Future Energy Scenarios 2018: another look into the crystal ball

In July, National Grid published its 2018 Future Energy Scenarios, with the following headlines: Capacity could increase from 103 GW today to between 189 GW and 268 GW by 2050, with the more decarbonised scenarios requiring the highest capacities. Up to 65% of generation could be local by 2050. High levels of intermittent and inflexible…

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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…

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The digitisation of energy: another dimension to the energy transition

When people speak about the “energy transition” they mean de-carbonisation and its associated changes, however another fundamental change in the market is taking place at the same time: the digitisation of energy. Technology is enabling more and more devices to be networked, allowing people different ways of controlling and managing both their environments and their…

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Review of 2017 and the key themes for 2018

A year ago I set out my key themes for 2017, and as predictions go it was definitely a mixed bag! In this post I review the key themes of 2017 and look forward to the current year.   What didn’t really happen in 2017… # Creation of an Independent System Operator In January, Ofgem…

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Finding ways to exploit Iceland’s unique energy resources

Back in April, the press was full of the news that a new Icelandic energy project could revive the prospects of IceLink, the Iceland – UK interconnector project. This week has seen progress in another energy project which may also be of international interest.   Unique energy position Iceland is unique in its energy position…

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The Clean Growth Strategy: long on ambition, short on detail

Last week the Government published its long awaited Clean Growth Strategy, described by the Telegraph as the coming of age of the green agenda. Clean growth is defined in the document as growing the UK’s national income while cutting greenhouse gas emissions, which are expressed in terms of millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent….

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Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to manage the electricity grids of the future

Existing power grids were designed to transmit electricity over relatively short distances, however, increasingly grids are required to supply major cities from remote offshore wind farms at the same time as integrating local generation. With generators feeding variable amounts of energy from renewable sources into the grid at all voltage levels, it is more difficult…

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