Debunking energy myths: renewable electricity is not cheap

In the final post in my energy myths series, I will look at one of the biggest, and arguably most dangerous myths of all – the notion that electricity generated from renewable sources is cheap.   Myth #4: Renewable energy is cheap Electricity generated from the wind and sun is “free”, having near-zero marginal costs…

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E.On/RWE deal: re-shaping the energy industry

On 11 March, E.On announced it had reached agreement to acquire RWE’s 76.8% stake in Innogy SE through a share swap that would grant RWE a 16.67% share in E.On SE which would be issued by way of a 20% capital increase against a contribution in kind from existing authorised capital. E.On will also transfer…

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Why the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement is not a disaster

On Thursday Donald Trump caused outrage by withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement, something widely derided by politicians and the media globally as a retrograde step that literally risks the future health of our planet. Quieter voices, however, suggest that the decision is not the great disaster being lamented round the world,…

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Solar spurs growth in turn-up DSR

The need for the new Turn-Up DSR service was clearly shown on Saturday 25 March when daytime electricity demand fell below overnight demand for the first time, due to high levels of solar PV generation. According to government data, there is currently over 7.3 GW operational solar PV installed in GB, with a further 446…

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Solar + Storage: the other side of the story

In this second post on the viability of solar + storage (first post here) I examine the conclusions of the Aurora Energy report, which presents a rather more optimistic view of the prospects of the combined technologies, claiming that the cost of backing up solar generation and integrating it into the energy system was negligible,…

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Shining a light on solar + storage

Solar + storage, the combination of solar power and electricity storage, is seen by many as the Holy Grail of the energy markets and the key to a secure, low carbon future. However two recent reports provide conflicting views on whether this is a realistic prospect or simply another myth. In its analysis, the Adam Smith Institute…

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