Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, the company that operates the gas and power transmission networks in the UK and in the northeastern US, believes the idea of large coal-fired or nuclear power stations to be used for baseload power is “outdated”. “From a consumer’s point of view, the solar on the rooftop is going to be the baseload. Centralised power stations will be increasingly used to provide peak demand”, he says, in an exclusive interview for World Energy Focus, a publication of the World Energy Council produced by Energy Post. The chief of National Grid also notes that energy markets “are clearly moving towards much more distributed production and towards microgrids”.
Nevertheless certain trends that are currently taking place are unmistakable, says Holliday. “The world is clearly moving towards much more distributed electricity production and towards microgrids. The pace of that development is uncertain. That depends on political decisions, regulatory incentives, consumer preferences, technological developments. But the direction is clear.”
So nuclear power stations will be used to meet peak demand? “If you have nuclear power in the mix, you will have to think about the size of these plants. Today they are enormous. You will need to find a way to get smaller, potentially modular nuclear power plants. I suspect they are going to be associated with fixed demand for businesses rather than household consumers in future, for demand that’s locked in. For small consumers you need flexibility.”
Martyn1981 wrote: »
Interesting article and comments from Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid: ...
ed110220 wrote: »
It's clear that opposition to wind farms etc is from a fairly small but vocal and influential minority, magnified by the populist media (and I mean populist in the most negative sense of the term), extreme ideologues and fossil fuel interests.
At the risk of ageism, it is mostly an older, relatively affluent demographic who have the resources, time and skills to get their voices heard.
zeupater wrote: »
(and this is really sticking the tongue as far as it'll push against the cheek) is, "Cardew, is that you?" .... .... maybe not then, but at least the thought made me smile ... :cool:;)
Cardew wrote: »
Remind me again please;)
1. When is the maximum load on the grid in UK?
2. How much is solar contributing to that maximum load at that time?
3. By how much does solar reduce the UK's 'conventional' and Nuclear generation capacity to cope with that maximum demand on the grid?
zeupater wrote: »
A lot depends on how 'peak' is perceived ... is it the total demand (which fits a 'historical' model) ?, or is it the short-term additional demand above base-load (which matches an evolving 'technology/efficiency' model) ?, which is really the crux of his points in a changing marketplace .... Ah well, interesting article & viewpoint though ....
The UK has dropped out of the top ten of a respected international league table on renewable energy for the first time since it began 12 years ago.
In its quarterly report published on Wednesday, EY said the new Conservative government had sentenced the renewable energy industry to “death by a thousand cuts” and investor confidence in the sector had collapsed because of policy changes over the summer.
An EY energy analyst said that “investors are scratching their heads” to understand the government’s policy changes in recent months, putting at risk the UK’s reputation as a “safe harbour” for investment. When the last rankings were published in June, the UK was sat in 8th place, but it has now dropped to 11th.
Some environmentalists have described the period since the election of the Conservative government in May as the worst for environmental policy in decades.
Proponents of renewable energy have lambasted the Energy Secretary Amber Rudd and the Conservative government for "willfully hiding" the expected shortfall from public scrutiny while cutting support for solar and wind subsidies.
U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd admitted on Tuesday that the country’s government did not have the “right policies” to meet its renewable energy target.
Speaking before a Parliamentary Committee, Rudd confirmed that the U.K. would miss the European Union-mandated requirement of a 15% share of renewables in the country’s energy consumption by 2020, according to a report by Huffington Post UK. “We don’t have the right policies, particularly in transport and heat in order to make those 2020 target,” Rudd said.
The admission followed the leak of an Oct. 29 letter she wrote to a number of fellow cabinet officials warning that the U.K. was set to miss its goal and added that the “absence of a credible plan” to meet the target could lead to fines from the EU Court of Justice and a judicial review.
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