The package of reforms outlined in the Electricity Market Reform will set the framework for some of the most significant changes in the UK market for many years. Implementation requires fundamental changes in many parts of the existing arrangements and the exact details of how these will be enacted are currently under discussion.
The reforms are wide ranging and therefore I split them over a number of posts. The first – this post – considers the reforms as they relate to emissions.
On the 21st September 2012 the East-West Interconnector linking the United Kingdom with Ireland went live. This high-voltage direct current submarine and subsoil power cable connects the British and Irish electricity markets and is the culmination of a project that was first proposed in the early 1970′s.
Further links are planned with Norway and Spain as well as Iceland, which has geothermal and hydroelectric surpluses. Ireland also has more interconnector projects in the planning phase as it seeks to take advantage of its ocean winds by building more turbines
This post presents a review and consideration of European transmission networks along with a more detailed examination of the issues present in the German, UK and French grids.
The networks considered, along with those throughout Europe, are facing two potentially conflicting forces; the economic downturn has seen a retraction in network investment heightened by the strong underlying prices for raw materials which has slammed up against the broadening needs of a diversifying generation mix.
Nuclear power remains the first choice for the French power industry but there are challenges on the horizon.
A sceptical stance during the election amongst Mr Hollande has softened but still presents downsides for the nuclear industry and especially so for the state controlled EdF. On a more favourable tone, interest in renewables remains strong.
Exit signs are so ubiquitous that they’re almost invisible. Every public building has them. In fact, they are so common that, taken together, these little signs consume a surprisingly large amount of energy.
Each one uses relatively little electricity, but they are on all the time. And we have a lot of them in our schools, factories, and office buildings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are more than 100 million exit signs in use today in the U.S., consuming 30–35 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually.
This post and video talk about traffic to the blog and further examples of how to convert the current time into a number representing how many half-hour periods have elapsed during the day using both VBA and Python. These calculations are often involved in the UK Power market.
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