Battersea power station site sees new heat and power development

Energy management solutions company Vital Energi has announced that Battersea power station in London is to begin supplying power again 35 years after being taken out of service. Announced on Friday 4 January, the power station is to supply power for the Energy Centre project which has now been handed…

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PHEV registrations hit record level but growth is behind EU average

New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Monday 7 January have revealed that Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) registrations increased by 24.9% in 2018 compared with 2017. However, the SMMT said that figures showed that growth of this type of vehicle is slowing following…

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Europe’s solar capacity set to increase 42% in 2019

Solar capacity in Europe is predicted to increase by 42.1% in 2019, from 9.5GW to 13.5GW, according to solar PV supply chain research company PV Info Link. The company said on 30 November that the fall in China’s share of installed solar capacity following its decision to reduce solar subsidies…

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Premier Inn trials battery storage

A Premier Inn in Edinburgh is reportedly the first battery-powered hotel in the UK following the installation of a 100kW lithium-ion battery by E.ON. Premier Inn’s parent company Whitbread said that the installation will reduce the hotel’s energy bills by charging with off-peak power to be used during peak times.…

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CCC to advise government on third assessment of climate change risks

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has announced that the government has asked it to prepare an independent Evidence Report to support the UK’s third assessment of the risks and opportunities arising from climate change. The CCC made the announcement on Friday 21 December, saying that the Evidence Report is…

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UK electricity generation hits a 25-year low

Analysis from Carbon Brief has revealed that in 2018 UK electricity generation fell to its lowest level since 1994, to 335TWh. Published on Thursday 3 January, the report said that the reasons for this fall in electricity generation and demand while the economy has expanded are “not fully understood”, but…

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Local Energy Matters | December 2018

In this issue of Local Energy Matters: East of England energy news Energy tariff headlines East of England energy tariffs ICL: Consumers need more information to engage with flexibility UKRI to fund smart local energy system projects UKPN major EV project set for 2019 Read the full edition .

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Shell considers re-entering Britain’s offshore wind sector

Royal Dutch Shell has said it is interested in bidding for seabed leases due to be awarded this year by the Crown Estate that would enable the company to develop offshore windfarms in Britain. Reported by The Times on Wednesday 2 January, it would mean the oil firm re-entering the…

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Drax completes deal for Iberdrola generation assets

On Tuesday 1 January it was announced by Drax that it had completed the purchase of Iberdrola’s portfolio of flexible, low-carbon and renewable assets across England and Scotland for £702mn, subject to customary adjustments. First announced in October 2018, the acquisition adds 2.6GW to Drax’s portfolio and increases the company’s…

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Ørsted’s first standalone battery storage project now complete

Ørsted confirmed on Monday 24 December that its first standalone battery energy storage system in the UK at its Carnegie Road site is operational. The 20MW system was supplied by NEC, with the system providing balancing services to National Grid. Bridgit Hartland-Johnson, part of Ørsted’s newly formed Onshore business unit…

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