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  • Storms and lockdown make renewables Britain’s main source of power

    New figures from EnAppSys show renewables became the country's principal source of power over the first three months of 2020 as a series of storms lifted wind generation to new highs before the coronavirus lockdown led to a drop off in demand. It marks the first time they have taken the top spot […]

  • Electricity networks agree standard flexibility contract

    The Energy Networks Association has released a draft version of a standard flexibility contract agreed upon by all six of the distribution network operators (DNOs) in Great Britain, along with the electricity system operator at National Grid. The industry body said the contract will “boost […]

  • Going Green at Easter: How To Celebrate Sustainably

    Here we share a few sustainable Easter ideas which will help you reuse your decorations year after year, and make even the brightest Easter baskets easily affordable. Read the full article: Going Green at Easter: How To Celebrate Sustainably […]

  • How to Color Easter Eggs with Natural Ingredients

    One of the best family activities to take part in during Easter is coloring eggs. This year, swap out the artificial dyes for natural ingredients. Learn about the best natural ingredients to use to color your Easter eggs and how to color easter eggs with natural ingredients. Read the full article: […]

  • Coronavirus and the climate question

    With COP26 postponed and the urgent need across policy, regulation and strategy to respond to coronavirus, where does that leave the decarbonisation agenda? David Blackman looks at the concerns of experts and predictions about the next steps. The post Coronavirus and the climate question appeared […]

  • New renewable energy capacity hit record levels in 2019

    Most new electricity globally was green and coronavirus bailouts must boost this further, says agencyAlmost three-quarters of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 uses renewable energy, representing an all-time record. New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) […]

  • The Carbon Brief Profile: South Korea

    As part of its series on how key emitters are responding to climate change, Carbon... The post The Carbon Brief Profile: South Korea appeared first on Carbon Brief. […]

  • The Environmental and Financial Benefits of Recycling Metal

    Despite the many benefits that recycling brings, less than a third of all metal is collected and reused. Raising awareness of the advantages of metal recycling helps to encourage households to save sources of non-ferrous metals such as aluminum cans, tin cookware and copper wiring that are commonly […]

  • Households to be paid for daytime green electricity use during lockdown

    Fall in energy use combined with bright, breezy weather leads to lowest electricity prices in 10 yearsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus latest – at a glanceThousands of British homes will be paid to use electricity during the day for the first time, […]

  • Big Oil is using the coronavirus pandemic to push through the Keystone XL pipeline | Bill McKibben

    The oil industry saw its opening and moved with breathtaking speed to take advantage of this momentI’m going to tell you the single worst story I’ve heard in these past few horrid months, a story that combines naked greed, political influence peddling, a willingness to endanger innocent […]

  • How local authorities can play a vital role in achieving net zero

    Local authorities should implement a joined-up approach to decarbonisation, focusing on a number of key areas, says Stephen Stead of SSE Enterprise The post How local authorities can play a vital role in achieving net zero appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • ICYMI: Utility Week’s round-up of the last seven days

    As part of our enhanced coverage during the coronavirus lockdown, we present a review of the key news stories this week. These include police stopping utilities staff from driving to work, whether there should be an industry-wide increase in emergency credit on PPMs and how AMP7 may be re-shaped by […]

  • Getting the most from 5G

    5G is a hot topic in telecoms, but what can it do for utilities that existing technology cannot? And how can utilities exploit the opportunity that 5G brings? Alan Nunn of CGI explains. The post Getting the most from 5G appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Sellafield donates protective equipment for health workers

    Sellafield has donated respirators and personal protective equipment (PPE) to help health and care workers on the frontline of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The initial donation by the Cumbrian nuclear decommissioning company includes 2500 disposable respirators, several hundred pairs […]

  • What is a solar tower and how does it work?

    Solar towers, a sun-powered renewable energy source, offer plenty of advantages. […]

  • Vegan Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad With Crispy Tortilla Strips Recipe

    There's nothing better than some crunchy tortilla chips served alongside fresh guacamole, except when they are turned into a delicious salad. This light and refreshing salad mimics the taste of your favorite Taco Tuesday treat but is hearty enough to eat as a meal. Read the full article: Vegan […]

  • COP26 postponed until 2021

    The COP26 UN climate change conference, which had been due to take place in Glasgow this November, has been postponed due to the coronavirus spread, the government has confirmed. While there are concerns this will impact on immediate steps to cut emissions, the decision has broadly been accepted as […]

  • How to Practice Social Distancing Without Feeling Isolated

    Getting outside regularly is crucial for our mental health and well-being, but it has never been as important as it is now. Here's how to social distance without feeling completely isolated Read the full article: How to Practice Social Distancing Without Feeling Isolated […]

  • Covid-19 must not make utilities lose sight of the future

    Despite the all-consuming challenges of the Covid-19 crisis, utilities cannot afford to lose sight of their future goals, says Utility Week magazine editor, Suzanne Heneghan The post Covid-19 must not make utilities lose sight of the future appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • What we can already learn from the Covid-19 crisis

    With the pandemic highlighting how events in one country can have huge effects globally, we need to be more aware of the consequences of our actions on the rest of the world and feed this into our smart climate change policy, according to EUA chief executive, Mike Foster The post What we can […]

  • What are Labour leadership candidates' green policies?

    Lisa Nandy, Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey answer 17 questions put by the GuardianRead the full story hereThese questions were put to the candidates before the coronavirus crisis1. Is the climate crisis the biggest issue the UK faces as a nation and will you commit to making it Labour’s […]

  • Will the coronavirus kill the oil industry and help save the climate?

    Analysts say the coronavirus and a savage price war means the oil and gas sector will never be the same againThe plunging demand for oil wrought by the coronavirus pandemic combined with a savage price war has left the fossil fuel industry broken and in survival mode, according to analysts. It […]

  • Government set to make decision on UK's largest coalmine

    Verdict expected after four years of protracted talks as production of the fossil fuel fell to record lows of 2.9m tonnes Ministers will decide this month whether to give the green light to plans for the UK’s largest coalmine after years of fierce opposition from environmentalists.A letter […]

  • Fiddler’s Ferry and Aberthaw plants shut as firms ditch coal

    Shutdown of SSE and RWE plants comes before UK ban on coal-fired power from 2025 The energy corporations SSE and RWE have shut the door on coal-fired power generation by closing the Fiddler’s Ferry power station in Warrington, Cheshire, and the Aberthaw coal plant in Wales after almost 50 […]