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)
Wednesday – 1st July
- BBC article describes the recent surge in support for the future role of hydrogen in the UK energy mix on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.
- A proposal to expand surface coal-mining in north east England (Durham) has been rejected by the local council. Council representatives say benefits do not outweigh environmental impact. Mining company says decision hands local jobs to miners overseas as UK still needs coal for industry such as steel making.
- Article points to a government report of 2018 data for fuel poverty indicating 2.4 million English households are categorised as being in fuel poverty representing a reduction of 0.7% compared with the previous year.
Thursday – 2nd July
- Norwegian energy company Equinor (67% state-owned) has described plans to invest £600 million to generate hydrogen from natural gas and capture carbon dioxide for storage on Humberside in north east England.
- UK Government has approved plans to build 1.8 GW of offshore wind power generation. Norfolk Vanguard site will be 30 miles off the east coast of England and comprise between 90 and 180 turbines. Decision is part of the UK Government target of 40 GW of offshore wind power by 2030. A plan for a further 2.4 GW is under consideration.
Friday – 3rd July
- According to this article from Metro, UK Prime Minister’s member of staff, Dominic Cummings, has authorised £100 million investment in carbon capture technology using direct air capture.
- Article describes plans to ensure materials for future wind turbines are more sustainable by development of new recycling technologies and creating new composite materials from ‘bio-based materials’.