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The RE100: what are major companies doing to support the renewable energy transition?

Posted by Gabby Mallett on 8 October 2019 at 10:12 am

The RE100: what are major companies doing to support the renewable energy transition?

The signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 finally marked the beginning of concerted international efforts to address the climate crisis. With progress slowly inching forward at the political level, some major companies have begun making significant commitments to renewable energy.  …

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EKOenergy (the ecolabel for energy) launches in the UK

Posted by Gabby Mallett on 1 October 2019 at 3:17 pm

EKOenergy (the ecolabel for energy) launches in the UK

EKOenergy is a non-profit ecolabel for energy, working to change how we produce and consume energy. In 2013, the initiative was set up with the backing of 45 environmental NGOs in the UK and Europe to provide an easily identifiable mark of quality for energy products. The ecolabel has gained a lo…

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Electric cars charging to affordability

Posted by Martha Worthington on 24 September 2019 at 10:04 am

Electric cars charging to affordability

In the not-so-distant past, ownership of an electric car faced many obstacles: lack of vehicle charge points, an unattainable price tag and similarly priced maintenance costs. But, thanks to some recent developments, owning an electric car is closer than ever to being reality for the average cons…

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Breakthrough for batteries? – Company claims that batteries last up to 25 years

Posted by Brychan Williams on 13 September 2019 at 2:52 pm

Breakthrough for batteries? â“ Company claims that batteries last up to 25 years

The battery developers Aceleron says that it has developed lithium-ion batteries that can be repaired and improved meaning that they could last up to 25 years. Currently, most batteries are thrown away after one component of the battery fails. This is obviously problematic considering how man…

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Moving away from natural gas and embrace renewable energy technologies

Posted by Brychan Williams on 19 August 2019 at 4:55 pm

Moving away from natural gas and embrace renewable energy technologies

Opinion Piece, Part Two Click here to read Part One. I believe that we can significantly reduce our reliance on natural gas by utilising the renewable energy technologies that we already have. Traditionally the problem with renewables has been around intermittency, output and cost. Th…

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New tidal record is a sign of big things to come

Posted by Brychan Williams on 16 July 2019 at 3:20 pm

New tidal record is a sign of big things to come

SIMEC Atlantis a sustainable energy generation company says that its MeyGen tidal turbines have now sent 17.5GWh of renewable electricity to the National Grid, surpassing its previous record of 11GWh. The MeyGen scheme which is situated off the Caithness coast in Scotland involves four tidal turb…

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Smart Export Guarantee: what you need to know

Posted by Brychan Williams on 12 July 2019 at 5:24 pm

Smart Export Guarantee: what you need to know

The UK government has designed a ‘Smart Export Guarantee’ system which is set to replace the Feed-In-Tariff (FiT) that has been removed as of April 2019. The FiT essentially guaranteed producers of renewable energy a price per KWh of electricity produced as well as a price for the exc…

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A beginner`s guide to community energy

Posted by Brychan Williams on 28 June 2019 at 2:01 pm

A beginner`s guide to community energy

Energy prices are on the rise. It was announced in February by Ofgem that 15m households will see their energy bills increase by more than £100 a year as of April 2019. The reason for this rise according to Ofgem, is due to an increase in wholesale costs of big energy suppliers. This an…

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Britain has been coal-free for a fortnight: but is that really as good as it sounds?

Posted by Anna Carlini on 3 June 2019 at 2:43 pm

Britain has been coal-free for a fortnight: but is that really as good as it sounds?

Breaking records As of posting this blog on 3rd June 2019, Britain is currently entering its 17th day of generating electricity without the use of coal. This has been the longest period of time the country has gone without coal since the very first coal power station was built in 18…

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Will the grid receive my export for free?

Posted by Anna Carlini on 18 April 2019 at 10:05 am

Will the grid receive my export for free?

The Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme has been closed since the beginning of this month (April 2019), but there are still unanswered questions for what this means for many new and existing solar panel owners. In particular this blog targets those who have missed the application deadline but still want …

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15,000 previously unknown EVs and solar panels identified on WPD network

Posted by Anna Carlini on 29 March 2019 at 5:04 pm

15,000 previously unknown EVs and solar panels identified on WPD network

Results have been published from an innovative project revealing a large number of previously unknown low-carbon technologies in Wales, the South West and the Midlands. Western Power Distribution (WPD), the company responsible for electricity distribution in these regions, funded the project to i…

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Sustainable motorways – giving something back

Posted by Giles Kirkland on 8 March 2019 at 1:53 pm

Sustainable motorways â“ giving something back

Motorways and Sustainability Sustainable Motorways could sound like an oxymoron in the broader sense due to material requirements and their effects on both natural and human environments, all as a result of developing their infrastructure and the subsequent running of vehicles on them. Having…

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Smart switching: will it transform the way we hunt for cheaper energy bills?

Posted by Anna Carlini on 30 January 2019 at 11:43 am

Smart switching: will it transform the way we hunt for cheaper energy bills?

Switching energy providers We all know that switching can save us money, but it can also be such a hassle to do. Many of us simply do not have the time to wade through comparison websites or wait on the phone with providers for a quote. For others it can be an overwhelming or confusing experi…

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The cheaper more sustainable home of the future - decentralised generation.

Posted by John Thompson on 16 January 2019 at 1:41 pm

The cheaper more sustainable home of the future - decentralised generation.

Your future home could be 50% cheaper to run and 100% more sustainable thanks to a clever mix of solar, home batteries and software that will allow these systems to integrate seamlessly into your life. The basic technologies, solar and battery-storage, are nothing new, but thanks to economies…

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Scotland eclipses rest of UK in green energy transition

Posted by Alison Vickers on 12 December 2018 at 4:34 pm

Scotland eclipses rest of UK in green energy transition

Previously we highlighted how Scotland created 68% of its electricity via renewable energy in 2017, making it a world leader in sourcing electricity from renewables. This figure was an increase of 26% on the year before. With many projects still awaiting completion, we argued then that it’s…

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Four Ways Our Energy System is Changing for the Better

Posted by Heleana Neil - Innovate UK on 29 November 2018 at 9:05 am

Four Ways Our Energy System is Changing for the Better

Constantly evolving technology will change our lives for the better. It’s time to take a glimpse into the future. More specifically, we’ll be shining a spotlight on the energy system of tomorrow. Large, inefficient power stations will make way for smaller, local plants –…

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What can we learn from Costa Rica?

Posted by Alison Vickers on 21 November 2018 at 9:01 am

What can we learn from Costa Rica?

The Central American nation has an impressive track record in green electricity generation and is seen by many as a world leader in terms of its environmental reputation. Indeed, Costa Rica is in many ways an exemplar in the green energy transition. Although it is uniquely placed to take advantag…

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How will the grid cope with the addition of electric vehicles?

Posted by John Thompson on 14 November 2018 at 8:09 am

How will the grid cope with the addition of electric vehicles?

The future of cars is electric. Globally, governments are laying out plans to end the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars, while falling battery prices will contribute towards making electric vehicles (EVs) more affordable and more profitable. With a range of technology on …

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The London Community Energy Fund is open for applications - but not for long

Posted by Sam Tonge on 25 September 2018 at 11:41 am

The London Community Energy Fund is open for applications - but not for long

Last week we highlighted the broad range of assistance available for community energy projects in the UK. In this article we bring you a real life example in the form of London Community Energy Fund and encourage those of you based in the capital to get involved. The London Community Energy F…

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Portugal reaps the rewards of renewables in 2018

Posted by Alison Vickers on 22 August 2018 at 9:30 am

Portugal reaps the rewards of renewables in 2018

Our recent blog series has drawn attention to the countless renewable records being broken over the past 12 months. We’ve looked at green energy milestones across parts of the UK and around the world and now it’s time to shine the (low-energy) spotlight on Portugal! It’s rec…

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Renewable retailers - survey shows green energy important to consumers

