Draft decision in Australia for households and small business with solar panels pay to inject their surplus production into the grid raises concerns

Australian households with rooftop solar panels could be charged for exporting electricity into the power grid at times when it is not needed under proposed changes to the national electricity market. Bruce Mountain, Director, Victoria Energy Policy Centre at Victoria University writes on The Conversation website that this could prove to be a big mistake … Continue reading Draft decision in Australia for households and small business with solar panels pay to inject their surplus production into the grid raises concerns

There is currently limited evidence for a quick transition to renewables in Africa

Galina Alova and Philipp Trotter of the University of Oxford write on The Conversation website about how they see the energy transition unfolding in Africa. Worryingly, it is going to be difficult to transition to renewable energies. Renewables represent only 10 % of Africa’s electricity production and even though they will significantly expand this decade, … Continue reading There is currently limited evidence for a quick transition to renewables in Africa

Lessons learned from recent Texas disaster

The frigid disaster unfolding in Texas is being seen as a warning to urgently assess the resilience of key systems like electricity to the risks posed by the climate crisis. Carl Meyer discusses the issues in an article on the National Observer website.   Texas disaster shows need for climate audits of power grids, experts … Continue reading Lessons learned from recent Texas disaster

New study examines what will the electricity system in Ireland will look like in 2030 as it meets the challenges of renewable electricity policy, decarbonisation and security of supply

The carbon neutral energy transition means that our electricity grids have to be fit for purpose. Kevin O’Sullivan writes on the Irish Times website about a new report analysing what needs to happen in Ireland to be ready.   Electricity capacity predicted to rise 40% with emissions halved by 2030 By 2030, the electricity system … Continue reading New study examines what will the electricity system in Ireland will look like in 2030 as it meets the challenges of renewable electricity policy, decarbonisation and security of supply

California has had to adopt new measures to keep sufficient electricity supply

Last month as a heat wave slammed California (okay, now there are fires) and the state turned to electricity stored at businesses and even homes to meet electricity demand. Ivan Penn explains in an article on the New York Times website.   Its Electric Grid Under Strain, California Turns to Batteries When demand exceeded supply … Continue reading California has had to adopt new measures to keep sufficient electricity supply

A team of renewables heavyweights is pushing for a new grid infrastructure to link Europe’s wind and solar resource centres

While doubts remain over linking the continent’s wind and solar resource centres with a brand-new network of superconducting cables, one group is pushing forward for a new grid infrastructure.  Jason Deign explains in an article on the Greentech media website.   Europe’s Latest Supergrid Plan Could Slash Offshore Wind Transmission Costs A team of renewables … Continue reading A team of renewables heavyweights is pushing for a new grid infrastructure to link Europe’s wind and solar resource centres

Discussing bidirectional flow of power between EVs and grids

Alan Brent, Professor and Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems at Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand discusses how electric vehicles can contribute to the grid in an article on The Conversation website.   Climate explained: could electric car batteries feed power back into the grid? Technically it is possible. You … Continue reading Discussing bidirectional flow of power between EVs and grids

Construction work has begun on what will become the world’s longest electricity interconnector, which will allow clean energy to travel between the UK and Denmark

Harry Cockburn writes on The Independent website about the construction of a major new electricity interconnector between Britain and Denmark. The interconnector is planned to be in service in 2023.   Construction begins on world’s longest electricity cable to share clean power between UK and Denmark Construction work has begun on what will become the … Continue reading Construction work has begun on what will become the world’s longest electricity interconnector, which will allow clean energy to travel between the UK and Denmark

Critical electricity infrastructure is vulnerable to cyberattacks, particularly during a pandemic

Any cyberattack is of concern but as we try to decarbonise our energy systems, resulting in the increased use of electricity, these threats have to be a priority.  Henri van Soest, PhD Candidate in Land Economy at the University of Cambridge discusses many of the issues in an article on The Conversation website.   Cybercriminals … Continue reading Critical electricity infrastructure is vulnerable to cyberattacks, particularly during a pandemic

Some utilities are employing AI and machine learning to address the windfalls and fluctuations in energy usage resulting from COVID-19

We are often reading about new applications for artificial intelligence. Kyle Wiggers writes on the Venture Beat website about how AI is being used to address the windfalls and fluctuations in energy usage resulting from COVID-19.   How utilities are using AI to adapt to electricity demands The spread of the novel coronavirus that causes … Continue reading Some utilities are employing AI and machine learning to address the windfalls and fluctuations in energy usage resulting from COVID-19