Apr 6, 2018

In March Portugal created enough renewable energy to power the entire nation

Renewable Energy
Europe
Sophie Chapman
2 min
According to REN, Portugal’s transmission system officer, the nation is likely to have set a record by generating more energy than required...

According to REN, Portugal’s transmission system officer, the nation is likely to have set a record by generating more energy than required to power itself for the whole month of March.

The country’s average renewable generation for last month was more than 103%, a rise from the previous record of 99.2% set in 2014.

Although water and wind were responsible for supplying the nation with the most electricity in March, Portugal still used some fossil fuel-powered and imported energy.

This was due to the unpredictable nature of renewable energy, with the nation relying on the alternative sources to even out supply.

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During the month, Portugal’s grid only ran off of 100% renewable energy for two periods of 70 hours, despite its four-day streak in 2016.

Portugal anticipates that it will be able to meet its mainland electricity demand with 100% renewable energy by 2040.

It is questionable as to whether 100% renewable energy supply is possible because of its unpredictability – however many nations have set their targets lower, with Germany aiming to reach 80% renewable by the middle of the century.

Denmark, Norway, and Iceland have already produce approximately 100% clean energy, using mainly hydropower and geothermal heat.

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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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