Garioch District Heat - a community information event. A local answer to the energy crisis?

Garioch District Heat

Concerned about the cost of the energy crisis? – come along to this Information Event in Inverurie Town Hall on Saturday 7th May 2022

  • A Local Answer to the Energy Crisis

Did you know that 80% of your energy bill is for heating and hot water?  Come along to find out about Garioch District Heat – a community-owned company for community benefit.

Over £20M leaves our community every year to go to the big power companies. Let’s keep it here for the benefit of the community.

Come along  and find out just how you can help shape the future of energy use in The Garioch

  See -  www.gariochdistrictheat.net   for the link to book a free place, or click here to go direct to the booking site


A revolution in carbon capture and job growth

By Aniruddha Sharma 

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This rotating packed bed is at the heart of a revolution in carbon capture that will a huge impact on industrial emissions.

Roughly 40 percent of the American workforce lives in manufacturing-heavy working-class towns, neither cities nor farming-dominated rural regions. Many industries that these communities rely on are among the hardest to decarbonize, such as refineries, as well as cement and steel plants.

Finding a clean technology solution is vital to sustaining local job markets while also reducing emissions. There is a growing acceptance that carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) is this solution.

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US Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox toured Carbon Clean's technology at Doosan Babcock's Emissions Reduction Test Facility while in Glasgow for COP26 

Last fall’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act — the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden — allocated about $12 billion for carbon capture and industrial emission reduction, directly supporting a massive increase in the CO2 transport and storage infrastructure industries. The inclusion of this funding in the legislation points to the strong political need to ensure that American industries adapt to a net zero economy — and the importance of CCUS to achieving this.

This is also the case globally. The International Energy Agency is clear that it will be impossible to reach net zero without accelerating the industrial adoption of CCUS; deployment needs to be 50 percent higher than current projections to reach global net zero goals.

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ECIU cautions that barriers to onshore wind could cost £10bn by 2035

The UK currently has 14GW of onshore wind, which is set to grow to 20GW.

The UK currently has 14GW of onshore wind, which is set to grow to 20GW.

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has criticised the lack of governmental support for onshore wind, highlighting that by 2035 the shortfall in the rollout of the technology could cost each household £125.

It follows the release of the British Energy Security Strategy on 7 April, which – despite rumours that the government was set to triple onshore wind targets in the run-up to the document – provided little additional support or ambition for the technology.

This was met by disappointment from a number of groups, with many highlighting the broad public support – onshore wind is supported by 80% of the population, a figure that rises to 87% when households get cheaper bills due to local wind farms – and low cost of the technology.

Currently, the UK has 14GW of onshore wind; 8.5GW in Scotland, 2.9GW in England, 1.1GW in Wales and 1.2 GW in Northern Ireland, according to government data. Based on turbines currently under construction and projects that have received planning permission, this is set to rise to 20GW.

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UK Energy Strategy - Press Release

Graphic with the text 'Energy Security Strategy'
  • The Prime Minister’s plan boosts Britain’s energy security following rising global energy prices and volatility in international markets
  • bold new commitments to supercharge clean energy and accelerate deployment, which could see 95% of Great Britain’s electricity set to be low carbon by 2030
  • ambitious, quicker expansion of nuclear, wind, solar, hydrogen, oil and gas, including delivering the equivalent to one nuclear reactor a year instead of one a decade
  • over 40,000 more jobs in clean industries to be supported thanks to measures, totalling 480,000 jobs by 2030

Cleaner and more affordable energy to be made in Great Britain under bold plans to boost long-term energy independence, security and prosperity.

The government’s British Energy Security Strategy sets out how Great Britain will accelerate the deployment of wind, new nuclear, solar and hydrogen, whilst supporting the production of domestic oil and gas in the nearer term – which could see 95% of electricity by 2030 being low carbon.

The strategy will see a significant acceleration of nuclear, with an ambition of up to 24GW by 2050 to come from this safe, clean, and reliable source of power. This would represent up to around 25% of our projected electricity demand. Subject to technology readiness from industry, Small Modular Reactors will form a key part of the nuclear project pipeline.

A new government body, Great British Nuclear, will be set up immediately to bring forward new projects, backed by substantial funding, and we will launch the £120 million Future Nuclear Enabling Fund this month. We will work to progress a series of projects as soon as possible this decade, including Wylfa site in Anglesey. This could mean delivering up to eight reactors, equivalent to one reactor a year instead of one a decade, accelerating nuclear in Britain.

