Northumbrian Water to pilot battery storage system

Water utility company Northumbrian Water has joined a partnership with battery storage developer Argonaut Power to launch a battery pilot at one of its sites. Announced by Ingenious, the parent company of Argonaut Power, the battery storage developer will install the second-life batteries – recovered from Renault electric vehicles –…

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All GB DNOs commit to flexibility

The six distribution network operators (DNOs) in GB have committed to developing flexibility systems. In the announcement by Energy Network Association (ENA) on Thursday 13 December, the DNOs committed to: opening up significant new electricity network infrastructure requirements to include smart flexibility; openly testing the market to compare flexibility solutions…

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Cost of large-scale UK solar far lower than predicted: STA

New analysis by the Solar Trade Association (STA) has found that the Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) from large-scale UK solar has declined at a much faster rate than predicted. In 2014 the trade association published an assessment which anticipated costs of around £80/MWh in 2019, but updated figures for…

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1.5C compatible zero carbon plan for London published

On Wednesday 12 December the Greater London Authority published a zero carbon action plan for London to help the city reach its decarbonisation targets. The 1.5C Compatible Plan follows on from Mayor Sadiq Khan’s London Environment Strategy published in May, which set a target for London to be a net…

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Crown Estate Scotland generates £9mn in revenue

The organisation that manages Scotland’s seabed leasing for offshore wind has announced that it generated £9mn of revenue in its first year of operation, £3mn over target. Crown Estate Scotland published its annual report and accounts on Tuesday 11 December, reporting that it generated £1mn in revenue from offshore wind…

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Global investors warn of financial crash unless climate change tackled

A group of 415 global investors with assets totalling $32trn (£25trn) have signed a statement warning UN delegates that climate change could result in a financial crash several times worse than in 2008. Investors, including some of the world’s biggest pension funds, insurers and asset managers, signed the Global Investor…

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Scottish renewables break 100% demand threshold

Statistics from WWF Scotland have revealed that Scottish wind output in November broke through the 100% threshold for the first time, with 109% of total Scottish electricity demand being met from renewables. Released on Sunday 9 December, the figures show that on 20 out of 30 days wind production outstripped…

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innogy IME invest £500,000 in Verv smart home project

Smart home energy hub developer Verv has received a £500,000 investment from innogy International Middle East (IME) to develop a three-phase hub to enable compatibility with a wider range of buildings. In a Thursday 6 December press release, Verv said that its hub identifies individual home appliances and incorporates blockchain…

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OGA awards first CCS licence

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded its first carbon capture and storage (CCS) licence. It made the announcement on Thursday 6 December, awarding it to Pale Blue Dot’s Acorn CCS project at St Fergus, which seeks to re-use existing oil and gas infrastructure to transport and store carbon.…

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London seeks 1GW flexibility

A new London Greater Authority-backed flexibility project has announced that it is seeking flexibility partners to provide as much as 1GW of flexibility in London by 2050. As reported in The Energyst on Thursday 6 December, the Flex London project is part of the Mayor of London’s £34mn Energy for…

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