Energy and Climate Change

Power Shutoffs: Playing with Fire

By |2020-01-06T17:53:40+00:00January 8th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Opinion, Wildfires|

California’s fire season is back. Yet if this past week is any indication, our emergency response remains woefully inadequate. When disaster strikes we are far from being energy resilient, ensuring reliable access to electricity for our most vulnerable communities. Climate fires are California’s new normal. Dangerous combinations of high (20-60 mph) sustained winds and

Batteries Will Change the Energy Industry Forever

By |2020-01-06T17:50:26+00:00January 7th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Opinion, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

Energy storage is no longer an asset class that utilities can ignore. One of the biggest criticisms of renewable energy has been its inherently intermittent nature. Solar energy plants don't produce power at night, and wind turbines don't produce power without wind, so utilities need fossil-fuel or power plants to keep the grid running.

Social Energy comes out on top as Shell issues 0.001p/kWh SEG

By |2020-01-06T15:02:24+00:00January 6th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), Solar, Solar and Battery|

Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) tariffs have been unveiled after the legislation came into full effect yesterday (1 January 2020), with pricing ranging wildly from Social Energy's 5.6p per kWh down to the barely-compliant 0.001p per kWh that Shell Energy is offering. Under the SEG, suppliers with over 150,000 domestic customers were required to launch

Company offers discounts on storage to help Californian’s deal with the ‘new normal’ of shutoffs

By |2019-12-16T23:33:50+00:00December 22nd, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Cut, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wildfires|

With Public Safety Power Shutoffs increasingly common in California to prevent the spread of wildfires, many are calling for more residential solar plus storage to help keep the lights on. The Californian wildfire season has been devastating, with some 53,354 acres burned according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This autumn,

Leading scientists condemn political inaction on climate change as Australia ‘literally burns’

By |2019-12-16T23:27:48+00:00December 21st, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Wildfires|

Climate experts ‘bewildered’ by government ‘burying their heads in the sand’, and say bushfires on Australia’s east coast should be a ‘wake-up call’ Leading scientists have expressed concern about the lack of focus on the climate crisis as bushfires rage across New South Wales and Queensland, saying it should be a “wake-up call” for

German town disconnects from grid, goes 100% renewable – for an hour

By |2019-12-16T23:22:55+00:00December 20th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

For a brief period a few days ago, Bordesholm in Germany became a showcase for how entire communities could switch over to renewable energy, with the backing of energy storage capacity. Solar inverter maker SMA’s devices, including its Sunny Central Storage battery inverter and SMA Hybrid Controller XL, were used in a trial whereby

Power storage is the missing link in green-energy plans

By |2019-12-16T18:16:05+00:00December 18th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Why batteries are essential to fighting climate change Solar and wind power are the glamorous twins of the clean-electricity revolution. It is thrilling to see a field of glistening panels absorbing the sun’s energy or a vast turbine twirling above the ocean. Stationary power storage does not have quite the same allure—think of a

Growth ‘soars’ in UK energy storage

By |2019-12-16T18:03:46+00:00December 17th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery|

R-UK report says 10.5GW of planning applications have been made for battery projects up from 6.9GW a year ago Over 10,500MW of battery storage planning applications have been made in the UK, compared with 6900MW a year ago, according to new research from RenewableUK (R-UK). The trade body's latest Project Intelligence report said that

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