There is a theme running through this issue of New Power. It is about scale. A shift to the small scale for the power industry, from large central generation to small local projects.
The changing structure of the power sector means there can be significant expansion with little notice, as small adjustments set off big changes.
The members of the British Electrical and Allied Manufacturers’ Association supply the kit from the biggest offshore wind farms to domestic smart meters.
A ‘new’ energy supply major could open the way to dramatic reductions in domestic energy-related carbon emissions and offer custokers a new relationship with their supplier.
The latest Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round has resulted in prices so low that it has shaken the assumptions behind renewables support schemes.
The UK’s solar farms may require additional inverter upgrades to ensure they can ‘ride through’ system faults, instead of acting in a way that exacerbates the system fault, as happened during August’s blackout.
What does the UK have to offer the world?
Investing in the power sector:
The Conservatives are targeting 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 and floating wind farms.
Engineering union Prospect’s senior deputy general secretary has to consider the future for thousands of members working across the energy industry.
Meeting social and environmental objectives is part of the role of energy networks, argues Adam Scorer