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Battery Energy Storage = Competitive Substitute For Gas Peakers

By |2019-10-09T10:00:31+00:00February 12th, 2019|News, Reviews, Solar and Battery|

Traditionally, utilities built and operated a portfolio of generation plants consisting of a few large baseload units – typically nuclear or coal – some intermediate plants, and a number of peakers – typically natural gas-fired units with rapid ramping capability. Baseload units ran close to flat out year-round, 24/7; the intermediate units were used to

ScottishPower launches ‘game changer’ EV tariff

By |2019-10-09T10:01:13+00:00February 7th, 2019|Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, News, Reviews, Solar and Battery|

ScottishPower has become the latest utility to launch an exclusive EV tariff, proposing to slash the cost of charging an electric vehicle.The power firm’s new EV tariff, dubbed SmartPower Green EV, is designed to allow consumers to charge their electric vehicles outside of peak hours – typically between midnight and 5am – which can deliver

Energy retail, disruption and the death of the margin game

By |2019-10-09T10:01:21+00:00February 6th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Reviews, Solar and Battery|

It’s only just February but, amidst intense disruption, 2019 looks set to be a year in which the energy supplier sector could change for good.Yesterday’s news that npower was to lose some 900 jobs over the coming year was perhaps a surprise, but not necessarily unexpected. The supplier, owned by German energy giant innogy, may

Nuclear site set for 300MW solar re-birth

By |2019-10-09T10:01:30+00:00February 5th, 2019|News, Renewable Energy, Reviews, Solar and Battery|

The French government has launched a 300MW solar tender in the Fessenheim area.The eponymous nuclear power plant is scheduled for closure in 2022. As part plans for the region’s economy, the state has committed €250 million to the project.The tender is divided into 200MW of ground-mounted solar, 75MW of large-scale rooftop installs with the final

Battery storage as substitute for gas peakers – better performance, lower cost

By |2019-10-09T10:01:55+00:00February 3rd, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Reviews, Solar and Battery|

Traditionally, utilities built and operated a portfolio of generation plants consisting of a few large base load units – typically nuclear or coal – some intermediate plants and a number of peakers – typically natural gas fired units with rapid ramping capability (visual below).Base load units ran flat out year-round, 24/7; the intermediate units were

UK to join Europe’s subsidy-free solar ‘vanguard’ in 2019

By |2019-10-09T10:02:06+00:00February 2nd, 2019|News, Reviews, Solar and Battery|

Wood Mackenzie has predicted that the UK will join Europe’s “vanguard of subsidy-free utility-scale solar PV” in 2019 as project costs continue to fall.In a new report, authored by Wood Mackenzie analysts Tom Heggarty and Benjamin Attia, the consultancy firm has charted the top ten trends to watch in the year ahead and has predicted

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