Gas and nuclear lead in UK power capacity auction

Britain has secured 50.41GW of backup electricity capacity for delivery in 2021/22. A total of 74.24GW entered the Capacity Market auction – which pays power plant operators to make backup electricity available at short notice – out of which 67.9% were successful. Gas power plants accounted for the lion’s share of the agreements at 29.6GW, […]

Brits lack confidence on fixing climate change

Around 64% of global citizens are optimistic about solving climate change but Brits are less confident. That’s according to new research from non-profit organisation The Climate Group and change agency Futerra, which suggests only 55% of the British public believe the problem can be addressed if action is taken now. The data, based on a […]

Crown estate backs £160m Welsh storage project

The Crown Estate will lease 13 hectares of land for a £160 million grid-scale electricity storage facility in North Wales. Developer Snowdonia Pumped Hydro (SPH) will build the Glyn Rhonwy storage unit near Llanberis. It will have the potential to produce nearly 100MW of electricity using pumped hydro technology. Grid energy storage is used to store electricity […]

Finding Nemo! Belgium power swims to Britain

A new £500 million interconnector that will allow the transfer of electricity between Belgium and Britain has been given the go-ahead by Ofgem. Called Project Nemo, it  is expected to bring an extra 1GW of electricity capacity to the UK when completed in 2019. It will run between Zeebrugge in Belgium and Richborough in Kent […]

Blog: Cold war nukes but not as you know it…

My dad’s a Gurkha. He’s been serving in the British Army for 25 years now and growing up as the daughter of a Captain meant living in army camps since my move to Britain more than a decade ago. Having to go past armed guns with my ID in hand every day when I went […]

‘Seven million people living in fuel poverty’

A total of seven million people, including 2.2 million children, are living in fuel poverty in England. New figures released today claim the number of children “growing up cold” has risen by 26% – or 460,000 – compared to a year ago. One in five Brits have switched off their heating this winter to save […]

Customer satisfaction in energy sector drops to new low

Consumer satisfaction in Britain’s energy industry has plummeted to a new low of just 41% – one of the lowest average scores across a range of products and other sectors. New research by Which? reveals the Big Six suppliers are at the bottom of the table, with npower scoring the lowest for the third year […]

Toshiba to ‘buy stake in UK nuclear’

Engineering giant Toshiba’s US nuclear business Westinghouse is rumoured to be on the verge of buying a 50% stake in Britain’s NuGen. NuGen is a joint venture between Spanish utility Iberdrola and French firm GDF Suez. The firms plan to build up to 3.6GW of new nuclear at the Sellafield nuclear site on the northwest coast […]

Ofgem awards £59.4m for network innovation projects

Ofgem has chosen 10 projects to receive a total funding of £59.4 million for innovation in transporting energy around Britain. It is part of the regulator’s three innovation competitions that aim to make the energy networks smarter, accelerate the development of low carbon energy and help consumers save money. Successful projects include developing robots to […]

npower deal creates ‘Big Seven’ energy firms

The head of npower said Britain is “well on its way to having a Big Seven rather than a Big Six” in the energy industry after selling its subsidiaries to a smaller supplier. Telecom Plus, a supplier of energy and telephony services trading as Utility Warehouse, will take over contracts from npower to supply gas […]