The UK will only need to build a small number of new gas power plants over the next two decades, as it continues to shift to low-carbon sources of electricity. This is according to new energy and emissions projections published by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which see renewables overtaking gas by 2020 to become the UK’s number one source of electricity generation. The projections include less than half as much new gas capacity by 2035 as expected last year and a quarter of the 2015 figure. In contrast, by 2035 BEIS now expects twice as much renewable capacity as it did in 2015 and twice as much battery storage as projected last year. However, the UK is still set to miss its legally binding carbon targets, BEIS projects, with emissions from transport and homes falling slowly or not at all. It says the gap to meeting targets will be closed as its plans and policies are fleshed out.
Carbon Brief 8th Jan 2018 read more »
UK downgrades forecasts for new gas power capacity amid renewables surge. The government has downgraded its forecasts for new gas power capacity coming online between now and 2035, and is predicting renewables and nuclear power will increase their dominance of the electricity mix, a new analysis has found. New BEIS energy and emissions forecasts that were analysed by the Carbon Brief website yesterday suggest the Department has cut its projections for the amount of new gas plants needed by 2035 by more than half since publishing its previous forecasts last year. It suggests a significant downgrading in the government’s appetite for new fossil fuel infrastructure, with low carbon sources of electricity expected to overtake gas as the UK’s single largest source of power as soon as 2020. Moreover, the forecasts show BEIS now expects twice as much renewable energy capacity to come online by 2035 as it did in 2015, as well as twice as much battery storage capacity as it projected just a year ago, the analysis suggests.
Business Green 9th Jan 2018 read more »