In 2019, just 1TWh of low-carbon electricity (wind, solar, nuclear, hydro, biomass) was added in the UK. That’s after a decade of adding an average of 9TWh/year. Why? The UK needs to know, given an extra 15TWh/year is required until 2030 to meet emissions goals on top of the planned electrification of transport and heating. Carbon Brief’s Simon Evans runs through their thorough analysis. Wind power alone rose by 8TWh in 2019, but was offset by unexpected problems at nuclear plants causing outages of 9TWh. Even when fixed, the UK’s nuclear decommissioning strategy for the 2020s means low-carbon additions need to rise much faster. It will no doubt be helped by offshore wind auction prices dropping below £40/MWh (=€47), similar to current wholesale electricity prices. Other trends will help too. 2019 saw a 3% drop in total electricity demand, with record lows of fossil fuel’s share of generation (43%. It was 75% in 2010). And the political language is right: last year the UK became a Transition leader by raising its ambition to being net-zero by 2050.
Energy Post 27th Jan 2020 read more »
The UK’s energy regulator Ofgem has published a new action plan that aims to support low-carbon technology and set the country on the path to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The announcement comes after the appointment of a new chief executive, and following criticism of the regulator for a lack of focus on the climate crisis. The nine-point action plan aims to reduce emissions by helping replace 10 million petrol or diesel cars with electric vehicles by 2030, making energy consumption more efficient, and expanding offshore wind generation four-fold while also protecting consumers from price rises.
Independent 3rd Feb 2020 read more »
Energy firms which overstate the green credentials of their tariffs could be targeted by the regulator, it has emerged. In its plan to support the Government’s net-zero carbon target, industry regulator Ofgem said it could take action against firms which mislead consumers by “greenwashing” their deals. Telegraph Money reported in August last year that households paying for energy deals marketed as “100pc renewable” could get as little as 3.7pc of their energy from renewable sources. The rest could be produced by burning fossil fuels, with the company buying a certificate, known as a “Rego”, which allows it to claim the tariff is green.
Telegraph 4th Feb 2020 read more »