Posted by Sam Tonge on 15 August 2018 at 9:09 am

Renewable retailers - survey shows green energy important to consumers

What is it that leads you to choose one supermarket over another? Is it price, customer service, convenience, or all of the above? Or perhaps if you’re an aspiring ethical consumer, you may prioritise fair trade items or organic produce. A recent Ørsted survey has revealed that p…

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Positive UK renewable energy percentage in Q2 2018

Posted by Shea Karssing on 8 August 2018 at 9:14 am

Positive UK renewable energy percentage in Q2 2018

Earlier this year, we reported how wind power generated 14 gigawatt hours of electricity for the first time, making up nearly 37% of the UK’s energy needs. The country also managed more than two days without using any coal-fired power for the first time in more than a century. According…

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Five ways you can accelerate the clean energy transition this summer

Posted by Sam Tonge on 4 July 2018 at 9:13 am

Five ways you can accelerate the clean energy transition this summer

According to the meteorological calendar, summer is finally here! The ‘beast from the east’ is now nothing more than a distant memory, meaning that if we’re being optimistic, we can expect our usual dose of sunshine within the next few months. We have recently written about …

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Renewables in 2017 - national progress helps achieve global record

Posted by Alison Vickers on 14 June 2018 at 9:16 am

Renewables in 2017 - national progress helps achieve global record

Following on from one of our previous blogs ‘5 green energy milestones reached in 2017’ we now want to talk more about a record-breaking year for renewables. Some of the headlines include: 70% of all new power additions were renewable projects, and investment in renewable power capaci…

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Scotland's clean energy revolution

Posted by Alison Vickers on 9 May 2018 at 9:24 am

Scotland's clean energy revolution

The Climate Change Act (2008) mandates carbon emission cuts of 80% (from 1990 baseline) across the UK by 2050. However, our current progress calls into question whether the UK will achieve this goal. We also have an additional EU target of producing 15% of total energy from renewables by 2020. Ho…

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Green is now mainstream - record support for green energy in UK communities

Posted by Sam Tonge on 2 May 2018 at 2:50 pm

Green is now mainstream - record support for green energy in UK communities

A UK Government survey has found that the number of people supporting renewables has hit record levels. The 25th survey of the Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker (PAT) revealed that individual backing for the use of renewable energy reached a record of 85% - a marked increase …

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'The Northern Renewable Powerhouse': How councils in the midlands & north are leading the way in green energy

Posted by Sam Tonge on 9 April 2018 at 11:51 am

'The Northern Renewable Powerhouse': How councils in the midlands & north are leading the way in green energy

It’s fair to say that 2017 contained many a green milestone in the UK’s journey towards greener forms of energy. It seems that now is the ideal time to mention that it is no longer solely the responsibility of households to make the leap to sustainable energy. An increasing number of …

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Renewable energy for businesses - making the sums add up

Posted by Daniel Bailey on 26 March 2018 at 10:04 am

Renewable energy for businesses - making the sums add up

For a company pondering a shift to renewable energy technology, the reputational benefits are as obvious - and ever-present - as Britain’s supply of wind. But with Brexit blowing a chilly blast of uncertainty across corporate Britain, many businesses are battening down the hatches and d…

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How the Feed-in-Tariff ending in April 2019 could affect you

Posted by Sam Tonge on 27 February 2018 at 11:35 am

How the Feed-in-Tariff ending in April 2019 could affect you

Update: You can view the consultation here which confirms closing of both the Generation and Export Tariff to new applicants from 1st April 2019. This consultation ran from 19 July 2018 to 13 September 2018. The Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) is a Government scheme designed to promote the …

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5 green energy milestones reached in 2017

Posted by Sam Tonge on 28 December 2017 at 9:30 am

5 green energy milestones reached in 2017

As this year draws to a close, we can safely say that it’s been a year of highs and lows in terms of our steps towards shaping a clean energy future. It goes without saying that using our resources sustainably and reducing our carbon footprint are ever more pressing issues. However it seems…

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Are payments for domestic microgeneration liable to income tax?

