2M UK Customers Switch to Independent Energy Suppliers

According to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), more than two million customers have switched to independent energy suppliers since 2010. Continue reading 2M UK Customers Switch to Independent Energy Suppliers

UK Public Supports Renewables, Nuclear Energy

In the latest wave of DECC’s Public Attitudes Tracker, 70% of people in the UK said they support the development of onshore wind, the support for nuclear energy has risen from 38% in September 2012 to 42%, while opposition fell in the same period from 27% to 20%. Continue reading UK Public Supports Renewables, Nuclear Energy

UK DECC Published IPCC Climate Report Summary

While the U.S. Government remains in shutdown mode, the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published its summary of the key points and questions about the UN IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report. According to this document, “climate change is happening now and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the dominant cause.” Continue reading UK DECC Published IPCC Climate Report Summary

Emissions From Shale Gas Production in the UK Will Be ‘Relatively Small’, Study Finds

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published a report called “Potential Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Shale Gas Extraction and Use,” which presents the outcome of a study on this subject and provides recommendations to mitigate the climate change impacts of shale gas production in the UK. Continue reading Emissions From Shale Gas Production in the UK Will Be ‘Relatively Small’, Study Finds

Household Energy Consumption Decreased by 25% in England, Wales

Average total household energy consumption in England and Wales decreased by 24.7% from 2005 to 2011, according to a report released by the UK’s Office for National Statistics. Among the reasons for this decline in energy use, the report lists improved energy efficiency due to household improvements, introduction of energy rating scales for properties, improved efficiency of gas boilers, increase in public awareness of environmental issues and last but not least, increased gas and electricity prices. Continue reading Household Energy Consumption Decreased by 25% in England, Wales

UK Adopts Innovative ‘T-Pylon’ Transmission Tower Design

The UK’s electric-power transmission network (the “National Grid”) has announced this week that “T-pylon” transmission tower, the winner of the Pylon Design Competition, is being offered for the first time in the UK for a new electricity connection in Somerset. The Pylon Design Competition was run in 2011 by DECC, RIBA and National Grid and received over 250 entries from around the world. Continue reading UK Adopts Innovative ‘T-Pylon’ Transmission Tower Design

Report Estimates 1400 tcf Shale Gas in North of England

The British Geological Survey has released the results of a study of the potential volume of shale gas in the Bowland Basin and beyond, which covers 11 counties in the North of England. Scientists have estimated on a central scenario that there is likely to be some 40 trillion cubic meters (1,400 trillion cubic feet) of shale gas in the ground in this area. Continue reading Report Estimates 1400 tcf Shale Gas in North of England

Independent Report Finds ‘Lack of Confidence’ in Concentrated Solar Power

An independent report investigating the potential to accelerate the deployment of small-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) in various developing countries was undertaken by the Carbon Trust for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. According to the report, the critical barriers to deployment of CSP in industrial applications are low awareness, lack of confidence, and unattractive payback periods. Continue reading Independent Report Finds ‘Lack of Confidence’ in Concentrated Solar Power

UK Plans to Be at “Forefront” of European Nuclear Expansion

The UK positioned itself firmly at the forefront of Europe’s nuclear expansion as it hosted the signing of a joint communique between 12 EU member states with an interest in nuclear energy. The 12 states set out their belief that nuclear energy can play a part of the EU’s future low carbon energy mix and committed to collaboration on safety and creating greater certainty for investors in low carbon infrastructure projects. Continue reading UK Plans to Be at “Forefront” of European Nuclear Expansion