Most competitive wind could exist without subsidy says report

A further 1GW of onshore wind capacity could be added to the UK’s network, according to a report by Baringa Partners.

Adding the turbines would come at no extra cost to the consumer above the long-term price of power if wind farms were able to compete in auctions for contracts, the study found.

The report predicted that such an auction would clear at £49.40 per MWh, meaning wind farms would receive small “top-up” payments above the wholesale price of power in the first years of their...

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Pressure group in emissions strategy warning

Environmental law firm ClientEarth has written to Business and Energy Minister Nick Hurd calling on the UK Government to publish its carbon dioxide emissions reduction plan.

Ministers had been due to release the plan late last year, but it has since been delayed.

The plan is required under the Climate Change Act to outline how the government will meet its greenhouse gas targets for the legally-binding fourth and fifth carbon budgets.

The firm also wants ministers to keep their promise of...

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Wind generation hits record high

Faster wind speeds during the opening months of the year have helped the amount of electricity generated from turbines to hit a record high.

Wind farms in Great Britain generated 11.3TWh of electricity during January, February and March, according to figures from Enappsys.

The figure was up 31% year-on-year and up 23% on the previous quarter, during which wind speeds had been slower.

The report also noted that the amount of electricity generated by solar panels had risen “considerably” in...

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Sector Round Up 18/04/17

Marine renewables on track for 50MW

Europe’s marine energy market is on track to hit 50MW of capacity, with just under 20MW installed and a further 30MW under construction, according to a report by professional network Ocean Energy Europe.

Jacopo Moccia, the body’s Policy Director, said: “Most notably, the tidal industry deployed its first pre-commercial farms at Paimpol-Brehat in France; and the MeyGen and Shetland Tidal Array projects in Scotland.

“Following a couple of rocky years, wave...

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Network peak demand forecast to fall this summer

National Grid expects demand for electricity to be lower this summer than last year, continuing the trend seen in recent years.

The grid operator predicts that 2017’s summer minimum demand will sit at 17.3GW, 500MW below the weather-adjusted figure for 2016. Peak transmission system demand for this summer is expected to hit 35.7GW.

National Grid forecasts that 38GW of generation capacity will be available during week commencing 31 July.

Demand Turn Up

Phil Sheppard, Director of System...

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UK leads G7 in both growth and carbon cuts says report

The UK has been the most successful G7 nation at both growing its economy and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions over the last 25 years, new research shows.

A report by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) found that since the signing of the United Nations Climate Convention at the Rio Earth Summit, Britons have become richer, on average, than citizens of any other G7 nation. At the same time, the country has reduced its average carbon footprint further than citizens of any other ...

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Green economy worth over £43bn to UK

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK’s low-carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) economy turned over £43 billion during 2015.

The ONS said the total was down from £44.2bn in 2014, but pointed out that the statistics were compiled through surveys, and so the margin of uncertainty in the data made year-on-year comparisons difficult.

Renewable energy accounted for £14.9bn of turnover in 2015, while energy efficiency made up £13.9bn.

England accounted for £34.9bn...

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Think tank flags dangers for energy sector in Brexit negotiations

The E3G think tank has analysed four possible scenarios covering the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU).

Its “Sovereign Transition”, “Hostile Nationalism” and “EU in Chaos” scenarios produce “very negative” outcomes on energy and climate issues for both the UK and the EU.

“Any restricted access to the Internal Energy Market (IEM) for the UK increases energy prices and creates access issues for EU member states such as Ireland,” E3G warned.

“There is significant investment uncertainty and ...

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Businesses increasingly interested in energy technology

A survey of more than 500 businesses by accountancy firm PwC has found that one third of industrial firms plans to invest more than £1 million in smart and distributed energy by 2022.

Around one fifth of commercial firms said they plan to make similar-sized investments.
Some 17% of industrial companies want to produce all their own power within the next five years and only rely on the grid as a back-up source.

More than half of the companies that want to invest in smart technology would pick...

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Nuclear industry urges transitional arrangements for UK

Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has called for transitional arrangements to be put in place in case the UK can’t negotiate its exit from the Euratom treaty within the current two-year timescale.
Without an agreement, the free movement of goods and skills could be put at risk, the body warned.
Jean-Pol Poncelet, Foratom’s Director General, said: “Being part of the Euratom community enables new build, decommissioning, research and development, and other programmes of work to continue...

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