National Grid

UKPN introduces ‘green’ transformers to aid decarbonisation

By |2020-06-02T14:31:08+00:00June 4th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation|

UK Power Networks (UKPN) is installing new steel core transformers at substations that are set to help support decarbonisation. The amorphous steel core transformers are high efficiency, with the distribution network operator (DNO) to replace around 15,000 transformers over time. This is set to save over 8,500MWh per year and result in a carbon

Surging wind helps renewables overtake fossil fuels in Q1

By |2020-06-02T13:00:56+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

For the first time ever, more electricity came from renewables than fossil fuels throughout the whole of Q1 2020. During the first three months of the year, over 40% of Britain’s electricity came from renewable energy sources, with 30.6% coming from gas according to Drax’s newest Electric Insights Quarterly. This was bolstered by a

Ofgem approves changes ending double charging of storage

By |2020-05-26T10:44:33+00:00May 26th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid, News, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

Double charging of battery storage is to end, as Ofgem approves changes to the Connection and Use of System Code (CUSC). The UK regulator announced last year it was consulting on the removal of Balancing Service Use of System (BSUoS) charges for energy taken from the grid by storage assets. BSUoS charges allow National

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

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