DECC sets out five-year plan

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has unveiled its new plan from 2015 to 2020. It has set a limit of £3.3 billion of total departmental expenditure in 2015/16 and a vision for “secure, affordable and clean energy supplies”. “We will meet these goals by nurturing competition and supporting innovation in new technologies. […]

EU unveils proposals to ensure energy security

Proposals to ensure energy security in the EU have been unveiled by the European Commission. The package is aimed at equipping the region for global energy transition to address possible supply interruptions. It sets out a wide range of measures to strengthen the EU’s resilience to gas supply disruptions, which includes moderating energy demand, increasing […]

Unplanned shutdown of EDF’s nuclear reactor

EDF announced one of its nuclear reactors in Scotland was unexpectedly shut down yesterday. In a statement, the firm said the Torness power station unit 2 automatically closed during a routine testing while an issue was detected in an electrical system. The reactor shut down safely and there were no environmental impacts, EDF claims. As a consequence, […]

Afghanistan’s energy sector receives $1.2bn

Afghanistan will receive a grant worth $1.2 billion (£0.78bn) to improve its energy sector. The cash aims to support projects in the country which boost energy supply, cross border trade and improve the power sector’s efficiency. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing the fund which will be given in tranches until 2025. Afghanistan’s reliance on […]

Scottish wind connections ‘needed to meet demand’ says Grid’s future plan

More wind generation connections in Scotland will lead to an increase in north-to-south transmission demand. The network will need new capacity to transport power across Scotland and much of England to meet demand in the south according to National Grid’s ‘Electricity Ten Year Statement 2015’ published today. The statement, which shows likely future transmission requirements, […]

EU’s Energy Union ‘on track to achieve its targets’

The EU’s Energy Union is on track to delivering a low carbon, secure and competitive economy. The ‘State of the Energy Union Report’ stated much progress has been made since the creation of the framework nine months ago but more needs to be done. It highlights Europe’s contribution to the Paris negotiations, with the EU targeting a 40% […]

National Grid to be quizzed over UK energy security

The Energy and Climate Change Committee is to question National Grid about the security of the UK’s energy supply. It comes amid concerns about keeping the lights on this winter as National Grid’s predicted a 5.1% gap between total power generating capacity and peak demand – the tightest in a decade. Earlier this month the […]

UK-India agree £3.2bn partnership on energy and climate change

The UK and India have announced a partnership on energy and climate change. It includes £3.2 billion worth of commercial agreements, joint research programmes and initiatives to share technical, scientific, financial and policy expertise to support economic growth, energy security and access. It comes as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a three-day visit in […]

IEA: Low oil prices could threaten energy security

Low oil prices could be beneficial for consumers but it could also threaten energy security. That could happen by increasing reliance on smaller low cost producers “or risk a sharp rebound in price if investment falls short”, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). It added the price of oil will remain […]

Greece granted £285m for energy projects

Greece will receive a loan worth €285 million (£199.5m) to support energy projects in the country. It aims to improve electricity transmission and interconnection networks as well as extend an LNG terminal. The cash from the European Investment Bank (EIB) will also support environmentally friendly projects and those that boost energy security and efficiency. EIB President Werner Hoyer […]