Nov 6, 2017

Germany hits record high of renewable energy generation in October

Renewable Energy
Germany
Sophie Chapman
1 min
Germany creates new record for wind and solar energy generated
The solar and wind power generated in Germany throughout the month of October has reached a record high. According to rese...

The solar and wind power generated in Germany throughout the month of October has reached a record high.

According to research released by IWR on behalf of Entsoe-e, 14.6bn kWh of energy was creating last month.

This is almost double the production of last October, and significantly beats the previous record of 12.5bn kWh set in March this year.

IWR suggested that there are a number of reasons for this, including storm “Herwart” that led to such a high generation of wind power that Germany gave energy away for free.

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On 28 October, between the hours of 7:00pm and 8:00pm, wind turbines created 39,200MW in Germany.

12.5bn kWh of October’s power generation was sourced from wind turbines, and 2.2bn kWh of that came from offshore facilities.

Photovoltaic (PV) also set a new record by contributing 27% more energy than the same month last year.

However, the 2.1bn kWh – which was 5% of electricity generation in Germany that month – is almost a third less than what was generated in September.

The share of renewable energy was at a new record level of 44.1%.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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