June 17th, 2016

What’s in store? An energy storage update

Image of a battery

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 question – is the forecast still relevant?

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July 3rd, 2015

Taking the wind out of electricity sales


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 onshore wind projects and strongly hinted that action would also be taken to curtail support for the technology under both the small-scale Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and the new Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme for larger scale projects. Meanwhile, the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, was busy announcing new planning considerations that will make it significantly harder for onshore wind projects to gain planning consent.

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March 31st, 2015

Phoenix or ostrich? UK solar PV and the Renewables Obligation

by Chloe Bines


Today sees the closure of the Renewable Obligation (RO) to solar PV developments greater than 5 MW, two years ahead of the closure of the scheme for all technologies. In the past, when the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has been reduced (or ‘degressed’) for solar PV, the industry has risen phoenix-like from the ashes, even when it was expected to take a severe knock. But will this latest blow put a stop to its expansion, or will it be back to business as usual as soon as the industry adapts?

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February 6th, 2015

Chasing the sun

by Chloe Bines


I recently attended a ‘build your own solar charger course’ run by Bristol charity Demand Energy Equality at which I constructed a portable 18W solar photovoltaic (PV) panel from second hand solar cells and a laptop case. Having spent a couple of nerve-wracking hours with a soldering iron, the feeling of satisfaction was immense when I finally put my panel out in the sun to charge my phone: success!

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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 a target for 13GW of installed onshore wind turbines by 2020, 18GW of offshore wind and as much as 20GW of solar PV.

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September 19th, 2014

Blowin’ in the wind: the role of wind in UK energy policy

by Chloe Bines


This summer has seen record generation from wind energy, with the UK’s wind turbines delivering more energy than our declining coal plants on several days and even managing to outstrip nuclear on 29th August.

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