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  • Responding to the blackout

    As more details emerge on the causes of last Friday’s power cut, the former head of engineering at National Grid argues the blackout should prompt a complete rethink of its strategy for dealing with outages and the growing volatility of the electricity system. The post Responding to the […]

  • Scott Morrison's betrayal of the Pacific was immoral – and completely unnecessary | Nicky Ison

    Australia’s regional and global influence will not grow unless we are fair dinkum about acting on climate changeAs the Pacific Islands Forum comes to an end, Australia has yet again been shamed on a global stage for our inaction on climate change. The forum was held in Tuvalu, one of the […]

  • Government's shift to relax shale gas fracking safeguards condemned

    Environment groups fear possibly ‘weakened’ earthquake risk rules after report on Cuadrilla drillingEnvironmental groups have voiced fears that the government is preparing to row back on fracking regulations after officials said they were considering reviewing earthquake safeguard […]

  • How Meat Agriculture Contributes to Global Warming

    Many people are aware that a meat-based diet contributes to global warming. When land is used to raise animals for meat rather than for the use of crops, then this area of land loses water, soil and potentially trees, which has a devastating impact on the natural environment. On a global scale, […]

  • CfD auction extended following challenge over onshore wind ‘discrimination’

    The bidding window the third Contracts for Difference auction has been extended to 29 August following a legal challenge from the Banks Group over the exclusion of onshore wind projects from the process. The post CfD auction extended following challenge over onshore wind […]

  • Overwhelming public support for onshore wind

    Onshore windfarms are set to play an essential part in reducing carbon emissions, so the barriers must be lifted to let this happen - argues environmental group. The post Overwhelming public support for onshore wind appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Welsh Water embarks on hydro-electric project with Dulas

    Plans approved for Dulas and Welsh Water to build hydro-electric project in Brecon Beacons The post Welsh Water embarks on hydro-electric project with Dulas appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Nuclear energy and alternatives old and new | Letters

    Let’s go for an expansive renewable energy system, backed up with energy efficiency and energy storage, says David Blackburn. Plus Mike Ellwood on the integral fast reactor, and John Barstow on the case for keeping coal as a backupYour article on Hinkley Point C outlines the rising costs, […]

  • Kiwi Power partners with council for domestic DSR trial

    Kiwi Power has partnered with the council in Greenwich for a domestic demand-side response trial that will allow local residents to earn rewards, either for themselves or for charity, by responding to alerts from a phone app. The post Kiwi Power partners with council for domestic DSR trial appeared […]

  • Fracking causing rise in methane emissions, study finds

    Researchers say boom in shale oil and gas major contributor to climate emergencyThe boom in the US shale gas and oil may have ignited a significant global spike in methane emissions blamed for accelerating the pace of the climate crisis, according to research.Scientists at Cornell University have […]

  • EDF nuclear reactor taken out of service for £30m maintenance work

    Work at the County Durham power station will include inspections inside the reactor. The post EDF nuclear reactor taken out of service for £30m maintenance work appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Leadsom sets out scope of power cut inquiry

    Energy secretary Andrea Leadsom has set out the scope and timetable of the investigation into last week’s power cut, saying it will not look into whether the Grid Code was breached. It will, however, consider the use of load shedding and the priority of who is disconnected. The post Leadsom […]

  • National Grid: Renewables not to blame for blackout

    National Grid Group chief executive John Pettigrew has insisted Friday’s power cut had nothing to do with renewable energy. He also admitted that there had been three occasions over the past three months where frequency had fallen to 49.5HZ- the lowest level at which the grid operates – […]

  • Hinkley Point C: rising costs and long delays at vast new power station

    The UK’s first nuclear plant to be built since 1995 is expected to cost more than £20bnRevealed: mental health crisis at Hinkley Point C construction siteThe Hinkley Point nuclear site, on the Somerset coast, should have begun powering around 6m homes well over a year ago.Instead, the […]

  • Revealed: mental health crisis at Hinkley Point C construction site

    Several workers on nuclear plant have killed themselves or attempted to, says unionNo more ‘man up’: push for better mental healthWhy do so many construction workers kill themselves?Hinkley Point nuclear power station, Britain’s biggest construction project since the second world […]

  • Is RAB the key to de-risking nuclear?

    Proposals for a new way to fund nuclear projects last month have provided some welcome positivity to a part of the market all too accustomed to criticism. David Blackman looks at how the use of the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model could impact nuclear’s role in the energy market. The post Is […]

  • Pettigrew: There is never a good time for a power cut

    National Grid Group chief executive John Pettigrew responds to criticism following Friday's power cut, which left hundreds of thousands of customers without electricity and commuters stranded during the evening rush hour.  The post Pettigrew: There is never a good time for a power cut appeared […]

  • Solar now ‘cheaper than grid electricity’ in every Chinese city, study finds

    Solar power has become cheaper than grid electricity across China, a development that could boost... The post Solar now ‘cheaper than grid electricity’ in every Chinese city, study finds appeared first on Carbon Brief. […]

  • City urged to attach 'climate risk' reports to pensions

    MPs want mandatory climate reporting within three years to avoid risk to investmentsBritain’s biggest companies, investors and pension funds must come clean to investors on the financial risks they face due to the climate crisis, MPs have said.The environmental audit committee (EAC) has […]

  • 'Coal is over': the miners rooting for the Green New Deal

    Appalachia’s main industry is dying and some workers are looking to a new economic promise after Trump’s proves emptySet in a wooded valley between the Tug Fork river and the Mate creek, Matewan, West Virginia, was the site of the 1920 Matewan massacre, a shootout between pro-union […]

  • Australia coal use is 'existential threat' to Pacific islands, says Fiji PM

    Frank Bainimarama appeals to larger neighbour to ‘more fully appreciate’ climate risks and reduce carbon emissionsThe prime minister of Fiji has warned Australia to reduce its coal emissions and do more to combat climate change as regional leaders prepare to gather in Tuvalu ahead of […]

  • Asda signs up its fridges to keep the UK warm this winter

    Supermarket’s freezers will help power 8,500 homes by matching defrost times to blackouts or surges in demandHundreds of Asda supermarket stores will help power the UK’s electricity system this winter by using their fridges as a virtual battery pack for the energy grid.Britain’s […]

  • The Observer view on Britain’s blackout | Observer editorial

    Last week’s widespread disruption illuminated the brittle nature of our infrastructureNearly a million people without power; parts of the rail network crippled; Newcastle airport plunged into darkness; a hospital temporarily without power. Friday’s power cut caused chaos across much of […]

  • Nuclear energy inquiry: is Angus Taylor's move logical or just for the backbench?

    Minister says the debate is different this time around, but critics say it’s best left to experts rather than ‘energy illiterate MPs’Political arguments about nuclear power in Australia are not new, but the energy minister, Angus Taylor, says this time is different.Announcing a […]