Posted by Sam Tonge on 11 October 2017 at 10:30 am

Are payments for domestic microgeneration liable to income tax?

Here at YouGen we have been asked a few times recently whether you have to pay tax on the money you receive from generating renewable energy in the form of electricity and heat. The simple answer for domestic micro generators is ‘no’, as such schemes are designed to make such payments…

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From energy importer to energy exporter - the story of The National Energy Foundation.

Posted by Sam Tonge on 17 August 2017 at 12:34 pm

From energy importer to energy exporter - the story of The National Energy Foundation.

YouGen is based in the National Energy Centre, which is the main office of the National Energy Foundation (NEF), an independent British charity, established to encourage the more sustainable use and generation of energy. As you’d expect, the centre features an exciting and inspiring arr…

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The experience of an Eco Guesthouse and SuperHome owner

Posted by Louisa Clarke on 31 July 2017 at 2:30 pm

The experience of an Eco Guesthouse and SuperHome owner

SuperHome owners will open their doors this September as part of the 10th year celebrations happening across the UK. These are homes that have reduced their carbon footprint by at least 60%. This is a great opportunity for visitors to see for themselves both the challenges and benefits associated…

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Inside the Government’s plan to transform our energy system – all things V2G, battery storage and smart

Posted by Shanics Olton on 27 July 2017 at 5:03 pm

Inside the Governmentâs plan to transform our energy system â“ all things V2G, battery storage and smart

Will we really become a nation of clean energy creators sooner than we think? Some critics say we’ve been lagging behind the likes of Sweden and Denmark for far too long but the Government’s latest report sets out a plan to change this and make us leaders in the field of innovativ…

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Is this the start of the electric car revolution?

Posted by Louisa Clarke on 18 July 2017 at 9:01 am

Is this the start of the electric car revolution?

Last year the number of electric cars reached 2 million globally, and the number continues to grow. Despite this, electric cars still only hold a small share of the global car stock (with an estimated 1.2 billion vehicles worldwide). However, recent news of Volvo’s transition to electric ca…

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Can you switch energy supplier without it affecting your FiT?

Posted by Sandra Hayes on 11 July 2017 at 12:40 pm

Can you switch energy supplier without it affecting your FiT?

We have recently heard from readers with concerns about how switching energy supplier might affect their Feed in Tariff (FiT) payments. From personal experience I can confirm that this is not an issue, although it might help to explain why this is the case. Firstly, everyone receiving FiT pay…

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UK renewable energy industry breaks another record! A look at other achievements across the world

Posted by Shanics Olton on 5 July 2017 at 4:35 pm

UK renewable energy industry breaks another record! A look at other achievements across the world

Despite lower wind speeds and less rainfall than in 2016, from January to March this year renewable energy contributed a record breaking 26% of the total electricity generated in the UK. Onshore wind accounted for the biggest increase from 6.4 TWh to 7.7 TWh with bioenergy, offshore wind, hydro a…

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Sunny weekend breaks UK solar record

Posted by Chloe Lloyd on 5 April 2017 at 12:59 pm

Sunny weekend breaks UK solar record

With days becoming longer and sunnier afternoons on the rise, now is the perfect time to be generating electricity from your solar PV panels. Cast your minds back to the weekend of the 25th March 2017, temperatures were rising and you were dusting the cobwebs off the barbeque. However, that weeke…

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Can we generate 100% of our energy from renewables?

Posted by Alex Barrett on 11 November 2016 at 11:46 am

Can we generate 100% of our energy from renewables?

In early May of 2016 Portugal covered all of its electricity demand for four days using only renewable sources, energy prices in Germany briefly turned negative, as renewables met almost all of the demand for a day, and the UK didn't use any coal fired power stations at all during several low…

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Why is energy storage difficult?

Posted by Alex Barrett on 27 September 2016 at 12:25 pm

Why is energy storage difficult?

Our ability to generate renewable energy is increasing all of the time. It provides a great, green supplement to conventional power generation technologies. However if renewables are to one day stand on their own then there is an important issue that needs to be considered; Energy Storage. So…

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Are electric cars the future?

