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 – 31st August
- This article describes a one-third drop in the greenhouse gas emissions of UK electricity generation during recent restrictions as lower demand led to a greater proportion of generation from renewable sources.
Wednesday – 2nd September
- A cross-industry team, working as part of the UK government backed Nuclear Sector Deal, has published a report into risk and cost reduction of future nuclear power developments.
Thursday – 3rd September
- The UK parliament’s House of Lords (“upper house”) has announced a cross-party debate on 17th September for development of a national hydrogen strategy. The debate will be cross-party and involve MPs and peers.
- The UK Government will review offshore licensing system for oil and gas, describing the large number of jobs the industry supports (270,000) and the large amount of tax the sector has provided to the Treasury in tax (£330 billion in today’s money). The Minister is quoted as saying ” ..the oil and gas sector will continue to be needed for the foreseeable future as we move toward net zero carbon emissions” and full details will be forthcoming in a White Paper (description of proposed future policy).
- A major UK construction site will be heated and powered by a “zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell” which fits into a shipping container according to this article, removing need for diesel generators.
Friday – 4th September
- A report by Cornwall Insight, suggests that, since July, there has been a gradual rise in energy demand back up towards 2019 levels. Various reasons are cited including cooling, air-conditioning and “because lighting and heating used in households are typically far less efficient than in businesses”.