Come and hear and talk about 100 per cent renewable electricity and all energy for the UK on April 22nd

Forget fossil fuels, forget nuclear power! Go for 100% renewable UK!

Come to our seminar on April 22nd when the model and the issues surrounding the objective of 100percent renewables for the UK it will be extensively discussed. We shall also be discussing the UK Government’s Energy Bill and what we need to speed the UK’s energy transition.

Confirmed speakers so far include: introduction by Caroline Lucas MP,  Jonathon Porritt (Forum for the Future), Charmian Larke (Atlantic Energy), Professor Christian Breyer (LUT University), Professor Mark Barrett (UCL), Professor Nick Eyre (University of Oxford), Dr Doug Parr (Greenpeace), Alethea Warrington (Possible), Rianna Gargiulo (Friends of the Earth and Divest UK), Alison Downes (Stop Sizewell C) Ian Fairlie and David Toke (both 100percentrenewableuk) and Dave Andrews (Claverton Group)

You can either attend the event in-person (that’s better as you can talk to people, be social and make contacts),

£20 admittance to the in-person event at Conway Hall, London, SIGN UP HERE  

or if  or if you cannot attend in person  it is £30 admittance to the virtual (online) version of the event SIGN UP HERE

See our recently published report on 100 per cent renewable in the Uk by 2050

New report shows £100bn savings with 100% renewable energy Net Zero plan

 

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New report shows £100bn savings with 100% renewable energy Net Zero plan

A new report concludes that a 100% renewable energy mix for the UK would save well over £100bn in achieving net zero by 2050, compared to the UK Government’s current strategy. It would also mean more than 20% lower cumulative carbon emissions in the process. The study, carried out by renowned energy modelling academics at LUT University in Finland, involves hour-by-hour simulation of different scenarios for reaching net zero for UK energy systems.

The report was commissioned by 100percentrenewableuk, with energy modelling academics from LUT University, a cutting-edge science university in Finland.

It is the first time that a 100% renewable model has been directly compared to the current UK Government’s pathway, which includes nuclear power and fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage. Besides saving enormous sums of money, a fully renewable energy system would also ensure the UK’s energy security.

‘The benefits of a fully renewable energy system in achieving net zero are clear,’ said Dr David Toke, specialist in energy politics and the report’s convenor. ‘Far from simply keeping the lights on, they ensure secure and reliable energy for the UK, with huge economic savings compared to other options and incredible job creation opportunities.’

The study identifies a preferred scenario focusing on offshore wind, which includes large amounts of inter-annual energy storage to cope with fluctuations in wind power outputs within and between years. The report concludes that the more onshore wind power and solar photovoltaics are used, the cheaper the path to net zero becomes. All scenarios studied include the same assumptions for demands for energy services. Real 100% zero carbon emissions are reached, which is more than the Government’s pathway will achieve.

The research presents several energy system transition pathways to 100% renewable energy in 2050 in high-spatial and temporal resolution, by describing the energy system of the UK in full detail from the starting point of today in five-year time steps until 2050. In total, four scenarios were conducted, only one of which (IAS) which has inter-annual storage:

  • One scenario, called Best Policy Scenario (BPS), aimed for 100% renewable energy in 2050, with offshore wind as the main resource, limiting onshore wind and solar photovoltaics according to available land area;
  • A second scenario called Inter-Annual Storage (IAS) adds on (to the BPS) required inter-annual storage needed to provide good levels of insurance against the possibilities of low-wind years;
  • A third scenario (BPSplus) tested the limits of higher land area availability for onshore wind and solar photovoltaics, and where also renewable electricity-based e-fuel imports are allowed;
  • Finally, a fourth scenario – Current Policy Scenario (CPS) – adopted the UK Government’s strategy for net zero as published in 2020.

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, said: ‘Here in the UK we have an amazing opportunity to do our bit – by meeting all our energy needs (not just electricity) from renewables and storage by 2050. If you’re sceptical about the feasibility of that ambition level, then dig deep into this report – and see your hope rekindled!’

Dr Toke continued: ‘The implications of this report are huge. All public and enforced consumer spending on new nuclear power and carbon capture and storage should be scrapped and instead funding should be put into renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage capacity.’

The report also found that storing renewable energy as renewable electricity-based methane in conventional natural gas storage facilities is the most cost-effective means of inter-annual storage. The methane is converted from air captured CO2 and green hydrogen using renewable electricity. This strategy avoids the use of natural gas from environmentally destructive drilling as required by UK Government scenarios (with carbon capture and storage). Government projections involve producing large amounts of electricity and hydrogen from natural gas.

THE FULL REPORT CAN BE ACCESSED HERE: 100percentRenewableuk.org/…/100-RE-23-Dec-.pdf

INCLUDED AND ALSO ADDITIONAL CHARTS AND FIGURES CAN BE SEEN HERE: 100_percent_RE_UK_Results_R2_final2

Come to our Conference on April 22nd when the model and the issues surrounding it will be extensively discussed. Confirmed speakers so far include: introduction by Caroline Lucas MP,  Jonathon Porritt (Forum for the Future), Charmian Larke (Atlantic Energy), Professor Christian Breyer (LUT University), Professor Mark Barrett (UCL), Professor Nick Eyre (University of Oxford), Dr Doug Parr (Greenpeace), Alethea Warrington (Possible), Rianna Gargiulo (Friends of the Earth and Divest UK) and Alison Downes (Stop Sizewell C).

