Recent expert articles, reports, videos:

on the clean energy revolution, climate change, technology innovation, energy poverty etc:

June 2020

Not so recent (2018) but well worth seeing if you haven’t before – an interactive map and description of how the UK Electricity Supply Industry has been transformed in 10 years, and is still changing rapidly towards zero Carbon well before 2050.  A real historic turning point.

April 2020

The sun is finally out!

You can watch the solar smile widen here https://gridwatch.co.uk/ and see where your energy is coming from.

The transition to Electric Vehicles

January 2020 The report by the EV Energy Task Force Energising our Electric Vehicle Transition

The report shows that the transition will require around 30% increase in grid capacity, and will need to address interoperability, data sharing, integrated national and local planning and smart charging so the storage capacity of vehicle batteries and off-peak charging can minimise the additional grid power requirements.

A Roadmap to Net Zero

A thorough analysis of which measures can, and need to be exponentially scaled up to halve emissions by 2030 and reduce them to zero by 2050.  Arguments to shorten the timescale need to come up with their own credible figures. By 361energy.org

Journalist article on Yealm Community Energy from interview with Director Andrew Moore

An excellent blog article by Hazel Sheffield describing how the community solar farms came to be built, and their impact on the local community.

How we can reach zero carbon electricity and gas by 2025

Scenarios from the national grid covering transport, heating, electricity generation and gas.  What needs to be done and what it will look like.  See the summary of the report here

REGEN Market Insights – Fuel Poverty graphicFuel poverty split 229x300 - Further Reading

The graphic illustrates the high energy costs that a disproportionately high number of fuel poor households pay in the lowest efficiency housing.

The average fuel costs for different EPC bands (A – G) are shown ranging from £939 to £2,861 in the least-efficient housing, around an average of £1,140. The high proportion of fuel poverty in the least efficient housing (D – G) highlights not just a social issue, but a problem for the progress of decarbonisation of the energy system.  Poor energy efficiency is a key driver of fuel poverty, as the second graph illustrates.

The graphic shows how the number of households in fuel poverty has changed in the last five years. There has been some progress, as the numbers in bands E – F have reduced, and increased in A – D. However, fuel poor households still make up far greater-than-average proportions of the lowest efficiency housing, paying more to heat their homes.

Committee on Climate Change report to government recommends how to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. May 2019

The independent report to government recommends policies to result in zero net emissions within 30 years at manageable cost.

Read the full report here.

Energy World April 2019 on the future for community energy.

The article features Yealm Community Energy and discusses the more challenging financial environment faced by new community schemes in the immediate future in the absence of subsidies (does not apply to Newton Downs or Creacombe).

Newton Downs Environmental Management Plan  This is the original environmental management plan drawn up by Good Energy

Scientific American Jan 2019How Solar farms like ours can improve biodiversity and safeguard pollinators.

PWC  Jan 2019 Report on Electric Vehicle Charging: Powering Ahead; Making sense of business models in Electric Vehicle charging

The Conversation Jan 2019 Britain has shifted 30% of its electricity away from fossil fuels in just 9 years.

FT 4 Dec 2018  Should there be a global concentration on  Technology innovation to combat climate change  ?

 

FT: 28 Nov 2018 The IEA says Carbon Capture and Storage is part of the solution to combat climate change.  The UK makes a modest commitment:

FT : 23 Nov 2018: “A clean carbon future is both feasible and affordable”.  

BEIS 15 Nov 2018: Minister Greg Clark on the future of the energy Market

Guardian 15 Nov.2018: ECJ halts Capacity Market scheme.

Video April 2018: Dieter Helm on his review of the cost of energy and technology change