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 – 15th July
Tuesday – 16th July
- UK gas and electricity markets regulator ofgem, plus Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have written a joint letter to the Energy Networks Association laying out expectations for future development. According to the letter they suggest a flexible, smart system could save 17 to 40 billion pounds by 2050.
Wednesday – 17th July
- This article makes the case for biomass as a renewable energy supply including when it is and isn’t sustainable.
- UK Government All-Party Parliamentary Group is urging Government to double the proportion of ethanol from plant and other waste material in petrol from 5% to 10% in the next year. Article points out that this may increase import dependency for the bio-fuel.
Thursday – 18th July
- UK Government body for radioactive waste management is describing plans for nuclear waste including the search for a permanent subsurface disposal site known as the Geological Disposal Facility.
- China is building ‘ultra-low emission’ coal-powered electricity generation plants to provide a further 11 GW of electricity in the next 2 years (note: UK electricity demand for last week averaged about 25 GW).
- NE Scotland Press and Journal reports that Aberdeen will be the first city to have hydrogen-powered double-decker buses.
Friday – 19th July
- A UK energy supplier aims to attract customers by offering up to 1,200 miles per year of free electric vehicle power using off-peak power.
- US Liquid Natural Gas exports have gone from zero to a peak of almost 6 billion cubic feet of gas per day in 3 years (for context, UK uses average approximately 8 BCF per day).
Saturday – 20th July
- Six UK Government Select Committees including Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have announced plans to form a “Citizens’ Assembly” in order to contribute to the recently announced policy to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Assembly will take place over a number of weekends in the upcoming Autumn and Winter.