13/11/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 13/11/20.

Open Meetings: RIIO-2 – Ofgem

10 November 2020.  A series of nine Open Meetings to discuss company responses to Ofgem’s Draft Determinations consultation:

RIIO-2 Open Meetings

Report: Achieving government’s long-term environmental goals – National Audit Office

11 November 2020.  This report examines how government has set itself up to deliver its long‑term environmental goals. These are broad and complex issues and so the aim is to highlight the most significant potential strengths and areas for improvement, as well as key risks that government will need to manage, drawing on the NAO’s experience of auditing large-scale, longer-term or cross‑government projects and programmes:

Achieving government’s long-term environmental goals

News: BEIS gives businesses extra 12 months to apply for RHI – Edie.net

9 November 2020.  The UK Government has confirmed that it will extend the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme by 12 months, in light of the impact of Covid-19 on the private sector:

https://www.edie.net/news/11/BEIS-gives-businesses-extra-12-months-to-apply-for-RHI/

Article: MPs launch inquiry into tidal energy – Environment Journal

9 November 2020, Jamie Hailstone.  A cross-party group of MPs has launched an inquiry, which will consider the role of tidal energy in the UK’s low-carbon energy mix:

https://environmentjournal.online/articles/mps-launch-inquiry-into-tidal-energy/

News: National Grid faces breakup amid PM’s green push – City AM

8 November 2020, Angharad Carrick. Boris Johnson’s push to reshape the energy industry in order to achieve the net zero target could reportedly see the break up of the National Grid:

News: UK’s nuclear future to be decided at key meeting – BBC News Online

9 November 2020, Simon Jack.  Nuclear power’s role in the UK’s future energy strategy will be discussed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the chancellor and business secretary at a meeting this month:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54867442

News: Climate change: A tale of frequent fliers and weird electricity – BBC News Online

8 November 2020, Roger Harrabin.  A 10-point plan aimed at putting the UK on track for a zero emissions economy is due to be unveiled by the prime minister in the coming weeks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54832236

News: UK energy plant to use liquid air – BBC News Online

7 November 2020, Roger Harrabin.  Work is beginning on what is thought to be the world’s first major plant to store energy in the form of liquid air:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54841528

News: A Huge Fusion Experiment in The UK Just Achieved The Much Anticipated ‘First Plasma’ – Science Alert

3 November 2020, Peter Dockrill.  After a long, seven-year development, an experimental fusion reactor in the UK has been successfully powered on for the time, achieving ‘first plasma’: confirmation that all its components can work together to heat hydrogen gas into the plasma phase of matter:

https://www.sciencealert.com/huge-fusion-experiment-achieves-first-plasma-in-landmark-step-towards-clean-energy

News: Researchers discover a new way to produce hydrogen using microwaves – Techxplore

4 November 2020, Asociacion RUVID.  A team of researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has discovered a new method that makes it possible to transform electricity into hydrogen or chemical products solely using microwaves—without cables and without any type of contact with electrodes:

https://techxplore.com/news/2020-11-hydrogen-microwaves

News: Two-Turbine Floater Prototype Breezes Through Tests in Baltic Sea – Off Shore Wind

2 November 2020, Adrijana Buljan.  The scaled-down version of the Nezzy² floating wind turbine, a two-turbine floating wind platform, completed its two-month tests in the Bay of Greifswald in the Baltic Sea and has now been dismantled:

https://www.offshorewind.biz/2020/11/02/two-turbine-floater-prototype-breezes-through-tests-in-baltic-sea

News: UK’s bid to power every home via offshore windfarms by 2030 at risk – Guardian Online

1 November 2020, Jillian Ambrose.  Germany’s RWE says outdated regulation is slowing investment in onshore electricity grid:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/01/uks-bid-to-power-every-home-via-offshore-windfarms-by-2030-at-risk

Research and analysis: Updated energy and emissions projections: 2019 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

30 October 2020.  Projections of greenhouse gas emissions and energy demand from 2019 to 2040:

Updated energy and emissions projections: 2019

News: New nuclear plant at Sizewell set for green light – BBC News Online

30 October 2020, Simon Jack.  The government is close to giving the green light to a new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54754016

Press release: All systems go for UK’s £55M fusion energy experiment – UK Atomic Energy Authority and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

29 October 2020.  Fusion energy is a step closer with the start-up of the MAST Upgrade tokamak at Culham Science Centre:

All systems go for UK’s £55M fusion energy experiment