UK decarbonisation possible without new nuclear says report

UK decarbonisation possible without new nuclear says report

Rapid decarbonisation of the UK’s power grid is possible by 2030 without relying on “expensive and controversial” nuclear, biomass or carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to a new report.

The paper – which was commissioned by the US-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and compiled by Vivid Economics – concluded that wind and solar can provide more than 60% of total electricity by 2030.

Already planned or existing nuclear and natural gas capacity could provide the remainder, it ...

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Plan to link European grid networks explored

Renewable energy developer Innogy and transmission line operator Tennet are to investigate the potential of linking Europe’s power grids using offshore wind farms.

The companies are exploring whether interconnectors could be used to form a “North Sea Wind Power Hub”.

Mel Kroon, Tennet’s chief executive, said: “Given WindEurope’s forecasts of the planned deployment of up to 70GW offshore wind by 2030, new approaches must be investigated to connect large scale offshore wind to the onshore grids.

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Ofgem reviews supplier licensing regime

The energy regulator has launched a review of its licensing regime for power suppliers.

Ofgem said it wanted to ensure that “appropriate protections are in place against poor customer service and financial instability”.

The watchdog said the current system had “helped boost competition in the energy market, giving consumers looking for a better deal more suppliers than ever before to choose from”.

The review is part of Ofgem’s forward work programme, which was outlined in March.

Consultation...

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G6 backs ambitious climate plans

The G6 – the Group of Seven industrialised countries, minus the United States – has thrown its weight behind efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

In the final text from the G7 summit, the G6 – consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the European Union – said that they

“reaffirm their strong commitment to implement the Paris Agreement, through ambitious climate action; in particular through reducing emissions while stimulating innovation, enhancing adaptive capacity,...

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Scotland’s greenhouse gases halve since 1990

Scotland is on course to exceed its 2020 climate change targets after a 49% drop in greenhouse gas emissions.

Pollution fell by 49% between 1990 and 2017, according to the latest Scottish Government statistics, with carbon dioxide emissions down 50%.

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “We must go further and faster if we are to meet our responsibilities to our children, grandchildren, and future generations.

“Our ambitious Climate Change Bill will ensure we do exactly that – by...

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Battery projects win £22m Government funding

Innovate UK, the former Technology Strategy Board, has handed out grants worth a total of £22 million to 12 battery research and development projects.

The funding came from the Faraday Battery Challenge, part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research & Innovation, the parent organisation for the research council funding bodies, said: “Through advanced battery technology, we will unlock a new generation of electric vehicles,...

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19/06/2018 - Sector Round Up

Race Bank offshore wind farm opens

The Race Bank wind farm off the coast of Grimsby has been officially opened.

The wind farm’s 91 turbines have a combined capacity of 573MW.

Race Bank is owned by Ørsted, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5, Sumitomo Corporation and funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management.

> See Orsted's statement

 

City of London in 100% renewables pledge

The City of London Corporation is to buy all its...

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Businesses urged to tap into flexibility benefits

Decarbonising the economy also offers significant opportunities for UK businesses to boost their competitiveness, according to a new report.

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and RenewableUK examined how industrial energy users and renewables generators are working with the system operator to balance the grid.

They looked at how intensive users are being flexible by ramping up or decreasing their demand on the grid when it is most needed, in response to a signal or incentive.

They...

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Onshore wind ‘could deliver £1.6 billion benefit to consumers’

Awarding CfD contracts for 5 gigawatts (GW) of new onshore wind power between 2019 and 2025 could deliver a net payback to UK consumers of £1.6 billion, a new report claims.

Analysis from renewable energy consultants BVG Associates show that the costs of new onshore wind projects will drop beneath the Government’s forecast wholesale electricity price from 2023, delivering a net benefit for the nation.

The report, supported by ScottishPower Renewables, Vattenfall, innogy and Statkraft, was...

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Government says ‘on track’ for nuclear safety post-Brexit

Ministers have said that the UK is “on track” to meet its international obligations after its nuclear safeguards legislation passed through Parliament.

The Nuclear Safeguards Bill is one of the first pieces of legislation relating to the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU) to make it through both Houses.

The legislation allows the UK Government to create a domestic nuclear regulator once the UK leaves the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).

The UK has also signed two fresh...

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