We all know energy technology is developing rapidly and a recent report issued by BEIS reflects exactly how rapidly with a publication that comes straight out of Star Trek.
‘Space Based Solar Power - De-risking the pathway to Net Zero’ claims that “Space Based Solar Power has the potential to provide a major contribution to energy generation across the globe. Spaced Based Solar Power provides scalable, base load energy, with a range of desirable characteristics.”
From a local government procurement perspective, the guidance makes it clear that responsibility for green claims could be with a manufacturer, a retailer or another party in the supply chain and this is something buyers need to bear in mind.
This agenda is full of contradictions. With every good news story comes a bad news story and no doubt that will be the pattern for a long time to come. That’s not a reason for the positive minded amongst us to change our attitude but it does remind us of the scale of the challenge ahead.
This is just a short note on two developments from this week.
So the end of halogen light bulb is on the way. The government has this week formally announced the end of the sale of halogen light bulbs from this September, as part of the UK’s wider efforts to tackle climate change and legislation being brought forward this month will include the removal of fluorescent lights from shelves from September 2023.
We are supporting a number of councils with drawing up electric vehicles strategies and data is fundamental in this process too. Major change needs planning and a strategy – as much at the local level as at the national. The issues are similar but not identical for each area. If you have a strategy that’s great but if you don’t add it to your ‘to do‘ list.
A recent article in a ‘Clean Energy Pipeline’ email noted how asset management firm Gresham House and renewables developer Anesco, plan to deploy 200 MW of new subsidy-free solar. The news is more about how they will be collaborating in a competitive and growing market, than the proliferation of solar. Another article in the Summer, reported that the pipeline of new large-scale solar sites is more than 9GW in the UK.