British fossil fuel reliance drops 30% in less than a decade

2019-01-23T15:35:23+00:00January 2019|

Britain has achieved something truly remarkable in the last decade – a 30% shift away from electricity generation using fossil fuels, according to Business Green. Just nine years ago, we generated 75% of our electricity using natural gas and coal. According to official figures, by 2018 this level dropped to just under 45%. How was [...]

Electricity generation from power stations drops to 25-year low

2019-01-15T09:36:50+00:00January 2019|

In the last quarter of a century, the UK has grown by eight million people and our reliance on technology has become an accepted norm. But, despite more people plugging in than ever before, electricity generation from power plants in 2018 was on a par with 1994. Carbon Brief, which analysed government and industry data, [...]

Solar PV powers renewables to production record in Q3 2018

2019-01-10T12:00:51+00:00January 2019|

A sun-filled late summer helped the UK’s renewable energy sector set a new record in the third quarter of 2018, generating nearly one-third of national power. The Renewable Energy Association said the 33.1% figure – the equivalent to around 25TWh – for the period was “fantastic news for the industry”. But it was quick to [...]

Sustainability is more important today than it was five years ago, say 81% of companies

2018-12-19T13:27:16+00:00December 2018|

The Christmas advert which captured the public’s imagination the most this year barely made mention of the brand behind it. It didn’t even manage to make it onto TV. Iceland’s banned ‘No Palm Oil' story notched up millions of views on YouTube, proving that consumers like it when brand’s go beyond profit and look to [...]

No-deal Brexit could cost electricity consumers £270m

2018-12-12T13:28:49+00:00December 2018|

A 'no deal' exit from the European Union could increase electricity generation costs by £270m a year, according to the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). While the UK remains part of the EU's single electricity market, it benefits from being able to trade electricity across borders with neighbouring countries -- automatically trading electricity from lower [...]

UK rollout of rapid EV chargers gathers pace

2018-12-11T11:33:34+00:00December 2018|

Recent announcements from supermarket giant Tesco and pub group Marston’s will see the installation of almost 3,000 new charging points across the country. Tesco has teamed up with Volkswagen to roll out more than 2,400 EV charging bays at 600 Tesco stores within the next three years – set to become the largest retail EV [...]

Arsenal installs energy storage system with capacity to last an entire match

2018-11-29T10:42:43+00:00November 2018|

Arsenal Football Club has installed a large-scale battery energy storage that is big enough to power its 60,000-seat stadium for an entire match. The football club is the first in the UK to get on board with battery energy storage in a big way, as it attempts to cut electricity costs and support green energy, [...]

UK businesses warned about 100% electricity price hike

2018-11-26T08:51:29+00:00November 2018|

The prospect of electricity prices doubling in the UK became very real after the government suspended the system for ensuring there is a back-up power supply. Experts warned that the wholesale power price could reach £121 per megawatt hour (MWh) by next winter unless the government finds a way to re-establish the so-called capacity market, [...]

A third of UK businesses turn to renewable energy to cut costs

2018-11-15T08:21:36+00:00November 2018|

More than a third of UK businesses are now generating their own power as they attempt to cut spiralling energy costs, a new report reveals. Solar power is the most popular way of generating electricity, with six in ten of the businesses who are moving towards becoming self-reliant having installed a photovoltaic system. Wind power [...]

UK’s renewable energy capacity overtakes fossil fuels

2018-11-13T09:44:39+00:00November 2018|

The UK took another step closer to realising its objective to close its coal-fired power plants by 2025, as the nation’s renewable electricity capacity overtook that of fossil fuel generators for the first time. Research by academics at Imperial College, on behalf of electrical power company Drax, showed that British renewable energy capacity has increased [...]