The UK renewables sector is losing its investment appeal, according to a key market index. EY’s table of the world’s most attractive energy markets has seen the UK fall to an all-time low, just behind Morocco. Reasons for the fall include uncertainty over Brexit and a shift in the country’s […]
The head of Scotland’s Institute of Directors has warned that renewables alone will not be enough to meet Scotland’s energy needs. Scotland has gone further down the renewables path than many other countries, with the Scottish Government targeting a 100% renewable electricity supply by 2020. David Watt, who represents 1800 […]
Batteries are often touted as a solution to the ‘intermittence’ of renewables – the fact that you can’t generate power when the wind drops or the sun goes in. With big enough batteries you could store up the power produced on a particularly blustery day, then release it onto the […]
Today the International Energy Agency (IEA) released new forecasts for renewable energy capacity, as part of their Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2016. The forecast has been hailed by some as evidence that renewables are pulling ahead of conventional energy sources. A reality check is needed here. In their most recent […]
Apples and oranges: what’s the best way to compare the cost of energy across different technologies?
One of the biggest controversies in energy policy is how to establish the true cost of renewable power. For investors and policymakers alike this information is essential. Yet depending on what gets measured, it’s possible to produce wildly varying estimates. Take this recent South African study, which argues that new […]
Australia is locked in a heated debate about the country’s energy policies after a state-wide blackout exposed failings in the network. Businesses and homes were left without power and some of the state’s energy supplies are still not back online three weeks later. This week Queensland’s biggest government-owned power generator […]