Posted by NEF Gabby on 23 September 2016 at 12:06 pm

Are electric cars the future?

The electric car debate has been a long and contested road, with questions still remaining unanswered about the ability Electric Vehicles (EVs) have to reshape society and replace our gas guzzling needs. Aerospace engineer and Motorsport fan Lukas Willcocks has test driven a number of electric ve…

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How do fuel cells work?

Posted by Sharon Russell-Verma on 18 July 2016 at 11:05 am

How do fuel cells work?

In some circles micro-fuel cells are being heralded as the future of clean energy, so today we are going to look at how fuel cells work. But let’s start at the beginning – what is a fuel cell? What is a fuel cell? A fuel cell is a device that generates electricity by a chemica…

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How do energy suppliers compare for green energy generated?

Posted by Alex Barrett on 24 May 2016 at 1:45 pm

How do energy suppliers compare for green energy generated?

Q. I am keen to switch energy providers but the one I favour says it cannot tell me how much of its energy is generated from green sources. This is an important criterion for me and I am a little suspicious of this company's supposed ignorance. Is there a definitive information source that st…

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Portugal runs entirely on renewable electricity for four days!

Posted by Alex Barrett on 23 May 2016 at 11:45 am

Portugal runs entirely on renewable electricity for four days!

May of 2016 has been a great month for renewable energy. For 107 hours last week all of Portugal’s electricity demand was met by renewable sources [1, 2]. This announcement comes just after the news that Germany met almost all of its electricity demand from renewables for a day, and that th…

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Electricity from cheese via biogas

Posted by Alex Barrett on 13 May 2016 at 10:05 am

Electricity from cheese via biogas

A new power plant has recently opened in the Lake District, which will generate electricity from cheese. The installation has been built at the Lake District creamery, it will take waste material from cheese production, and use it to generate biogas through the process of anaerobic digestion. The…

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Importing energy from Iceland: A key step towards a European Supergrid?

Posted by Alex Barrett on 27 April 2016 at 12:25 pm

Importing energy from Iceland: A key step towards a European Supergrid?

The amount of energy which the UK generates from renewable sources is growing. Government figures suggest that in 2015 renewable sources contributed 17.8 TWh, 23.5 % of total UK generation [1]. However there are some countries which are well ahead of the UK when it comes to producing renewable en…

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Where did green energy tariffs go?

Posted by Anna Carlini on 19 February 2016 at 11:05 am

Where did green energy tariffs go?

The Big Six energy providers have been getting in a bit of trouble recently with their slow (and limited) response to the plummeting price of wholesale gas. Their failure to pass on savings has attracted criticism from consumers and MPs alike. But, amid all the anger and commotion, more than just…

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How much will V2G cost and when, where and who will make it happen?

Posted by Jason Ramsdale on 4 January 2016 at 12:30 pm

How much will V2G cost and when, where and who will make it happen?

  Vehicle 2 Grid (V2G) could be happening sooner than we had anticipated. Nissan and energy powerhouse Enel announced at the Paris climate change summit (COP21) that they have teamed up to test trial a V2G system in Denmark.[1] The V2G system will integrate electric vehicles (EVs) and th…

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Britain on course to miss a key renewable energy target

Posted by Gabby Mallett on 13 November 2015 at 12:45 pm

Britain on course to miss a key renewable energy target

Britain is on course to miss a key renewable energy target according to Amber Rudd.  The Energy secretary has written to government colleagues to admit that we cannot meet the target and that we may incur the wrath of the EU if we don’t do more. We have a legally binding target to …

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With oil prices low, why go green?

Posted by Jason Ramsdale on 13 November 2015 at 11:55 am

With oil prices low, why go green?

With oil prices low, why go green? Oil prices have hovered between $50 and $70 a barrel for the past year, and have fallen a further 10% in the last week alone.  The Financial Times has reported that it expects oil markets are likely to stay oversupplied until 2020.[1,2] These decreased …

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