18 October 2017

The Connected Energy round up: October 2017

From the new Clean Growth Strategy to an ongoing interest in EVs, and burgeoning grid flexibility. Here's our October energy round-up.

There is huge change happening in UK energy at the moment; from the new Clean Growth Strategy to an ongoing interest in EVs, and burgeoning grid flexibility. What's top of the table this month?

Clean Growth Strategy

The Government's Clean Growth Strategy, released just days ago, represents real progress for the UK.

The Telegraph describes it thus; 'In a 164-page document crammed with 50 low carbon policies and plans, the Government has planted the seeds for a new era of green economic growth which replicates the offshore wind model and offers major opportunities for UK plc.'

The Strategy, which shares many similarities with London's plans for low carbon, is a truly ambitious document.

It hints that the UK will continue on its path as a global low carbon leader, and sets goals for jobs and opportunities in addition to more obvious carbon mitigation.

All in all, it's an impressive step towards the future.

Electric Vehicles

Nowadays, it seems that EVs are barely out of the news, as reported last month by Connected Energy.

Remarkably, this month The Guardian writes that world petrol demand will peak within 13 years, thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines.

'UK-based Wood Mackenzie said it expected the take-up of electric vehicles to cut gasoline demand significantly, particularly beyond 2025 as the battery-powered cars go mainstream,' the broadsheet observes.

The UK appears unequivocally set on an EV future, with recent Government targets and a forthcoming ban on fossil based automobiles paving the way for a radically new way of driving.

Greenest summer to date

The BBC is reporting that more than half the UK's electricity came from low carbon sources this summer, making it the 'greenest' summer on record.

Between late June and September, 52% of electricity generation was met by low carbon sources, compared with about 35% four years ago.

In further preparations for a more flexible future, National Grid has launched software that forecasts the carbon intensity of electricity up to 2 days ahead.

These moves will affect every aspect of the changes we report on for you each month. Duncan Burt, from National Grid, told the BBC.

“Clear and concise information that can tell you in advance when's best to turn on the washing machine, load the dishwasher or charge your car for example, is a step in the right direction towards a low carbon future.

“This technology puts people at the heart of it, helping everyone to use power when it's greenest, and likely, more cost efficient.”

The takeaway

Unprecedented change continues to radically disrupt UK electricity; it's impossible to recall a time of such promise for the sector.

There is, at last, genuine reason to envision a truly low carbon UK, and very soon too.