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 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
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
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
The climate data for 2018 is now mostly in, though the ongoing shutdown of the US government has caused some datasets to be delayed.In this article, Carbon Brief explains why last year proved to be so remarkable across the oceans, atmosphere, cryosphere and surface temperature of the planet.
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
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
Engineers and scientists at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde say sandstone in the sea bed off the coast of the UK could be used to store high pressure compressed air.