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Digitalisation offers an opportunity to make power grids more resilient but could also make the energy system more vulnerable, say researchers at the tech academy alliance ESYS. Smart grids and the coupling of different sectors, including smart meters can help Germany come closer towards reaching its climate targets. However, the smart meter rollout has been stalled due to security concerns and technical defects and software bugs all pose future risks. A greater reliance on digital solutions is seen as crucial to achieve a full transformation away from centralised fossil power sources.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF) have launched a fund for energy entrepreneurs to turn their eco ideas into a reality in a bid to make changes before 2050. This could include innovations for energy efficiency in homes, sourcing greener power or improving green transport infrastructure. The funding will be shared between 15-20 projects with the hope of backing the UK's next generation of innovators.
The share of small energy suppliers in the gas and electricity market has grown over time. A new report by Cornwall Insight shows the collective gas market share of small suppliers has grown from 17% to 56.2% over 15 years. Over the same period the share of meters provided by small suppliers in the electricity market has grown from 3.6% to 28.2%. Research also suggests that the combined market share of meters of the Big 6 has decreased.
'Future Power Technology' has released an executive brief about the global net-zero emissions and energy industry. Japan has made a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050. Part of the supplement highlights the strides that Japan is taking to reach net-zero emissions and what will be required to reach that goal. The release brings up the discussion surrounding the opportunities and challenges that Japan faces. Click here to read more
More than 10 million smart meters are now connected to Britain's national smart meter network. The DCC revealed that over 5.5 million smart meters have been connected since the onset of the pandemic and the 10 millionth was installed by E.On Energy this morning. The smart meter rollout is a key player in creating a flexible energy system and allowing the UK to move away from fossil fuels.
Race To Zero is a global campaign to mobilise leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors for a healthy, resilient and fair, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. The Race to Resilience campaign runs alongside the Race to Zero to build resilience for 4 billions people who are vulnerable to climate risks such as extreme heat, drought, flooding and sea level rise.
Ovo, the second largest energy supplier in Britain plans to launch an EV charging tariff half the usual price at a flat rate of 6p/kWh. The Ovo Drive Anytime tariff is designed to protect the drivers from fluctuating energy prices. This type of tariff is allowing EV cars to become more accessible and affordable, meaning more people are considering making the switch. If you're thinking about it you can find answers to some of the commonly asked questions here.
The car industry is in a state of flux. The demand for diesel cars is dropping and tough new EU regulations are increasing the need for more electric cars. These reasons, among others are why automakers such as Volkswagen and Nissan are ramping up their production of electric vehicles. There are encouraging signs that consumer interest in EV's is picking up and 2021 could be a significant year for the industry.
Energy UK's latest switching figures show that 6 million customers switched supplier in 2020. Compared to the record number of switches in 2019 the switching levels were down by 6.5%, however results show that half a million customers still move to a new supplier every month.
New energy Supplier, Rebel Energy aims to disrupt the energy market later on this year and we are proud to empower them with our energy SaaS platform. CEO, Dan Bates explains that he wants his company to offer transparency and engagement to UK energy consumers.
The annual UK energy satisfaction survey results are out and we have seen very strong result across our UK customers as they transform customer experience of energy with the top score, recommended providers, fastest call times and forming much of the top ten.
In the most recent Future Homes Standard consultation the government has restated its commitment to heat pumps to help new homes and commercial buildings reach net zero as quickly as possible. It is vital that low carbon heating systems are integral to the specification of the Future Home Standard and heat pumps are anticipated to become the primary heating technology for news homes.
The automotive industry has made significant steps for EV's as it is announced that a battery capable of a full charge in 5 minutes has been produced. EV's are a vital element to tackle the climate crisis and these new lithium-ion batteries will increase the mileage in-between charges, making EV's a more popular choice with consumers.
The pandemic has bought about various unexpected environmental upsides such as reduced emissions and improved air quality, however with COP26 less than a year away we need to focus our attention on how we will decarbonise transport, heat buildings and beyond. Many of these changes will depend on innovations such as heat pumps, flexible energy systems and EV's. Our mission at ESG is to provide innovative technology that empowers global energy leaders to deliver their future promise of energy.
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