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A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceeding that occurred in February revealed two important things about the US's accelerating energy transition. The first concern being the rising penetrations of variable and distributed generation make reliability a growing concern for regional market operators governed by FERC. Secondly, there seems to be no simple solution to affordably meet the diverse needs of solar-rich California. To read more, click here.
Vehicle-to-grid charging technology allows owners to sell electricity, that their car has generated, back to the National Grid during times of high demand. V2G is based on using car batteries as energy storage devices. Energy providers will then pay customers a small fee per kWh of electricity returned to the grid. EDF partnered with Nissan in July 2021, so that owners of Nissan Leafs and Nissan e-Nv200s could have an 11kW ABB charging point installed and sell energy back to the National Grid during peak hours to generate revenue. To read the full article and learn more about V2G charging, click here.
An article by Wired, discusses how the sudden increase in UK energy prices has increase solar panel inquiries by 300%. However, the governments approach to encouraging solar panels has been lukewarm. Despite them reducing the VAT from 5% to 0%, solar panels and set up cost around £17,500. So, whilst people who can afford them are lessening the shock of the energy crisis, it's those people who can't afford it that are being hit the hardest. Read more here.
A recent article written by World Energy Council's Dr Angela Wilkinson was featured in The Guardian recently - and highlights the mission to 'humanise energy'. Dr Wilkinson continues to explain how this involves three key points - addressing geopolitical uncertainty, change in relationship with energy, and improving energy literacy. Achieving the impact of humanising energy is imperative and will require involving more people and communities. Click here to read more.
A report by Energy Systems Integration Group explains the surge in interest for hybrid resources, it discusses; what hybrid resources are, why the industry is seeing increasing hybridization across many technology types and how these resources interconnect to the grid. Followed by recommendations for policymakers, market designers and system planners. To read the full report, click here.
With energy prices increasing, workforce shortages and cyber threats creating international crises over how the world might look in 2041. The narratives are shaped by Imperial London experts to create stories about the future. Some of the academic insights as part of the project include; smart grids and energy management, making nuclear fusion a reality and AI-assisted molecular chemistry. To view the full video and article, click here.
According to research from Ember, wind and solar generated 10% of global electricity for the first time in 2021. Clean energy sources on a whole, generated 38% of the worlds electricity, this is the first time wind and solar alone have generated 10%. The share has doubled since the Paris agreement was signed back in 2015. You can read the full article on BBC's website by clicking here.
The BBC has published an article discussing cost versus savings on solar, battery and heat pumps for home installation - with some interesting statistics from across the industry. For instance, Home Energy Scotland estimates that an average three bedroomed house in central Scotland would save £450 a year under current higher energy prices, and the cost would be paid back in 15 years. This time last year that saving would have been £340, meaning it would take 19 years to pay for itself. You can read the full article here at The BBC's website.
Current+ is hosting a webinar on April 13th discussing the ways in which the energy industry is developing a smarter, more flexible grid which is fundamental to reaching the government’s decarbonisation commitments. Farina Farrier, head of Open Networks at ENA along with ENA’s new online hub highlight the work being done to create Net Zero solutions. The last five years has seen ENA’s Open Networks programme bring stakeholders together to work collaboratively, create solutions and build a smart grid that will deliver a Net Zero future for all. Click here to read more to join the conversation.
Connected Kerb have gathered research from 2000 UK residents and interviews with Transport professionals to highlight the future of EV charging. The report discusses what people want from EV charging, and what needs to be done in time for 2030 - when petrol and diesel vehicle sales will be banned. The report includes key recommendations for; the local authorities, private car park developers, central government and charging point providers. To read the full report, click here.
Illuminem have released an article highlighting the importance of reducing carbon emissions to reduce cost and accelerate the energy transition. Many countries have pledged to keep global warming below 1.5 °C and in order to do so, our energy systems need to be carbon emission free by 2050. The accelerated pathways that are in place are projected to be 21% cheaper than a gradual phasing out of fossil fuels. This would mean a $4 trillion saving over a 30-year period. Click here to read more.
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that 14 communities will receive technical assistance as part of the Social Enquity Initiative (ES4SE). This initiative is aimed at helping use energy storage as a way to build resilience and energy affordability - this comes after reports that 65% of low-income households across the U.S. face a high energy burden, according to the DOE. "From a system-wide perspective, if energy storage can offset the need for fossil fuel generators, it could reduce the need to run those facilities or retire them altogether." Jun Noh, policy director of the California Energy Storage Alliance, noted. You can read UtilityDive's full article by clicking here.
A recent article from Axios has highlighted how universal standards are required for smart home devices using sensors and IoT devices. Device manufacturers have pledged to incorporate ‘Matter’ in their products, which is a foundation for connected things and developed by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA). This foundation will truly make the a ‘smart home’ not just an array of different devices connected to the internet. Click here to read more.
Ford has made the concept of EV's being used for backup power during blackouts, as a key selling point of it's F-150 Lightning battery-powered pickup truck. The 'vehicle-to-grid' technology is being heavily promoted by car manufacturers, EV charging producers and energy services companies. However, there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of regulations and technology, to make this a mass market reality. Read more here.
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