Sustainability champions recognised in honours

Senior figures from the UK’s green economy have been recognised with awards in the New Year’s honours List.

Tom Delay, Chief Executive at The Carbon Trust, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for “services to sustainability in business”.

Shaun Kingsbury, former Chief Executive at the Green Investment Bank, also received a CBE for “services to the UK green economy”.

Kingsbury stood down from his role following the bank’s sale to Australian investment firm Macquarie,...

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National Grid suggests capacity market cuts

Less capacity should be sought in the forthcoming Capacity Market auctions, according to National Grid.

In its newly-released Capacity Market Auction Guidelines, the system operator has recommended cutting the targets.

National Grid recommends targeting 4.9GW of capacity for the T-1 auction covering the winter of 2018-19, down by 1.1GW.

It also suggests cutting the target for the T-4 Capacity Market auction in 2021-22 by 600MW to 49.5GW.

Auctions due in coming weeks

It said the changes...

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BEIS reduces projection for emissions

The UK will produce less greenhouse gas during the periods for its fourth and fifth carbon budgets than previously estimated, according to updated official figures.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) now expects that 2,014 megatonnes of carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere between 2023 and 2027, the period covered by the fourth carbon budget.

The figure is 54 megatonnes lower than last year’s estimate.

Yet, even after the reduction, the total...

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Sector round-up 09/01/2018

Offshore wind hub seeks ideas

The Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange has launched three innovation challenges to tackle problems with composite structures.

The innovation programme – which is run by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Innovate UK – is seeking ideas for automated painting of composites, automated inspection of composites and the non-destructive testing of faults within composites.

The call for ideas closes on 16 February.

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Renewable energy sets new records

New figures show 2017 is set to be the greenest ever for the UK’s energy supply.

National Grid data showed 13 renewable energy records have been broken, including the highest output recorded in a single day from wind and solar.

The year also saw the first full day since the Industrial Revolution without coal power.

Duncan Burt, director of the system operator at National Grid, said: “It’s been an exciting year managing the many ‘network firsts’,”

New era of grid operation

He said 2017...

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Distributed energy forecast to quadruple

The world’s distributed energy resources capacity is poised to grow from 132.4GW in 2017 to 528.4GW in 2026, according to a new report.

Electric vehicle charging and flexibility technologies – such as demand response and energy storage – are expected to outpace competing solutions in the next decade.

Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, Senior Research Analyst at Navigant Research, said: “For countries and regions that started their energy transition early, the role of distributed generation...

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National Grid publishes balancing services roadmap

National Grid has published a roadmap of actions for its frequency response and reserve markets.

The document outlines the principles which govern how its balancing services products will develop over time, which it said would provide greater clarity and investor certainty.

The roadmap follows National Grid’s ‘System Needs and Product Strategy’ (SNAPS) consultation which outlined the system balancing needs and set out how products could likely develop over time.

Some 128 responses were...

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Scottish energy strategy welcomed by renewables industry

Scotland’s new energy strategy shows “huge ambition”, the renewable energy industry has said.

The Scottish Government aims to generate half of all energy – for heat, transport and electricity –from renewable sources by 2030.

The strategy includes a requirement to almost double Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity – from 9.3GW to 17GW –  over the same period.

The Holyrood administration will also press ahead with plans to create a publicly-owned energy company.

Linking heat, transport...

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Integrated energy storage and renewables to be worth $23bn

Integrated energy storage and renewable projects are expected to see annual income pass $23 billion by 2026, according to a new report.

The report predicts that as costs for renewable energy projects drop and policies and resilience demands increase, capacity for wind and solar PV will continue to rise across all regions and market segments.

This uptick in large-scale additions of variable forms of generation presents challenges to the electrical grid, but energy storage systems (ESSs) are...

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Green Investment Group in waste-to-energy partnership deal

Green Investment Group (GIG), the organisation previously known as the Green Investment Bank, has formed a partnership with Covanta to build and own waste-to-energy projects in the UK and Ireland.

GIG is kicking off the new partnership by buying a 50% stake in Covanta’s Dublin waste-to-energy site for €136 million (£121m).

The partnership has identified up to six projects in the UK that could be suitable for investment.

Covanta already 43 facilities in its portfolio that together can process ...

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