O2 finds 5G technology key to next generation of smart energy grids

O2 has said that 5G technology will help to unlock the next generation of smart energy grids in its report, The Value of 5G for Cities and Communities, published on Wednesday 14 March. Overall, the report said 5G can deliver productivity savings of £6bn/ year for UK cities while 5G-connected…

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Swindon battery project receives planning permission

Public Power Solutions (PPS), which is wholly owned by Swindon Borough Council, has received planning consent for a 50MW battery storage facility. In a statement on Wednesday 14 March, PPS said the project will be located at the former Mannington Depot and will be one of the largest standalone batteries…

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REA calls for Chancellor to “kick-start the renewables economy”

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has welcomed the sustainability-related measures in the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, but has called for the government to “go further and kick-start the renewables economy”. In a statement on Tuesday 13 March, the group recommended the Chancellor pursue this by introducing enhanced capital allowances for “future…

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OVO Energy finds low awareness of grid benefits of EVs

Research commissioned by OVO Energy has found almost half of GB consumers prioritise energy consumption (49%) when considering sustainable products and services, but less than a fifth (13%) are aware of the benefits vehicle-to-grid chargers could offer in cutting bills and supporting grid resilience. Released on Wednesday 14 March, the…

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Gore Street Capital to launch world’s first energy storage fund

Private-equity firm Gore Street Capital is reportedly aiming to raise £100mn from an initial public offering later this month. Bloomberg reported on Monday 12 March that the fund will be used to invest in large-scale batteries, making it the world’s first energy storage fund. Alex O’Cinneide, CEO of Gore Street…

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SMMT figures show decline in EV sales

The latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that 355 pure electric vehicles (EVs) were sold in February 2018, a decrease of more than a quarter (26.5%) on the same month in 2017. This takes total year-to-date sales of pure EVs to 990, which…

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Research sets out pathway to greater green infrastructure investment

The Aldersgate Group has called for the UK government to provide long-term visibility and transparency on policy direction in a bid to overcome barriers to green infrastructure investment. On Monday 12 March, it published the Towards the New Normal: Increasing Investment in the UK’s Green Infrastructure report, which noted that…

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Greater Manchester launches £15mn green fund

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is to launch a new £15mn loan programme in a bid to accelerate the roll out of emerging clean technologies. The programme, which is backed by funding from the European Regional Development Fund, aims to make it easier for property and infrastructure developers to incorporate…

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UK and Saudi Arabia commit to collaboration on clean energy

On Friday 9 March, BEIS announced that the UK and Saudi Arabia had signed a memorandum of understanding on clean energy. The agreement commits both countries to work closely to develop new technologies to reduce carbon emissions. Specifically, the two countries will share technical knowledge and expertise on clean energy,…

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