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This report updates a previous UKERC study, published in 2006, which reviews the evidence on integrating variable renewable sources such as wind and solar into power systems. The new report argues that the key challenge facing policymakers, regulators and markets is delivering a flexible, low carbon system that makes best use of variable renewables whilst minimising overall cost and enhancing security and reliability.

A new report by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, commissioned by the Welsh Government in 2015, identifies which low income households are the most vulnerable from the detrimental effects of living in cold homes, and which are in the greatest need of a home energy efficiency intervention. The research also tested the potential reach and impact of a new energy efficiency scheme using a number of different annual budgets.

Date and Time: 
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:00 to 12:30

City Hall, London

The H2FC SUPERGEN will launch three evidence based White Papers that will inform key stakeholders, especially policy makers, of the roles and potential benefits of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in: i) the future energy systems; ii) creating economic impact in the UK; iii) delivering energy security for the UK.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:30

University College London

This UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources & UCL Energy Institute joint public lecture features special guest speakers Michelle T Davies, Global Head of the Clean Energy and Sustainability Group, Eversheds,  and the Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change.

Priorities for energy security in the UK

By Robert Lyons on 15th February 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 08:30 to 13:00

London

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to assess initiatives and policy priorities for a secure energy supply. Delegates will consider the future mix of electricity generation sources for the UK, including the roles of fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy in delivering reliable and affordable energy.

Applications now open for 2017 CIED Summer School

By Robert Lyons on 1st February 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 09:00 to Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 17:00

The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) Summer School, which takes place on 10-12 July 2017 at the University of Sussex, will provide a unique opportunity to highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to hear from leading thinkers in the fields of innovation and energy demand. Researchers will also take part in collaborative learning and participatory activities and meet other research students and early career researchers from around the world.

Greening the grid

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

This extended article, now available on the ESRC website notes that while a future where renewable energy prevails is a dream for many, today the UK is still heavily reliant on older power generation technology such as coal, gas and nuclear. What steps are necessary to make the renewable energy future a reality?

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Call for Papers: Beyond Oil: mobilising alternative futures

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Calls

The next Beyond Oil conference will be held in Bergen, Norway on 25-27 October 2017.

Papers are welcomed on the following themes:

  • Capacities for change: theorising the inertia and instability of energyscapes;
  • Mobilising and/or scaling climate and energy transformations;
  • Politicising urban life: power and inequality in transformations;
  • Innovative methods and processes for research, learning and governance.

The closing date for abstracts is 28 April 2017.

Date and Time: 
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 09:30 to 15:30

Open University, Milton Keynes

Part of the ESRC Seminar Series (2015-17) – Green Innovation: Making it Work.

The Speird Project

By Robert Lyons on 14th December 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The Scottish Government’s statistics now show that rural households spend more on energy to heat their homes than urban equivalents. However, research conducted by the project team using data from households in Renfrewshire has found this ‘energy spend gap’ is more significant than those statistics suggest, whilst other research has shown that influences on the energy spend of rural households are also highly multi-facted.

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