Advances in technology will do more in the next five years to improve the economic case for renewable energy than policy or regulatory changes, according to a new report.
Lloyds Register surveyed 800 experts from around the world, with 71% identifying advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response management (DRM) systems, networked sensors and accuracy of asset monitoring data as key developments.
Respondents expect grid parity for solar to be achieved first in China in 2022, followe...
Investors received “more capacity for less cash” during 2017 as the cost of installing wind turbines fell.
Figures from trade body WindEurope revealed that investment in wind energy fell by 16% in 2017 to €22.3 billion (£19.7bn).
A total of €14.8bn was invested in onshore wind and a further €7.5bn in offshore projects.
Europe added a record 15.7GW of capacity to take its total to 169GW, with 12.5GW onshore and 3.1GW offshore.
But Giles Dickson, Chief Executive at WindEurop...
Large-scale grid blackouts, damage to infrastructure and loss of commercial data are just some of the threats to renewable energy projects highlighted by a new cyber-security report.
The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) and cyber-security specialist Cylance highlighted the threat from ransomware, file-less attacks and Trojans.
The report outlined steps that need to be taken, including physical security, hardware and software, internet connectivity, remote management, and training personnel.
A fall in the amount of coal burned to generate electricity contributed to a 6% reduction in the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions during 2016, according to the latest official statistics.
The power supply sector reported a 17% fall in total greenhouse gas emissions – larger than any other group of emitters – with a rise in output from gas-fired power stations and renewable energy projects.
But the transport sector posted another 2% rise in emissions, on top of 2015’s 2% increase.
Transport now a...
Electricity prices for industrial users can be brought down if the UK Government removes barriers for mature renewables, according to a new report.
A paper compiled by University College London for the Aldersgate Group outlined six key policy recommendations:
● removing barriers to investment in mature renewable energy projects, given that technologies like onshore wind no longer need subsidy and resuming the carbon price escalator;
● encouraging greater co-ordination between investments in n...