You can either attend the event in-person (that’s better as you can talk to people, be social and make contacts),

£20 admittance to the in-person event at Conway Hall, London, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/100-renewable-energy-and-electricity-for-britain-by-2050-in-person-tickets-514790701847

or if  or if you cannot attend in person  it is £30 admittance to the virtual (online) version of the event at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/100-renewable-energy-and-electricity-for-britain-by-2050-virtual-tickets-514832998357

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Exaggerated fusion breakthrough is for military purposes

The claims for a breakthrough in fusion power are not only exaggerated but in reality concerned principally with military objectives.

This test, carried out by the National Ignition Facility at US Government’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), was mainly to facilitate the testing of nuclear weapons. This fact was missed in almost all the hyperbole surrounding the test.

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Twice as many people support onshore wind compared to nuclear power according to UK Government survey

Renewable energy of all sorts is at least twice as popular with the British public compared to nuclear power according to the newly released ‘BEIS Public Opinion Tracker Autumn 2022‘. Solar power was supported or strongly supported by 89% of respondents, offshore wind by 85% and onshore wind by 79%. This was compared to only 37% for nuclear power, 25% for fracking and 44% for carbon capture and storage. The survey recorded that just 29% of people believe that nuclear energy ‘provides a safe source of energy in the UK’.

83% of people were ‘concerned’ or ‘very concerned’ about climate change. The most popular change in behaviour favored by the public to deal with climate change is ‘to choose to walk or cycle instead of using a car’.

Academics have received a boost by the results which say that 86% of the public trust ‘a great deal’ or ‘to some extent’ scientists at universities. This compares to just 15% for social media, 41% for newspapers and 47% for the UK Government.

The results of the surveys clash heavily with Government priorities. Onshore wind is still (despite recent claimed changes) highly restricted compared to other energy generation technologies. Onshore wind schemes must demonstrate that they have the support of the local community.

On the other hand in the case of nuclear power, when it is proved that local people do not want a nuclear power station, they are simply overruled by the Government. Earlier this year the Planning Inspectorate ruled that the application for planning consent for Sizewell C nuclear power plant should be rejected. However, this was overruled by the then BEIS Secretary Kwasi Kwateng, who approved the project.

By David Toke

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Government gives much more joy to onshore solar than wind

The past week has seen the media full of stories about how the Government has done a u-turn on wind power to allow windfarms to be planned in England. This is less than half true. Crippling restrictions on planning new English windfarms will remain whereas, in contrast, a less publicised announcement favouring solar farms will have much more positive impact for renewable expansion.

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UK heat pump sales are the lowest in Europe – why?

Heat pump sales are surging throughout Europe, except the UK where gas interest-inspired myths about heat pumps hold sway. Heat pump sales are the lowest per household in the UK in all of the 21 countries covered by a report produced by the European Heat Pump Association. Sales in 21 European countries have doubled in 2021 compared to 2016.

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New homes standard could well be watered down with hydrogen greenwash and no support for solar panels

Gas industry lobbyists are working hard to water down the Government’s commitment to ban fossil fuel boilers in new homes from 2026, and there are signs they might win their battle. Not only that, but it looks like there will be no encouragement to install solar panels as a means of achieving carbon emission reductions. The new building regulations are supposed to be unveiled in 2024 (and implemented in 2026).

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The projected cost of new nuclear power has risen by fourfold since 2008 – and it is still rising

The projected cost of new nuclear power has risen by almost fourfold since the UK Government made estimates in 2008, and the cost is still rising. Nuclear analysts warn that the cost to consumers of funding Sizewell C through the so-called ‘Regulatory Asset Base’ (RAB) model will be much higher than has been projected by the Government.

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Why the renewables industry must settle with the Government over so-called windfall profits

The renewables industry is currently embroiled in an unedifying struggle with the Government over windfall profits. This should be ended quickly with an agreement that should keep the projects in business and save consumers lots and lots of money.

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Labour’s ‘Great British Energy’ Company likely to be a nuclear turkey

My ears perked up in eager anticipation when Keir Starmer, in his address to Labour’s Conference,  started talking about setting up a state-backed renewable energy development company. But I sighed with despair when it became clearer that this would be an investment conduit for what would be failing, black hole-type, nuclear projects.

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The current energy crisis reveals how UK Government misled people during Scottish independence debate

The current energy crisis reveals how UK Government misled people over renewables support during the debate over Scotttish independence in 2014.

During the Scottish independence debate in 2014 the impression was given by the UK Government that support for renewables under the renewables obligation would all but disappear, but the current debate in the energy crisis suggests that this was total nonsense.

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It’s not politicians’ fault that nuclear power is hopelessly delayed, it’s the nature of nuclear power itself

Recent days have seen Government ministers blaming opposition parties for the failure to deploy nuclear power in the UK. But the problem is not politicians, not the Conservatives, Labour or anyone else; it is the extreme difficulty of delivering nuclear power itself. Financially, it is a basket case, and any other technology with similar problems simply wouldn’t get past the lobbyists’ meetings with politicians.

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British gas exports surge shows how new gas supplies will not help UK consumers

According to the latest issue of Energy Trends, UK natural gas exports to the European continent hit a new height in the second quarter of 2022. A quantity equivalent to nearly 10 per cent of UK natural gas consumption (80 TWh) was exported to the continent. This is in the context of a massive buy-up by European storage facilities to prepare for winter consumption.

The extent of this trade highlights the fact that even if much larger quantities of natural gas is sucked from the North Sea or through fracking on land, it will make no discernable difference to the price British consumers have to pay for natural gas. More gas drilling just means that more product is available to sell to the highest bidder around the world. And the price of the highest bid will be determined today by the price of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) on the world market.

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