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  1. £25m Guardbridge Project Heats Up With Arrival of 130 Tonne Biomass Boiler

    22 Jun 2016

    The £25 million Guardbridge Energy Project moved a step closer to completion recently when the Vital Energi project team took delivery of the 6.5MW biomass boiler furnace which made the 1,300 mile journey from manufacturers Jernforsen who are based across locations in Sweden. The furnace manufacturer was undertaken at Jernforsen’s own manufacturing facility in the remote town of Järnforsen.

  2. Factories Set to Take on U.K. Power Plants With Flexible Demand

    20 Jun 2016

    Having the flexibility to turn power use up and down may become a critical part of the U.K.’s electricity market, with factories and supermarkets set to replace big plants in the role of keeping the network balanced, according to Britain’s energy regulator. “There is real value in flexibility that is going to increase by an order of magnitude,” Andrew Wright, a partner for energy systems at the U.K. Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, said at the Power Responsive conference in London. “Flexibility will become more important than energy efficiency, it will be the most important.” Rachel Morison from Bloomberg writes.

  3. Utility leaders explore future of distributed energy

    20 Jun 2016

    More than half of utility leaders surveyed believe there will not be significant changes in how services are provided to customers within the decade. A similar proportion of the 366 respondents think a regulated environment is needed before large-scale adoption of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) can take place.

  4. National Grid needs overhaul, say energy committee MPs

    20 Jun 2016

    A powerful parliamentary group has called for the National Grid to be stripped of its powers for balancing the energy system in Britain due to a potential conflict of interest. The House of Commons energy and climate change committee is urging the government to transfer control for ensuring all methods are used to keep the lights on to a newly created independent system operator (ISO).

  5. Regulatory framework would aid district heating ambitions says ECCC

    17 Jun 2016

    The Association for Decentralised Energy today welcomed the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s call for a regulatory investment framework for heat networks echoing the ADE’s recently published proposals. The Committee’s report ‘Low Carbon Network Infrastructure’ recognises the benefit of levelling the playing field to make heat network infrastructure investment opportunities comparable to those for other networks such as electricity, gas and water.

  6. New IGEM event will unite big four gas networks for the first time to discuss decarbonisation of heat

    15 Jun 2016

    The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) has announced the first round of confirmed speakers at its Decarbonising Heat conference, a new event that will unite the ‘big four’ gas distribution networks to discuss how the UK can meet its carbon targets. Head of Policy Jonathan Graham is to speak.

  7. Scottish Renewables Solar Conference & Exhibition In association with SISER | Edinburgh

    15 Jun 2016

    Join Scottish Renewables for their first ever Solar Conference and hear from industry leaders and key stakeholders on the future of solar in Scotland.

  8. Brexit bad for UK energy system, says industry

    15 Jun 2016

    The UK energy system will be less secure and less green if Britain leaves the EU, according to industry professionals. An "overwhelming majority" of respondents to the Energy Institute (EI)'s annual Barometer foresaw "negative effects on the UK energy system" in the event of Brexit, EI President Prof Jim Skea said in a report.

  9. Cost of renewables set to fall rapidly to 2025

    15 Jun 2016

    The dramatic cost reductions we’ve seen in recent years for solar and wind electricity will continue well into the future, according to a new report released today by IRENA. It finds that by 2025 – with the right regulatory and policy frameworks in place – average electricity costs could decrease 59% for solar photovoltaics (PV), 35% for offshore wind, 26% for onshore wind, and up to 43% for concentrated solar power compared to 2015.

  10. Better Energy Blog | Heat Networks: Making a Date with Data

    14 Jun 2016

    You wouldn’t drive your car blindfolded, at least not for long. But that, in effect, is just what heat network operators have been doing...Casey Cole from Guru Systems provides a write up of their recent event a Date with Data event which sought to allow designers and operators to specify, build and run heat networks with their eyes wide open.

  11. Royal Wharf gains class leading low carbon energy using Veolia CHP

    13 Jun 2016

    London has taken a further step forwards in the drive to be a sustainable city with the adoption of Veolia’s latest combined heat and power (CHP) technology in the billion pound new Docklands development at Royal Wharf. Designed to supply low carbon energy this latest application will power 20,000 Londoners in five years and contribute to reducing London’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2025.

  12. Housing professionals invited to free workshop on district heating

    13 Jun 2016

    Housing professionals can find out more about innovation in district heating at a free seminar at the Housing Forum's London offices on Wednesday 22 June (10am to 2pm).

  13. Tight margins mean harsh winter would be ‘very expensive’

    13 Jun 2016

    Tight supply margins will mean balancing the market will be “very expensive” if the coming winter is harsh, according to analysis by consultancy firm EnAppSys. There will be roughly twelve and a half hours of negative supply margins over the season, the analysis predicted, with seven hours falling during National Grid’s winter period, and another five and half hours falling in the ‘shoulder’ months of October and March.

  14. Power Responsive Conference | 16 June 2016

    10 Jun 2016

    A year on from their launch, National Grid are hosting the second annual Power Responsive Conference, supported by the ADE and Energy UK, to bring together energy industry experts with business customers looking to explore Demand Side Response.

  15. Ashden announces 2016 Gold Award Winners

    10 Jun 2016

    he Gold winners of the 2016 Ashden Awards have been announced today as the UK’s smart energy pioneer Open Energi and innovative global finance enterprise SunFunder. Celebrating excellence in the field of sustainable energy, the Awards include tailored support for both organisations to scale up their work along with up to £30,000 in prize money.

  16. Energy innovation: extra £10 million for business projects

    10 Jun 2016

    Businesses with early stage, 12 month projects are invited to apply for an extra £10 million from the Energy Catalyst. Proposed projects should address the 3 major challenges facing the energy industry: * low carbon * security of supply *affordability.

  17. New Mayor approves first major project towards 2050 carbon-neutrality goal

    9 Jun 2016

    The next phase of a multi-decade major infrastructure project to build a heat network across the city has been given the green light by the Mayor, who has approved the allocation of £5million of capital funding to the scheme. The new infrastructure will be a cornerstone of the city’s journey to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. The heat network will supply low carbon heat to buildings across Bristol through a network of underground pipes connected to a number of energy centres including biomass boilers and gas combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

  18. Government warned over clean tech revolution ‘backtracking’

    9 Jun 2016

    The UK is losing its lead in the global race towards a low carbon economy, a study by six leading development and environment organisations has warned. The country risks missing out on the opportunities of the clean tech revolution, where 1.9 trillion US dollars (£1.3 trillion) is set to be spent on low carbon power, energy efficiency and technology to capture carbon emissions by 2030, they said.

  19. 65th edition of BP Statistical Review shows world shifting to lower-carbon fuels

    8 Jun 2016

    The 65th edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, launched today, sets out energy data for 2015, revealing a year in which significant long-term trends in both the global demand and supply of energy came to the fore with global energy consumption slowing further and the mix of energy sources shifting towards lower-carbon fuels.

  20. Greenwich Peninsula district energy system: hot property

    8 Jun 2016

    In a matter of months, a dazzling district energy system will come online at the Greenwich Peninsula, UK. Comprising a low-carbon energy centre and Europe’s largest residential new-build district heating system, the structure is set to provide heat and electricity to thousands of new homes and businesses under construction in this up and coming area of London. The IET reports.