Have you ever been on a roller coaster that goes from 0 – 80 mph in under 2 seconds? Remember that feeling when the ride has finished? If not, trust us when we say it takes your breath away and leaves you excited, terrified, relieved and wanting more.
Well, 2018 has been a bit like that for clean technology. Stories covering the development of low carbon transport and its infrastructure, the emergence of cost-effective battery storage, an increasing percentage of renewable electricity on our grid and, let’s not forget, the huge plastic problem that has come to light over the year and the looming threat of global climate change.
News in 2018 certainly stirred up a huge range of emotions in all of us at Resonates, so we thought we’d share 12 of the best feel-good CNR stories from 2018.
January breezed in with the news that 2017 was the greenest year ever in the UK with 13 clean energy records smashed in total – including the first day when wind, nuclear and solar generated more power than gas and coal. The BBC noted that the amount of renewable power produced in 2017 could have powered Britain for the whole of 1958!
UK smashes 13 clean energy records in 2017 - OilPrice.com
February kept up the feel-good news by reporting that Europe installed 13 new offshore wind farms in 2017, a total of 3.1GW out of which the UK installed 1.7GW – more than half!
UK installed more than half of Europe's offshore wind last year - Energy Live News
Electric vehicles have really hit the headlines this year and there is a lot of interest as to how vehicle-to-grid technology can allow millions of cars to become a vital part of the UK energy system.
Study looks at how to reward drivers that use electric cars to support the national power network - Automotive Testing Technology International
Every week, Edie publishes a great summary of the best green innovations of the week – and who can resist an article about elephant dung paper?
May brought news that 85% of the public support renewable energy with just 3% opposed to it… this is the highest level of support recorded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) since the tracker began in 2012.
In June, the Financial Times published a special report titled FT Guide: The Energy Transition. A meaty piece of writing looking at global leadership and climate change policy, and one of a series of special reports on energy published in 2018.
Summer was great this year, wasn’t it? And it was particularly good for the UK’s solar farms -records tumbled with generation exceeding 8GW for 8 consecutive days in a row and solar regularly making up 20% of the electricity on the grid.
Solar delivers more electricity than any other technology as heatwave continues - Solar Power Portal
August was still an exciting month for solar, but it was also exciting for battery storage. This was the month that battery assets were first used in the balancing mechanism via a virtual power plant.
Demand side response (DSR) has become an increasingly popular topic of conversation this year. It is an essential part of the strategy required to keep the grid stable and the lights on, and it has the potential to earn significant incomes for homes and businesses.
Why DSR is an essential part of our energy future - The Energyst
Positive news from Europe, in October about tackling plastic in oceans. MEPS backed a ban on single-use plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks. It’s not a solution by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a step in the right direction.
The significant news in November was the suspension of the UK capacity market (CM). Tempus Energy challenged the policy in the courts on the basis that the CM unfairly favoured large generation over cleaner technologies like demand side response.
According to Tempus: “This ruling should ultimately force the UK Government to design an energy system that reduces bills by incentivizing and empowering customers to use electricity in the most cost-effective way – while maximising the use of climate-friendly renewables.”
Reforming the CM is a huge opportunity for the government to create an energy system fit for the 21st century. Let’s hope they take it.
Two words – David Attenborough. Chosen to speak for the people of the world at the UK Climate Summit in Poland, Sir David delivered a sobering but united message: ““The world’s people have spoken. Time is running out. They want you, the decision-makers, to act now. Leaders of the world, you must lead. The continuation of civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend is in your hands.”
We hear you David… let’s hope in 2019 that the global leaders do too.