Our ambitious plans also include:

  • Offshore wind: A new ambition of up to 50GW by 2030 – more than enough to power every home in the UK – of which we would like to see up to 5GW from floating offshore wind in deeper seas. This will be underpinned by new planning reforms to cut the approval times for new offshore wind farms from 4 years to 1 year and an overall streamlining which will radically reduce the time it takes for new projects to reach construction stages while improving the environment.
  • Oil and gas: A licensing round for new North Sea oil and gas projects planned to launch in Autumn, with a new taskforce providing bespoke support to new developments – recognising the importance of these fuels to the transition and to our energy security, and that producing gas in the UK has a lower carbon footprint than imported from abroad.
  • Onshore wind: We will be consulting on developing partnerships with a limited number of supportive communities who wish to host new onshore wind infrastructure in return for guaranteed lower energy bills.
  • Heat pump manufacturing: We will run a Heat Pump Investment Accelerator Competition in 2022 worth up to £30 million to make British heat pumps, which reduce demand for gas.

We will also look to increase the UK’s current 14GW of solar capacity which could grow up to 5 times by 2035, consulting on the rules for solar projects, particularly on domestic and commercial rooftops.

We will aim to double our ambition to up to 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030, with at least half coming from green hydrogen and utilising excess offshore wind power to bring down costs. This will not only provide cleaner energy for vital British industries to move away from expensive fossil fuels, but could also be used for cleaner power, transport and potentially heat.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said:

We’re setting out bold plans to scale up and accelerate affordable, clean and secure energy made in Britain, for Britain – from new nuclear to offshore wind – in the decade ahead.

This will reduce our dependence on power sources exposed to volatile international prices we cannot control, so we can enjoy greater energy self-sufficiency with cheaper bills.

This plan comes in light of rising global energy prices, provoked by surging demand after the pandemic as well as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This will be central to weaning Britain off expensive fossil fuels, which are subject to volatile gas prices set by international markets we are unable to control, and boosting our diverse sources of homegrown energy for greater energy security in the long-term.

Consumer bills will be lower this decade than they otherwise would be as a result of the measures this government has taken.

The British Energy Security Strategy will also increase the number of clean jobs in the UK by supporting; 90,000 jobs in offshore wind by 2028 – 30,000 more than previously expected; 10,000 jobs in solar power by 2028 – almost double our previous expectations; and 12,000 jobs in the UK hydrogen industry by 2030 – 3,000 more than previously expected.

In total, the British Energy Security Strategy builds on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, and, together with the Net Zero Strategy, is driving an unprecedented £100 billion of private sector investment into new British industries including Offshore Wind and supporting 480,000 new clean jobs by the end of the decade.

Business and Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said:

We have seen record high gas prices around the world. We need to protect ourselves from price spikes in the future by accelerating our move towards cleaner, cheaper, home-grown energy.

The simple truth is that the more cheap, clean power we generate within our borders, the less exposed we will be to eye watering fossil fuel prices set by global markets we can’t control.

Scaling up cheap renewables and new nuclear, while maximising North Sea production, is the best and only way to ensure our energy independence over the coming years.

The strategy follows a series of engagement by the Prime Minister and ministers across government with key industry leaders, including from the oil and gas, wind and nuclear sectors. The government continue to work with industry in the coming weeks to drive forward these commitments as fast as industry can deliver.

Notes to editors:

  • Prices of renewables have been consistently decreasing, with the price of offshore wind dramatically falling by around 65% since 2015, onshore wind prices down 50% since 2013, and residential roof top solar panels are now less than 50% the price they were a decade ago.
  • In the immediate term, we’re providing £9 billion package of support for consumers to manage rising cost of living. This includes a £150 council tax rebate from April and a further £200 energy bill reduction in October to cut energy bills quickly for the majority of households, while the energy price cap continues to insulate millions of customers from even higher volatile global gas prices. We are investing over £6.6 billion to improve energy efficiency and decarbonise heating over this parliament. In the next few years this will deliver upgrades to over half a million homes, delivering average bill savings of £300.
  • To further drive down demand, and permanently reduce energy bills in the longer term, a temporary VAT cut on the installation of energy efficiency projects such as solar panels, insulation and heat pumps will be in place for the next five years to 2027.
  • Britain’s first nuclear power station in a generation, Hinkley Point C, is currently under construction, and we are in constructive negotiations with the developer on the Sizewell C project in Suffolk. The 2 projects combined would generate about 6.5GW of power.

UK Government set to double 2030 hydrogen power target to 10GW

The Government had issued £400m to explore the development of innovative low-carbon technologies such as hydrogen, with reports emerging that a 5GW national capacity target for hydrogen will be doubled to 10GW.

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by Matt Mace Published 6th April 2022


UK Government set to double 2030 hydrogen power target to 10GW

A new 10GW capacity target could be issued, consisting of 50% green hydrogen and 50% blue hydrogen that uses captured carbon

Through the Government’s UK Export Finance, a £400m sustainability-linked loan has been underwritten and given to Johnson Matthey, a London-based conglomerate company specialising in chemicals, batteries and sustainability technologies.

