a new report looking at how to achieve net zero by 2050. Among the committee’s

UK powers to new grid carbon intensity low of just 39g CO2/kWh

By |2019-08-23T19:50:25+00:00September 5th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Pollution|

The UK recorded a new grid carbon intensity low last weekend, as the country enjoyed extensive periods of fifth carbon budget-compliant power generation. The new record low - 39g CO2/kWh - was recorded at 3:24pm on Saturday 17 August, and came as wind sent renewables’ contribution to electricity demand soaring. Data compiled by Drax Electricity

Batteries and black outs: How storage helped bring the UK system back online, and how they could do more

By |2019-08-23T19:45:16+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid, News, Solar and Battery|

Those digits won’t mean a lot outside of energy circles, but they’re likely to be etched into the UK industry’s folklore. Just after 16:52 on Friday 9 August 2019, the UK’s power system - one of the most secure in the world - tripped, causing power outages felt by more than 1 million customers. While

Asda signs up its fridges to keep the UK warm this winter

By |2019-08-23T19:41:14+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid, News|

Asda signs up its fridges to keep the UK warm this winter Supermarket’s freezers will help power 8,500 homes by matching defrost times to blackouts or surges in demand Hundreds of Asda supermarket stores will help power the UK’s electricity system this winter by using their fridges as a virtual battery pack for the energy

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