Renewables, particularly wind and solar feature prominently as part of the UK’s future energy mix. Energy independence from unstable international prices and political independence in terms of secure imports, providing economic growth and the creation of jobs are some of the driving factors. With subsidies, many companies jumped at the opportunity as a viable commercial […]

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For UoM Policy Week I was involved in an event called ‘Powering the Northern Powerhouse’. This was a hypothetical scenario in which energy policy was devolved to the Northwest and the think tank ‘Potentia North’ was tasked with implementing an energy strategy. Four proposals based on current research were presented to the public, to spark […]

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Currently, the UK produces around 15% of its electricity from renewable sources, with a further 20% being generated by nuclear power and the rest coming from fossil fuel sources. To put this in to perspective, this year Costa Rica has gone 75 days straight using renewable sources for 100% of its electricity and Sweden, a […]

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The UK has committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80% over the next 35 years.1 Balancing supply with demand while achieving this reduction is extremely challenging. Play the UK government’s ‘My 2050’ to see if you can do it.2 Renewable energy (wind, solar and bioenergy) surpassed coal for the first time in supplying the UK’s electricity for […]

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