In this month’s Energy:2030, we focus on early-stage innovations and models that will aid in the transition to a net zero economy. In our Perspective, we look at the structure behind, and the emergence of, corporate power purchase agreements (CPPAs) in the UK and other markets.

On low-carbon supply technologies, the Conservatives pledged to enable new floating wind farms in the party’s 2019 General Election Manifesto. This follows interesting developments on the European continent regarding floating wind and solar projects.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy demonstrated several projects that explore the use of blockchain-based energy trading and virtual electricity storage. We feature summaries of other UK-based innovative demand-side and supply propositions in our regular update.

The decarbonisation of heat is of utmost of importance to reach net zero, and we look at Scottish Renewables research on potential heat network projects in Scotland’s seven cities.

Considering the role of hydrogen, the German government and industry made significant moves in November to stimulate its development. We also look at a report on how the US can expand and develop its existing hydrogen economy.

Also in the US, we look at the procurement of offshore wind in Massachusetts. We cover other auctions from Europe and the US in our regular auctions update.

In Australia, we look at a report on regulatory arrangements needed to allow for the use of standalone power systems.

In Singapore, several initiatives have been launched as part of a drive towards improved energy efficiency in households. Singapore’s Energy Market Authority and Ofgem also held their first dialogue towards stronger energy cooperation.

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