Renewable energy sources will dominate the power mix in 2030. Data centres could provide much-needed flexibility, but concerns over the impact on their customers must be addressed, says BloombergNEF.
The availability of land and sea – and consent to use them – is the biggest bottleneck renewables face, says Mads Nipper, CEO of Ørsted, the world's biggest offshore wind developer, in conversation with Energy Monitor. He also stresses the critical role of grids and hydrogen.
Universities are major institutions that have a key role to play in the energy transition to net zero, both via their own decarbonisation and as “living laboratories” to advance clean technologies.
Distributed power was supposed to solve Africa’s electricity deficit, but much more investment is needed in off-grid and mini-grid solutions to make up this shortfall.
LNG exports are sending an increasing share of the US’s natural gas production overseas, exposing the domestic market to higher global prices. Surging gas prices make renewables even more attractive.
Unlocking clean energy potential in the North Sea calls for cross-border and cross-sector alignment, says a report by two research centres.
Visible change: Why the future of electrification is defined by transparency, data and digitalisation
Smart electrical infrastructure at low and medium-voltage levels is a fundamental element of a fully networked energy system. Andreas Matthé of Siemens Smart Infrastructure outlines how greater connectivity is building intelligence into electrification.
Fossil fuel markets are becoming more unstable due to both geopolitics and the energy transition. Meanwhile, new technology means 'variable' power supply does not have to be 'unreliable'.
Only 24% of Paris Agreement signatories have referred to grid improvements – essential to build out renewables – in national climate plans that are meant to get the world on track to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
The reliability outlook for Australia’s national grid is positive, despite record lows in minimum demand by 2025 due to growth in rooftop solar PV, says grid operator AEMO.
Bringing the UK Electricity System Operator back under state control could help better manage the challenges of a system based largely on renewables, as well as aiding the move towards net zero.
For communities looking to achieve energy resilience and engage in the energy transition, an intelligently managed microgrid system can optimise flexibility, while cutting costs and carbon emissions.