March 29th, 2018

Networking opportunity: cutting carbon emissions with heat networks

by Molly Hickman

 

Through the Climate Change Act, the UK is committed to reducing its carbon emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. Central to meeting this important goal is the decarbonisation of heat: according to government data, in 2009 heating-related emissions accounted for 38% of the UK’s carbon footprint.

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January 12th, 2018

Too much wind power?

by Duncan Oswald

 

Before being welcomed into the magical world of Eunomia, I spent many happy years designing and installing wind turbine and on-site energy management systems in some of the most remote, beautiful (and hostile) environments in the UK.

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August 25th, 2017

What next for the electricity grid?

by Katharine Blacklaws

 

What does the UK need if it is to meet its Carbon Budget commitment to reducing carbon emissions? Perhaps the first thing you might think of is reducing the amount of energy we use, by improving the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses. Or you might think of the need for more generation capacity for renewable energy, perhaps wind farms or solar panels. But a critical and often under-appreciated constraint is the vital infrastructure that underpins the whole system: our electricity network.

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August 4th, 2017

Myth takes: renewables consume more energy than they produce

by Peter Jones

 

I had a kitchen contractor over to quote for some work in my house. As he ran a company that specialised in using reclaimed wood, the conversation turned to green issues – and let’s just say he wasn’t averse to sharing his opinions. “Those wind turbines,” he grumbled, “they’re an eyesore and they’re not even carbon neutral.”

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May 19th, 2017

Improving consumer engagement with the energy market

by Molly Hickman

 

The Conservative manifesto for the 2017 general election includes an energy price cap for the single variable tariff. While the aim is to “protect energy customers from unacceptable rises” there are worries that such a policy would lead to reduced competition and pricing issues in the long run. The rationale for the proposed price cap may be questionable, but it has at least brought the topic of energy back into the news; a lack of consumer engagement is a significant and ongoing issue within the sector, affecting the bills people pay and the amount of energy they use.

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March 3rd, 2017

Can renewable energy survive a subsidy-free future?

by Laura Williams

 

The sun is setting on the Renewables Obligation (RO). The subsidy scheme, which has carried the renewable energy industry through its formative years, is due to close on the 31st March 2017. As discussed previously on Isonomia, much of the progress made against renewables targets – 23% of the UK’s electricity demand is currently met by renewables – has been the result of the scheme. So now, many are asking how the industry is going to successfully transition into the unknown territory of an almost subsidy-free environment.

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December 9th, 2016

What will it take to integrate renewables into the power grid? Ask a cyclist

by Gernot Wagner

 

There’s nothing quite like biking down clogged city streets, weaving in and out of traffic. For short distances, it’s faster than driving. It’s liberating. It’s fun.

It also makes it painfully clear that most roads aren’t made for bikes. Make one mistake, and you might end up dead. If you do everything right and the 4,000-pounder next to you makes a mistake, you still might end up dead. Few regular urban cyclists remain entirely unharmed throughout the years: A broken bone (“cut off by a van”), a scraped shin (“car door”), or perhaps simply drenched on an otherwise dry road (“I avoided the mud puddle; the car didn’t”).

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