Johnson Matthey will use the loan to assist the development of sustainable productions such as hydrogen and chemicals recycling in a bid to unlock innovative measures to power homes and decarbonise transport. The company has committed to ensuring that 95% of its sales and R&D spend will contribute to sustainable projects by 2030.

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RenewableUK proposes plan for renewables to displace gas power in five years

Planning reforms to enable onshore wind is one of the key suggestions from RenewableUK. Image: Getty.

Planning reforms to enable onshore wind is one of the key suggestions from RenewableUK. Image: Getty.

Key steps to enable the UK to end its dependence on gas for electricity within five years are being proposed to the government by RenewableUK.

First among these steps is increasing the amount of new renewable capacity which will be secured in this year’s Contracts for Difference auction, by removing the limit on the amount of onshore wind capacity that can go ahead in the auction and raising the budget for offshore wind.

RenewableUK said there are now more shovel-ready projects than when the government set out its initial ambitions, and that by investing an extra £68 million in the budget for offshore wind, consumers’ exposure to gas can be cut by £1.5 billion.

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Report: Transition to EVs to result in extra 200TWh of electricity demand by 2030

8 February 2022, source edie newsroom

The transition to electric vehicles (EVs) will likely result in "bottlenecks" across Europe's electricity grids by 2030 unless governments and electricity network operators incentivise managed charging, new research has concluded.

Flexibility will need to be unlocked to help grids manage extra demands, the report explains

Flexibility will need to be unlocked to help grids manage extra demands, the report explains

Published today (8 February) by professional services giant EY and electricity industry group Eurelectric, the report explores how the expected surge in EV uptake across Europe will impact grid demands through to 2035.

Between now and 2035, the report states, up to 125 million additional EVs will be added to Europe’s vehicle stock. Within the same timeframe, at least 65 million charging points will be installed, of which nine million will be publicly accessible – up from less than 400,000 at present.

While this will undeniably have a positive impact on tailpipe emissions and on air pollution, it will pose challenges for electricity grids. The report forecasts that EV charging could increase peak load by up to 90% in areas with high EV uptake. Even in the best-case scenario, peak load would be 21% higher in 2035 than today, due to EV charging, and annual electricity demand will have increased by up to 30% year-on-year each year.

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Energy price volatility to last until 2030 at least, warns Cornwall Insight

Seasonal variability in the price cap is likely to grow without sufficient long-duration storage. Image: Getty.

Seasonal variability in the price cap is likely to grow without sufficient long-duration storage. Image: Getty.

Volatility in the wholesale energy market is likely to last until at least 2030 unless significant changes are made to long-term energy strategies, according to Cornwall Insight.

According to the research company’s Benchmark Power Curve, which monitors energy investment and operational decisions across a 30 year period, power prices could get increasingly volatile from 2026. There is likely to be significant seasonal variation in particular, with the difference between prices in the summer and winter standing at £95/MWh in 2026, rising to nearly £120/MWh by 2030.

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Report: Hydrogen blending for home heating would push energy prices higher

27 January 2022, source edie newsroom

The UK's plans to begin delivering gas blends of 20% hydrogen from next year would be unwise, a scientific study has concluded, as they would increase gas bills and exacerbate the existing price crisis.

Hydrogen produces no emissions at the point of use, but debate is rife about how best to produce it and what the most appropriate end uses are in the net-zero transition

Hydrogen produces no emissions at the point of use, but debate is rife about how best to produce it and what the most appropriate end uses are in the net-zero transition

The study, published this week in the 238th edition of the journal ‘Energy’, was conducted by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (Fraunhofer IEE) in Kassel, Germany.

It assesses how a 20% hydrogen blend in domestic gas supplies, predominantly used for heating, would impact the carbon impact of the gas across its life-cycle. How this blend would impact prices is also considered. All conclusions are based on a scenario taking place within the EU, but the researchers have stated that findings would likely be similar for the UK.

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Trio set to demonstrate ‘cutting-edge battery innovations’ at Oxfordshire testbed

The project will utilise the existing Science and Engineering Facilities Council’s solar array, at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. Image: Brill Power.

The project will utilise the existing Science and Engineering Facilities Council’s solar array, at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. Image: Brill Power.

AMTE Power, Brill Power and Starke Energy have teamed up to demonstrate three emergent energy storage technologies.

AMTE’s sodium-ion battery module, Brill Power’s battery intelligence technology and Stark Energy’s energy management system, which links stored energy into the electricity grid and markets, will be deployed together and integrated with a solar array located at the Science and Engineering Facilities Council's (STFC) facility at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.

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