UK green gas ‘could boost decarbonisation goals’

Decarbonising the UK’s gas networks could play an important role in achieving the targets set out in the Paris Agreement. That’s according to a new report from Imperial College London’s Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI), which says the existing natural gas system will need to be replaced with a greener solution if the UK is to […]

Cyber security experts team up with grid to protect Europe

A cyber security organisation and power grid operators have teamed up to protect Europe against cyber attacks. The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop regulations, practices, standards and defenses with the aim of protecting the […]

Centrica business boss says ‘entire energy system is changing’

The needs of energy customers are changing fast and suppliers will have to change too. That’s according to Mark Hanafin, the CEO of Centrica’s Business division, who spoke to ELN at our Energy Live Future Conference in Leicester last week. He said the days of turning on extra power stations to deal with spikes in […]

North Sea ‘grid’ could deliver 15% of Europe’s total power demand

A North Sea “grid” (NSG) could help deliver more than 15% of Europe’s total electricity demand by 2030. That’s according to new research, which investigated what that would bring to the region in terms of the sustainable development of energy, economies and marine life. It suggests the key benefit of a North Sea energy system […]

UK seeks views on smarter, flexible energy system

The UK Government is seeking views on the development of a smarter, more flexible and user-friendly energy system. The Call for Evidence also aims to find out what can be done to make it easier for businesses to provide voluntary demand side response, i.e. when they reduce electricity use at times of peak demand in […]

Energy sector ‘attractive target for hackers’

Energy companies have seen a massive increase in the number of cyber-attacks in the past year. It is among the top concerns for energy leaders, especially in countries with high infrastructure maturity, mainly in North America and Europe, a report by the World Energy Council (WEC) states. It adds that’s due to the increase of interconnection […]

IEA urges Japan to decarbonise its energy supply

Japan should balance and diversify its energy mix through a combination of low carbon technologies. That’s the recommendation from the International Energy Agency (IEA) which added the country’s energy system should have more renewables, nuclear and efficient thermal power generation. That would help Japan build a more secure, affordable, safe and decarbonised energy system, the […]

Break up National Grid, say UK MPs

National Grid should be broken up to prevent potential conflicts of interests. That’s the view of MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee, who recommends transferring the system operation from National Grid to an Independent System Operator (ISO) at a national level and Distribution System Operators (DNOs) at a regional level. National Grid owns […]

Could microgrids be a part of UK’s energy system?

Microgrids could be “a part of a number” of solutions for the UK’s transition from a traditional energy system. That’s according to Peter Jones, Technology Strategy Manager at ABB, who told ELN: “I think it has a place and I think based on the signals that we are seeing it could potentially rapidly be applied. I […]

Innovation key ‘to meeting UK’s 2050 energy targets’

Innovation will be “absolutely fundamental” if the UK is to meet its 2050 energy and carbon targets. That’s the view of Philip New, CEO of Energy Systems Catapult, who believes innovation in the industry will help transform the energy system. Speaking to ELN at the Rushlight event yesterday, he said: “That’s not just technology innovation, […]