Energy Network Balancing

Energy Network Balancing

Last Monday saw wholesale energy prices dip to negative levels for more than six hours meaning suppliers where having to pay to produce energy, forcing National Grid to order power plants to turn down production. This event was off the back of unseasonably warm and bright conditions meaning more of the public where outside enjoying …

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What is Pump Storage Hydro?

What is Pump Storage Hydro?

The wind doesn’t always blow, the sun doesn’t always shine. It can’t be relied on to match consumer demand for electricity, meaning other sources of generation are need to be ready as back up i.e. gas, coal or nuclear. Currently renewable generation is switched off when not required (curtailment). This means that potential renewable energy …

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Energy Storage Gap in New Offshore Wind Plans

Energy Storage Gap in New Offshore Wind Plans

On Wednesday the UK Government announced a Sector deal with the offshore wind industry that would see 30% of UK power coming from offshore wind by 2030, increasing capacity from 7.9GW currently to 30 GW. The remaining 70% is planned to come from nuclear and Gas plants with carbon capture but with 5 of the …

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Scotland Tackles Climate Change

Scotland Tackles Climate Change

As the climate summit COP24 (Conference of Parties) in Katowice, Poland this week stark warnings emerged with senior figures stating that the “world is at a crossroads” and that climate change was now a “matter of life and death.” Sir David Attenborough speaking at the summit opening said “The world’s people have spoken – time …

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Scotland’s Energy Security

Scotland’s Energy Security

A new report from the Institution of Engineers in Scotland (IESIS) has claimed that a massive gap in the electricity system caused by the closure of coal-fired power stations and growth of unpredictable renewable generation has created the real prospect of complete power failure which could lead to sustained black-outs and power outages. They go …

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Rural Scotland supports new onshore wind developments

Rural Scotland supports new onshore wind developments

In the wake of the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report last week the focus on what can be done to remedy  the situation has intensified. Carbon emissions must be reduced – and even reversed – on both macro and micro levels with everybody contributing, from governments to corporations to individuals. The …

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

Major tremors rippled throughout the worlds of science and the environment this week with the publication of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on global warming and its effects. The report which had initially set the target of keeping global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius now claims that we are completely off track instead …

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Pump Storage Hydro at the Hoover Dam

Pump Storage Hydro at the Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam, one of the most iconic structures in the USA, could be converted into a pumped storage hydro project according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The project which would cost upwards of $3 billion would install a pumping station approximately 20 miles downstream from the existing dam and …

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The Balancing Mechanism

The Balancing Mechanism

The Balancing Mechanism (BM) is one of the tools used by National Grid to balance electricity supply and demand close to real time. Electricity cannot currently be stored at scale and must be manufactured at the time of demand and so it is becoming increasingly important for the success of the transition to more flexible, …

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UK Offshore Generation Capacity Set To Double

UK Offshore Generation Capacity Set To Double

A new Government initiative launched last week is set to double the UK’s offshore capacity over the next ten years. If this does come to pass, then between 20% and 30% of the UK’s electricity will come from offshore wind generation. This is partly due to vastly reduced development costs making offshore wind an increasingly …

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