August 12th, 2016

Turning up the heat on energy strategy

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by Adam Baddeley and Rob Reid   Although heating accounts for almost 50% of UK total energy consumption, it remains strangely absent from the renewable energy debate. Former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd brought it up last November, but only as a begrudging admission that slow progress was putting us way off track […]


June 17th, 2016

What’s in store? An energy storage update

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by Chloe Bines and Adam Baddeley   In January, Eunomia published the first UK forecast for battery storage, which estimated that deployment could reach over 1.6GW by 2020. It generated a good deal of interest, with a range of organisations keen to understand how the forecast was produced. Now, six months on, there’s a new […]


June 3rd, 2016

What now for large-scale biomass?

by Adam Baddeley The last decade has seen a dramatic rise in the UK’s use of biomass to generate energy – both electricity and heat. However, as concerns have grown that – under some scenarios – biomass does not deliver cost-effective reductions in carbon emissions compared with other renewable technologies (i.e. it has higher ‘marginal […]


August 7th, 2015

Crash and burn: what overcapacity means for UK EfW

by Chris Cullen and Adam Baddeley   Many people in the waste sector have spent their careers managing seemingly ever-increasing quantities of residual waste. Efforts over the last fifteen years have focused on diverting it away from landfill. For those grappling with this problem, it can be difficult to believe that we’re rapidly approaching a […]


July 3rd, 2015

Taking the wind out of electricity sales

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by Chloe Bines and Adam Baddeley   The new Conservative Government has wasted no time in implementing its manifesto pledge to end subsidies for onshore wind. Just six weeks into her tenure as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd announced that the Renewable Obligation (RO) would close a year early for […]


June 19th, 2015

Is the LGA right about EfW overcapacity?

by Adam Baddeley and Peter Jones   Eunomia has been publicly warning for four years now that the UK’s “dash for trash” will leave us – like Sweden, the Netherlands and some of our other Northern European neighbours – with more residual waste infrastructure than we really need. While it has been widely read, the […]


January 9th, 2015

Setting great store by renewable electricity

by Chloe Bines and Adam Baddeley   Under the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the UK is legally committed to delivering 15% of its energy demand from renewable energy sources by 2020. Achieving this ambitious target will require a substantial decarbonisation of the energy system and the UK Renewable Energy Roadmap published by DECC set […]