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Low carbon sources generated more than 50% of UK electricity in 2017

Derived from the flow of electric charge, electricity has become an integral part of modern life. Many work, communication, transport and leisure activities depend on this form of energy. In most cases it is also an invisible form of energy, which makes it easy to forget its important role in our lives. Most electricity globally is produced in large power plants, where energy from burning coal, natural gas, or oil is converted into electricity. This electricity flows through the transmission and distribution grid, into our homes and businesses. However, renewable sources such as the sun, wind, water and biomass are being used to produce increasingly large proportions of global electricity.

Learn more about these sources of electricity by exploring our Energy Matrix.
Discover UK energy professionals' views of the future of electricity, gathered in our annual Energy Barometer.  
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Last Look: Marc Height looks at the UK’s rapidly evolving electricity grid

2018-5-25
The Royal Wedding resulted in a ‘pick-up’ (surge in demand) of around 1.5 GW, as viewers tuned in, boiled kettles and opened fridges – as the National Grid Control Room’s T...

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MENA regions needs $260bn investment to meet electricity demand

2018-5-1
Electricity demand and consumption have been growing rapidly in the MENA (Middle Esat and North Africa) region, driven by population growth and urbanisation, rising income levels, industrialisation an...

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Making local electricity data openly available

2018-3-26
A new project led by EA Technologies and Western Power Distribution is looking to improve local electricity network efficiency through access to data. Richard Potter writes.

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European Commission approves six electricity capacity mechanisms

2018-2-23
The European Commission (EC) has approved under EU State aid rules electricity capacity market mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland, finding that the measures will contribu...

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Low carbon ‘generated more than half of UK electricity last year’

2018-1-26
The continuing growth of renewable energy means we are used to seeing new records being set – and reported in Energy World – for power generation from renewables. But recent acceleration...

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Technical guidance publications

Design, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of filling stations (known as the Blue Book)

2018
The fourth edition of Design, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of filling stations (also known as the Blue Book) is essential reading for all those involved in the design, c...

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Assessing and managing the risk of arc flash

2018
The objective of this publication is to provide a practical approach to the management of arc flash risk within electrical installations. It provides general guidance on the causes of arc flash events...

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HM 62. Guidelines for cargo inspection order management

2018
This document is free to download for registered users of this site.This publication has been prepared for those persons involved in the order management aspect of an independent inspection and specif...

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G+ Safe by Design workshop report: WTG access and egress

2018
This publication is available to download for free for registered users.The latest G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+) Safe by Design workshop focused on the issues associated ...

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Technical workshop proceedings: Decentralised energy

2017
This publication is available to download for free by registering/logging in to this site.These proceedings provide a summary of topics presented and discussed at an EI technical workshop on decentral...

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