New partnership for renewable energy forecasting

The Met Office, the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Aarhus University in Denmark and Envision Energy have teamed up for a new project.

The partners aim to improve how they forecast the amount of renewable energy that will be generated by wind turbines, solar panels and other equipment.

Improving forecasts will help the grid to better manage the variability in the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy projects.

Ultimately, the project aims to lower...

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5/12/2017 - Sector Round Up

First power for Rampion

The first turbine in E.ON’s Rampion offshore wind farm has begun generating electricity.

Construction of the wind farm began off the coast of Sussex in 2015.

The 400MW project is expected to be completed next year.

> Read E.ON's announcement

 

Plans for one of UK’s largest battery projects announced

Public Power Solutions (PPS), the company owned by Swindon Borough Council, has applied for planning permission to build one of the UK’s largest electricity storage ...

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Energy sector disappointed by budget

The energy industry’s reaction to the UK Government’s budget has been lukewarm, with many commentators lamenting a lack of clarity over the carbon floor price and future support for renewable power.

Philip Hammond’s budget unveiled fresh funding for electric vehicles, higher taxes for diesel cars, proposals for a tax on plastic and funding for clean air zones.

Yet the Chancellor was criticised for not providing more guidance on the future of the Carbon Floor Price, with no further funding for ...

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Energy storage set to rise dramatically predicts BNEF

The global energy storage market is expected to double in size six times between 2016 and 2030, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Some 125GW of storage capacity is expected to be online by 2030.

A total of $103 billion (£77bn) is forecast to be invested in the technology.

BNEF said: “This is a similar trajectory to the remarkable expansion that the solar industry went through from 2000 to 2015, in which the share of photovoltaics as a percentage of total...

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AI to boost renewable energy efficiency

Solar panels and wind turbines are forecast to become more efficient thanks to the use of artificial intelligence (AI), according to a new report.

Risk management consultancy DNV GL said that “machine learning” – through which computers study existing data instead of being specifically programmed to carry out a given task – will help to automate operations, making them more efficient.

The trend is expected in areas such as decision making and planning, condition monitoring, robotics,...

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Public Accounts Committee criticise Hinkley deal

The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee has criticised the UK Government over its handling of the deal to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.

The committee lambasted ministers for not protecting consumers’ interests, warning that the poorest bill-payers will have to pay the most for the station.

It said the government must now “firm up” its “vague” promises of the wider benefits of the project so “UK workers, supply chain businesses and apprentices can see...

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Network operators highlight £1.7bn innovation benefits

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has published the latest versions of its network innovation strategies for electricity and gas.

The strategies highlight how up to £1.7 billion could be saved through the use of innovation by 2031.

It draws attention to the benefits of the projects funded through the Low Carbon Networks Fund (LNCF) between 2010 and 2015.

David Smith, the ENA’s Chief Executive, said: “Network innovation in our sector means that the UK is rapidly emerging as a world leader ...

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Centrica urges changes to energy policy costs

British Gas-owner Centrica has laid out policies it thinks the UK Government and Ofgem should adopt to reform Great Britain’s energy market.

The big six energy company said it would also take action itself, including ending its standard variable tariff (SVT).

Iain Conn, Group Chief Executive at Centrica, said: “We have long advocated that the end of the SVT is the best way to encourage customers to shop around for the best energy deal.

“But we also need a fairer way to pay for the changing...

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28/11/2017 - Sector Round-Up

Offshore windfarm officially opened

Norwegian energy company Statoil said it cut the cost of building the Dudgeon wind farm off the coast of Great Yarmouth from its original prediction of £1.5 billion to £1.25bn.

The 67-turbine 402MW wind farm is now fully operational, supplying enough power to the grid for 410,000 homes.

Statoil’s partners in the project are Masdar and Statkraft.

> See Statoil's statement

 

Battery storage firm gets £50m investment

New York-based Tiger Infrastructure ...

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UK now in world’s top 10 for clean energy

The UK has the seventh cleanest electricity generation in the world, according to a new league table.

The latest Electric Insights report revealed that the UK moved 13 places up the rankings to reach seventh spot.

Britain’s rise up the league table was the largest, while the Netherlands posted the biggest fall, dropping eight places.

The UK now only lags behind Norway, Sweden, France, Canada, Brazil and Venezuela, according to the report compiled by Imperial College London and power station...

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