The Energy Bulletin: In the news September 2017

More world records for UK renewable energy generation and exciting news from the National Grid – read all the top energy headlines from September in our Energy Bulletin news round-up.

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UK energy has ‘greenest’ summer to date, National Grid says | BBC News

Thanks to more than half of the UK’s electricity coming from low-carbon sources, 2017’s summer is officially the “greenest” on record.

From the end of June through to September, a total 52% of electricity consumed was generated by renewable energy sources. In comparison, the total was at 35% just four years ago.

This was announced by the National Grid, in conjunction with the release of their new software that can forecast the carbon intensity of electricity up to two days ahead of it being consumed.


£4.5m boost for Anglesey tidal energy development | BBC News

Marine and tidal energy development is getting a boost in North Wales, after the Welsh government has announced plans for a £4.5m injection of funding.

£300k of this is from the Welsh government itself, with a further £4.2m coming from the EU to go towards the Morlais tidal energy demonstration zone – an area identified to be particularly suitable for marine installations off the coast of Anglesey.


London’s fatberg monster to be melted down to biofuel | Energy Live News

The so-called ‘fatberg’ that has built up in London’s sewers is to be given a new lease of life.

Plans are in place to break up the sub-level blockage and turn it into biofuel. All 130 tonnes of it are predicted to create enough energy to power 350 double-decker buses for a day.

So far, a third of the ‘fatberg’ has been broken down using high-powered jets, before the oil and fats in the mass are converted into a green replacement for diesel.


UK’s first government subsidy-free solar farm opens | The Energy Voice

The UK Minister for Climate Change & Industry unveiled the Clayhill Solar Farm in Flitwick, Bedfordshire this month – the first ever in the UK to be opened with no government subsidy.

The 10MW-capacity solar farm will generate enough energy to power around 2,500 homes.

“The cost of solar panels and batteries has fallen dramatically over the past few years, and this first subsidy-free development at Clayhill is a significant moment for clean energy in the UK,” commented Claire Perry, BEIS Minister for Climate Change and Industry.


Scottish tidal power station breaks world records producing enough energy to power 2,000 homes |

After breaking world records in August, the MeyGen tidal energy plant off the coast of Scotland has set a new precedent for tidal generation with a new title under its belt.

The Orkney Islands tidal project had a fourth turbine installed in February of this year, and since then has contributed 2GWh to the grid – another world record. The plant has a fifth turbine planned for October 2017, and with its expansion is expected more record-breaking power production.

It’s no surprise, with a report once calling the MeyGen site “almost certainly the best for tidal stream power in the world”. Read more in the report above.