Energy Atlas 2018: Figures and Facts about Renewables in Europe.
Heinrich Boll (accessed) 3rd Oct 2018 read more »
Dave Elliott” Some technologies win, others lose, at least in the short term. The UK tidal power industry has been taking stock after the UK government decision not to proceed with the 320 MW Swansea lagoon as it saw it as too costly. “We saw no appetite from government to think differently, which suggests there’s a systemic obstacle to innovation,” said Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd. Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester, UK, and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Marine Energy & Tidal Lagoons, reckons the government needed to be clearer about how it would compare the costs of different energy sources: “How do you compare a price for marine energy relative to sources around for almost 60 years (nuclear) or much shorter periods (wind), but which have reached their current price after c.£18 billion of subsidy? If everything is priced from the latest offshore wind bids of CfD [contract for difference] of £55 per kWh, the chances of much marine energy being added to the mix are very modest.” If we are to move towards the widespread use of new smart energy systems at all levels, using cheap PV and the like, there will be a need for some sort of replacement for the FiT. As well as for some system to help the less developed renewables, like wave and tidal power, to progress. Assuming, that is, that wind and PV don’t wipe all else off the map.
Physics World 3rd Oct 2018 read more »