Major changes in the way the UK produces, manages and uses energy are inevitable in the years ahead, according to a report into the future of the sector.
The study by consultancy Arup and endorsed by Energy UK said a flexible approach to regulation, system design and operation will be essential for the Government to achieve its three objectives of decarbonisation, security and affordability.
The study predicts that many more businesses and individuals across the UK will be generating their own...
Research from Imperial College London has concluded that suspending weights in disused mine shafts could be a cheaper way of storing energy for frequency response than using batteries.
Projects on the drawing board propose connecting weights of up to 2,000 tonnes to winches.
When there is a surplus of energy in the grid – on windy or sunny days – then the winches will pull the weights to the top of the shafts.
When the power is needed, the weights can then be released quickly to generate a bu...
Wind power projects in Europe attracted €51.2 billion (£44.3bn) of investment last year, up 9% on the previous 12 months, according to trade body Wind Europe’s latest report.
Some 200 projects reached the stage of their final investment decision during 2017, with the UK and Germany accounting for more than half of the total.
Together, the projects would add a further 11.5GW to Europe’s wind power capacity.
The cost of investing in wind continued to fall, with the amount spent on infrastructur...
Major power stations may have to reduce their output during the summer after National Grid predicted lower demand for electricity.
The system operator expects an increase in generation from small-scale renewables connected to the distribution network will result in less power being needed from gas and coal-fired plants.
National Grid has forecast peak transmission system demand of 33.7GW, down from 34.3GW last year. Minimum summer demand is expected to sit at 17GW, 600MW lower than in 2017.
A record 98GW of solar capacity was installed globally during 2017, eclipsing the 70GW of fossil fuel capacity that was added, a new report has found.
China accounted for 53GW of solar’s total.
Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, which compiled the report alongside the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), said: “We are at a turning point ... from fossil fuels to the renewable world.
“The markets are there and renewables can take on coal, they c...