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Ofgem’s plans for a low-carbon, flexible and smart grid

Last week, Ofgem published Upgrading Our Energy System – Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan. The plan forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and Clean Growth Plan as well as Ofgem’s future work. It is apparent that Ofgem recognises that the UK is moving towards a renewables-dependent and decentralised grid network or smart grid; ‘our...

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British Gas electricity prices and pass through charges – what we can do

Splashed across the headlines is the news today that British Gas will increase electricity prices by 12.5% from the 15th September, which consumer experts fear could instigate a new spate of price rises from rival suppliers this coming winter. The gas prices remain unchanged, meaning the average dual fuel bill will rise by 7.3% –...

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Uptake of electric vehicles in the UK increases 28 fold in four years but experts warn of potential hurdles

The UK has made significant improvements in reducing emissions from the power sector thanks to increased renewable electricity generation but still lags behind the rest of Europe when it comes to emissions from heat and transportation. A recent poll from the Energy Institute found that energy professionals are sceptical, on the basis of current policies,...

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BNEF Energy Outlook estimates wind and solar to provide a third of global electricity by 2040

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has released a New Energy Outlook report for 2017, in which it says ‘solar and wind dominate the future of electricity’. The key findings of the report include an estimate that 72% of the $10.2 trillion spent on new power generation worldwide will be invested in new wind and solar PV...

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Solar update – latest headlines from this ‘unstoppable’ technology

Solar update – technology is an ‘unstoppable’ force, according to the latest headlines. Perhaps the most eye-catching was a report published in the Financial Times called ‘The Big Green Bang: how renewable energy became unstoppable’. The report delves into a range of areas surrounding renewable energy and the global markets, including the rise in electric vehicles...

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Citipark announces discounted parking rates for low emissions vehicles

Citipark further supports green energy solutions through a varied charging rate that favours low emissions vehicles. Image credit: tcs-plc   Leading by example Citipark has long been an advocate of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. In 2011, GMI Energy installed an unusual solar array on the flat roof of the Citipark (formerly Town Centre...

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£246m of energy funding for transition to low carbon economy

Further to energy funding announcements made earlier this year, Business Secretary Greg Clark has now released the Industrial Strategy, which commits over £1 billion of funding over the next four years.   The funding focuses on six key areas covering everything from healthcare and medicine to robotics, artificial intelligence, satellites, space technology and ‘materials of...

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Milestone day for UK energy supply with coal free production

Another milestone for UK energy supply. National Grid report a coal free 24 hours but how does this relate to wider energy trends?   Less than a month after National Grid reported that Transmission system demand for the afternoon dipped below the overnight demand for the first time ever thanks to solar generation, the UK...

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BEIS release energy statistics for 2016 and there are a few surprises

The Department for Business Energy and Industry Strategy (BEIS) released their annual energy report today with updated energy statistics from Q4 and the whole of 2016. The results are mixed with some good news, as coal production falls by 51% to an all time low and renewables still represent over 45% of electricity generation.   Household...

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National Grid reports new landmark figure for UK solar generation

Saturday 25th March marked a historic day for solar energy in the UK, as National Grid reported that Transmission system demand for the afternoon dipped below the overnight demand for the first time ever thanks to solar generation.   Overnight transmission system demand has historically always been lower than afternoon demand. On Saturday, however, the...

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