Power Generation

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

Battery storage and new opportunities

By |2019-07-29T16:43:54+00:00August 1st, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, News, Opinion, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

Two years ago, battery storage enjoyed a quite different environment. National Grid was offering attractively priced, bilateral Firm Frequency Response (FFR) contracts, so anyone on the enduring market could easily capture prices between £15/MWh and £25/MWh (and sometimes even higher). The Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender also awarded 4-year contracts with an average price of

The UK’s shift to clean energy is about to get really, really tough

By |2019-07-29T16:41:01+00:00July 31st, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy|

Renewable electricity in the UK has had a great year, but with our homes and transport still almost totally reliant on carbon the hardest part of the zero-carbon future is still ahead It’s been a bad year for fossil fuels in the UK. In May, Great Britain went two weeks without burning any coal for

Solar helps push carbon emissions to record low

By |2019-07-29T16:59:27+00:00July 29th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Solar generated 9% of Britain’s electricity on 30 June as carbon emissions dropped to a record-low of 97g/kWh, according to data from Drax. High levels of both solar and wind were credited with enabling the record, with renewables providing more than half (55.3%) of Britain’s electricity that day. Solar made up 9% of Britain’s electricity

Remove policy barriers to solar, says Conservative Environmental Network manifesto

By |2019-07-15T15:47:28+00:00July 20th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Solar, Solar and Battery|

The Conservative Environmental Network (CEN) has released its manifesto, outlining ideas for how the Conservative Party could tackle the climate emergency, including the removal of barriers to solar and storage. The CEN, an independent forum, MP caucus and membership organisation for conservative MPs that are supportive of conservation and decarbonisation, released its "optimistic" manifesto yesterday.

Onsite generation: UK businesses primed to become ‘power plants of the future’

By |2019-07-15T15:31:33+00:00July 19th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Solar, Solar and Battery|

More than 80% of UK businesses generating renewable energy onsite plan to increase capacity over the next five years, according to a new survey. Conducted by Centrica Business Solutions (CBS), the research report, Distributed Energy Future Trends: The insights behind sustainable business growth, features the findings of a survey of almost 600 UK businesses. The

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy

By |2019-07-15T15:23:22+00:00July 18th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Pollution, Power Generation|

Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturday. The announcement marked a significant shift for Europe’s largest country — a nation that had

Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Enable a Renewable Grid

By |2019-07-15T15:14:37+00:00July 17th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Solar, Solar and Battery|

A roadblock to sustainable energy solutions is coming unstuck The way the world gets its electricity is undergoing a rapid transition, driven by both the increased urgency of decarbonizing energy systems and the plummeting costs of wind and solar technology. In the past decade electricity generated by renewables in the U.S. has doubled, primarily from

New Solar + Battery Price Crushes Fossil Fuels, Buries Nuclear

By |2019-07-15T13:38:08+00:00July 16th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Los Angeles Power and Water officials have struck a deal on the largest and cheapest solar + battery-storage project in the world, at prices that leave fossil fuels in the dust and may relegate nuclear power to the dustbin. Later this month the LA Board of Water and Power Commissioners is expected to approve a

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