A report by Carbon Brief found that electricity generated by renewable sources overtook fossil fuels in Q3 2019, the first time since the Industrial Revolution. Increased wind capacity was largely to thank for the increase.
An increase in "sustainably sourced" bioenergy can plug the looming nuclear generation gap and meet two-thirds of the projected shortfall of the fifth carbon budget, according to a new report by the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
For the second consecutive day, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has issued an urgent call for more generation, as systems margins tightened. Last night it issued an electricity margin notice for a 466MW shortfall this evening. It followed a warning of a potential 740MW shortfall yesterday, which was eventually withdrawn.
A group of twelve companies and organisations have submitted a bid for government funding to help create a zero-carbon industrial hub in the Humber region by 2040. The Zero Carbon Humber partnership said the project could reduce the UK’s total annual carbon emissions by 15 per cent, save businesses around £27.5 billion in carbon taxes over the next two decades, safeguard 55,000 existing jobs and create thousands more.
A ban on the sale of internal combustion engine cars and gas boilers should be brought forward to as soon as 2030, the pioneering citizens assembly set up to help chart the UK’s route to net-zero emissions has recommended. The first report from the 110-strong Climate Assembly UK also expressed strong support for on and offshore wind generation and solar but was considerably cooler on nuclear and fossil fuels with CCS
Workers at the Drax power station in North Yorkshire have been voting this week in a ballot for strike action over 230 proposed redundancies, the Unite Union has revealed. Unite has accused Drax of backtracking on a verbal pledge made last year that there would be no compulsory redundancies among the 600-strong workforce, a claim Drax denies.
The UK could secure two thirds of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030 at no extra cost to meeting half of total demand. This is according to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), which cites the plunging cost of solar and wind power in recent years as a spur to go “further, faster without hitting consumers in the pocket”.
Renewables’ share of the electricity generation rose by 4 percentage points during 2019 to reach a new record of 37.1 per cent, according to the latest edition of the annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics. Wind alone accounted for a fifth of all generation – 10 per cent each from onshore and offshore – another new record.
Simec Atlantis Energy (SAE) has revealed it is exploring options to build data centres within the Uskmouth power station development site in Newport. The company has also announced that due to disruption caused by Covid, the Uskmouth project will now be developed in two phases.
Drax has announced plans to hold a second trial of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage under a partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). A new pilot facility will be installed at its Yorkshire power station and used to test whether two of MHI’s proprietary solvents are suitable to extract carbon dioxide from the biomass flue gases.
Biomass fuel supplier Stobart Energy has announced it has appointed a new chief executive amidst a series of changes to its board. Elsewhere in the sector, South Staffs Water and Cambridge Water has appointed a former Pennon executive director has its new managing director.