The UK must accelerate the decarbonisation of its electricity grid if it’s to hit its legally-binding climate change targets, according to a new study.
The latest Electric Insights report from Imperial College London and power station operator Drax warned that grid carbon intensity is forecast to fall by just 5% each year.
Intensity needs to fall by at least 6% each year if the UK is to meet its commitment to reach 100g/kWh by 2030.
Last year’s average grid carbon intensity stood at 217g/kWh, do...
The UK’s continuing shift to renewables and falling demand for energy across homes and industry have seen cuts in carbon emissions of nearly two-fifths since 1990, faster than any other major developed country according to new research.
The analysis by Carbon Brief found that emissions would have been twice what they are today if these underlying factors had not changed and emissions from the electricity sector would have been nearly four times higher.
The largest driver in the 38% fall in emi...
Balfour Beatty, J Murphy & Sons and Siemens have won contracts worth a total of £300 million to connect the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the grid.
National Grid, which awarded the contracts, said that Balfour Beatty will erect pylons, while J Murphy & Sons will lay underground cables between Nailsea and Portishead, and Siemens will build a substation at Sandford.
The “Hinkley Connection” will be 57km long, consisting of 48.5km of overhead lines and 8.5km of underground cabl...
Onshore wind and solar farms should be allowed to compete for subsidies in order to meet any shortfall from nuclear power in the wake of decisions to suspend plans for new stations, according to the renewables industry.
Trade body RenewableUK warned Hitachi’s suspension of plans to build nuclear power stations at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire “risks blowing a hole in the Government’s plans to meet our carbon targets."
Deputy Chief Executive Emma Pinchbeck said: “Gover...
Campaigners have called for renewable energy to fill the gap left by Toshiba’s decision to abandon its Moorside nuclear power plant project in Cumbria.
John Sauven, Executive Director at environmental charity Greenpeace, said: “The end of the Moorside plan represents a failure of the Government’s nuclear gamble.
“The Government now needs to rapidly deploy renewable energy to fill the gap.
“That means restarting onshore wind, a new deal for expanding solar power, and upping ambition on more of...