UK Power Networks trials solar + storage virtual power plant in London

Distribution Network Operator UK Power Networks (“UKPN”), which covers over eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England, has announced a virtual power plant (“VPP”) to be developed in London, to relieve pressure on the capital’s electricity network. The facility will consist of solar panels and batteries located in…

Read More

Swansea Bay tidal scheme officially rejected by the Government

Yesterday came the long-awaited decision as to whether the UK Government would offer any support or subsidy to the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon scheme. There has been widespread criticism of the decision (see #SwanseaBay on twitter) with many people questioning why the Government is rejecting tidal power while at the same time backing nuclear through…

Read More

Developing local flexibility markets

In recent weeks, much has been made of the fact that coal has dropped out of the merit order for days at a time. While much of the commentary is around trying to prove that the system can run just fine without dirty thermal power (conveniently ignoring the reliance of the system on coal during…

Read More

De-carbonising everything: is CCU the answer?

I have bemoaned in previous posts the dependence of de-carbonisation goals on carbon capture and storage (“CCS”), a process that has yet to demonstrate commercial viability, other than in the context of enhanced oil recovery, which is hardly supportive of long-term emissions targets. I recently read a description of CCS that sums this up very…

Read More