Below is this week’s summary. It should be a one minute read relevant to UK energy with links to documents for those who wish to read more.
(Click a bullet point to open the relevant article)
Monday – 22nd April
- The weather was a big factor but, good weather aside, during previous week, UK broke its own record for longest period without coal in power generation since coal was first used to generate electricity at scale in the 1800’s. Solar, gas, nuclear and imported electricity took approximately equal share of supply for almost 4 days.
- ExxonMobil has signed a deal with China to supply LNG. China natural gas demand continues to grow at pace using LNG and domestic shale gas to satisfy growing demand.
- US is set to continue growth as global supplier of natural gas: Two more LNG export plants have been approved by regulator.
Tuesday – 23rd April
- Two deliveries of Liquid Natural Gas will land in UK this week: one from Russia (with love?) and one from Qatar.
Thursday – 25th April
- One million UK homes are now being supplied with ‘green gas’: methane generated by farm or food waste. UK Government statement says it has invested GBP 656 million in Green Gas or Biogas.
- A cross-party select committee (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) in UK parliament is promoting the idea of introducing hydrogen into the gas grid. Tests are being conducted in parts of the UK network to assess how much can be put into the grid without requiring modifications to the system or appliances. This may be up to 20%.
- A cross-party select committee (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) in UK parliament has recommended that UK returns to investing in carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) in order to meet emissions targets.
Friday – 26th April
- Article describes the need to build low carbon power suggesting electricity is becoming favoured for transition of heat and transport (currently about 80% of UK energy and dominated by oil and gas). Author makes the case for growth of nuclear power. Quotes 63000 people currently employed in nuclear power in UK.
- A district heating network has begun in Glasgow area (Scotland) using biomass (wood). Over 400 properties (homes and businesses) will be supplied with heat.