How the ‘rebound effect’ makes us use more energy (and what it is, exactly)

We often take energy for granted, but getting it from grid to business can be complicated. When you start investigating the principles of supply and demand, it can get even more complex. One economic phenomenon that we think is pretty interesting (as energy industry enthusiasts) is known as ‘the rebound effect’. Energy-efficiency technology means we […]

The Powering Past Coal Alliance: What is it, and why is it so important?

Renewable energy has been on a roll for the last few years. As the UK, Europe and the rest of the world are demonstrating the importance of a swift transition away from fossil fuels, deployment of renewable sources has rocketed. As this has happened, there has been striking change in the UK’s energy mix. The […]

Cornwall’s secret hotbed of renewable energy potential

Cornwall could be the home of the UK’s first geothermal station used for energy generation as well as district heating, if ambitious plans go ahead. Cornwall is one of the few places in the UK where there is geothermal resource that is worth tapping. Thanks to funding awarded by the European Regional Development Fund, the […]

Energy efficient Britain: Electricity consumption falls 2% in the UK

An analysis of electricity consumption across the EU has found that the UK reduced its electricity use in 2017, while 27 European countries included in the analysis saw their electricity use increase over the same period. Overall, the UK decreased its overall electricity consumption by almost 2%, from 355 TWh to 348 TWh. Since 2010, […]

New wind generation record sets 2018 off to green start

January is rarely anyone’s favourite month, but over the last few years it has developed a reputation as the month in which renewable energy shines. 2018 has been no exception – on 17th January, the UK set a new wind generation record of 13.6 GW between 12.45-1.15pm. This smashed the previous record – itself set […]

Record-breaking 2017: 12 clean energy milestones smashed

2017 was a fantastic year – and a record-breaking one – for renewable energy in the UK. In total, there were a staggering 12 energy generation records broken over the course of the year, all showing the UK hitting clean, sustainable milestones. With no further ado…   A clean, green summer  In a record-breaking year, […]

2018: What’s happening this year in renewable energy innovation?

A brand new year is upon us, and it looks like a brighter, greener future is on the horizon. The ever-changing energy market looks set to see some big shifts this year, both in the UK and internationally, that are contributing to a wider trend of renewable energy and technology acquisition. We’ve seen a few […]

Will we have a renewable energy-powered Christmas?

2018 could be the year that we’re dreaming of a green Christmas. Last year, more than 40% of the electricity generated on Christmas Day came from renewable sources. We can thank our seasonally windy weather for some of this – wind power alone was contributing 27.7% of electricity at the Christmas Day peak. Last year […]

How technology and renewable energy is curbing air pollution

In recent years, air quality has become a hot topic of discussion. One of the underlying issues affecting air quality is pollution. How is our air getting polluted? As the mayor of London has discovered, air quality in the UK is bad, with many cities regularly exceeding European legal limits of pollutants in the air. […]

The UK’s (new) biggest solar farm is just around the corner

The UK could get its largest solar farm in 2020, and it could be built without any government support. Spread across almost 900 acres of the Kent countryside and with a generation capacity of 350 MW, the Cleve Hill installation would generate enough electricity to power as many as 110,000 homes. The scale of the […]