UK renewables exceed 1958’s power consumption

The amount of renewable electricity produced in 2017 could have powered the whole of Britain in 1958. That’s according to new research from Imperial College London and power group Drax, which shows the 91TWh of electricity used by 52 million Brits six decades ago could have been powered by the 96TWh of renewable power produced […]

Iberdrola commits fifth of its energy spend to UK

Spanish utility giant Iberdrola plans to invest €32 billion (£28.3bn) in the energy sector between 2018 and 2022 to build solid foundations for sustainable growth in the future. The firm is still confident in the UK’s heat and electricity industry and plans to spend nearly a fifth of the aforementioned funding on British shores. In […]

BP: Plastic bans will slow oil demand

Bans on single-use plastics will slow growth in global oil demand. That’s the forecast from BP’s latest Energy Outlook, which suggests the phasing out of plastic bottles, carrier bags and straws at both governmental and commercial levels is likely to significantly affect how the fuel source is used. Oil accounts for nearly two-thirds of the growth […]

EIB approves €6.5bn for new energy and transport projects

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a total of €6.5 billion (£5.8bn) of new financing for 36 projects across Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Around €1.5 billion (£1.3bn) will be spent financing for Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, which is planned to cross Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy to connect […]

UK leads as Europe’s renewables overtake coal

European wind, solar and biomass generation overtook coal for the first time in 2017, with much of this progress being driven by the UK. That’s according to a new report from the Sandbag and Agora Energiewende think tanks, which are based in the UK and Germany respectively. The study shows as recently as five years […]

Share of UK’s low carbon power hit record high last year

The share of energy generated by low carbon power sources in the UK increased to a record high of 54.4% in the third quarter (Q3) of 2017. That’s according to new government data, which shows this increased from 50.2% the same period the year before, as a result of increased generation from renewables. Clean energy’s […]

UK wind power tops 10GW for first time

  British wind power output topped 10GW for the first time this week thanks to this winter’s breezy weather. That’s according to new statistics from Drax Electric Insights, which shows generation hit a record high of 13.5GW yesterday, having broken the 10GW milestone earlier in the week. At certain points, wind power alone was supplying […]

China leads global solar boom in 2017

A boom in Chinese solar energy led global clean energy investments across 2017. That’s the verdict from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), which says this jump over-shadowed other shifts, such as rising investment in Australia and Mexico and declines in Japan, the UK and Germany. The total figure reached $333.5 billion (£241.4bn) last year, up […]

Egypt to bolster grid by 20GW before 2020

Egypt plans to add 20GW of electrical generation capacity to its grid in the next two years. Media reports from national news suggest the total capacity of conventional power plants in the country now totals 37.9GW, in addition to 890MW of renewable energy. By 2020, the plan is expected to add 20.1GW to the country’s […]

German renewables continue expansion in 2017

More than 36% of Germany’s gross electricity consumption in 2017 is expected to have come from renewables. That’s according to the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW), which estimates clean sources generated nearly 217 billion kWh over the year. This is […]