SSE announces partnership to develop smart city platform

SSE Enterprise has announced a new partnership with digital products company Tigerspike to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop its smart city platform. Announced on Monday 14 January, the platform is intended to allow local authorities access to better information to improve air quality, urban parking management, electric vehicle…

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BEIS Committee calls for 2032 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee published on Friday 11 January the government’s response to the committee’s Electric Vehicles: Driving the Transition report and criticised the government’s electric vehicle (EV) policy for having a “lack of ambition”. The Committee had proposed moving the 2040 end of conventional car…

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Shell New Energies in partnership to develop Norfolk utility-scale battery project

Shell’s New Energies division is to partner with renewable energy company Anesco for a utility-scale battery project at the Bacton gas terminal site in Norfolk. Announced on Thursday 10 January, Anesco is to provide the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the system. Anesco Executive Chairman Steve Shine said:…

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Reports predict lithium-ion batteries to be cheapest form of storage by 2050

New research by Imperial College London has calculated that lithium-ion batteries will be the cheapest way to store electricity by 2050. Published on Wednesday 9 January, the report calculated the cost of storing energy with different technologies, including batteries and pumped-storage hydroelectricity, and then projecting this cost into the future.…

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Volkswagen reveals plans to become power supplier

Volkswagen Group has announced that it is to establish an electricity supply company to provide “energy offerings and charging solutions”. In the Tuesday 8 January press release, Volkswagen said that the company, called Elli Group GmbH, is to develop energy and charging products and services for Volkswagen, utilising renewable energy…

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UK-EU interconnectors seen as increasingly important for climate policy

New analysis by climate change think tank E3G has reported that the electricity interconnectors linking the UK and the EU are becoming increasingly important in ensuring that the UK takes the “least-cost pathway to decarbonisation”. E3G said on Monday 7 January that the government should prioritise the development of interconnectors…

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Vattenfall partners with Canterbury City Council to build EV chargers

Vattenfall has won a contract to install 12 electric vehicle (EV) chargers for Canterbury City Council. Announced on Monday 7 January, the council said that Vattenfall, working with BMM Energy Solutions, will install its InCharge technology in a number of city centre car parks in Canterbury. The chargers have been…

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BEIS proposes route to market for small-scale renewables

The government has announced a proposed replacement scheme for the export tariff under the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme, called the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). Announced on Tuesday 8 January, the SEG is planned to guarantee new small-scale renewable electricity providers payment from suppliers for electricity exported to the grid. The…

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