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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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CCA at 10 - 'The electricity grid boss' - Views from Steve Holliday FEI

1-11-2018
To coincide with the tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act receiving Royal Assent in the UK in November 2008, the Energy Institute convened a ‘virtual panel’ of ten figures who were in leading positions at the time - six of them now Fellows of the EI - to reflect on how it came t...

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Power line length to triple by 2050 to accommodate renewable electricity

12-09-2018
Installed power line length and capacity around the world will triple by 2050 to meet the growth in electrification and in new renewables, suggests a new report by DNV GL.The company says ‘massive’ expansion is expected in the world’s electricity transmission and distribution sy...

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Energy Insight: Electricity - UK: UK electricity demand by sector (DSS33)

1-09-2018
Electricity demand fell by 0.8% in 2017 from 356.7 TWh in 2016 to 353.8 TWh in 2017. A breakdown of the electricity demand shows losses accounted for 7.5% and final consumption accounted for 85%. Final consumption decreased by 1% in 2017 largely due to warmer temperatures (the average daily temperat...

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Tidal power plants – predictable electricity from the sea

1-09-2018
Although there is much attention being given to tidal stream power plants, which depend on flowing seawater, tidal range technology – barrages and lagoons which rely on the rise and fall of the tides – is more established and has a very large global potential. Bangor University’...

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Energy Insight: Electricity - renewables: hydro electricity production, OECD countries (DSS32)

1-09-2018
Production of electricity from hydroelectric plants has increased on average 0.6% per year from 1990 to 2017. There has been a rapid growth of electricity generation from other renewable sources from 1990 to 2017 which has caused a decrease in the share of electricity produced from hydro from 89.4% ...

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Events and training

Aviation jet fuel

1-10-2019
This 3-day training course will provide delegates with an overview of aviation jet fuel, focusing on the jet engine, its underlying principles and fuel requirements as well as the critical characteristics of jet fuel, including additives, Industry best practice adopted in the supply, handling and us...

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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, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of facilities for the storage and dispens...

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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 and the dangers to personnel, along with a risk assessment process and hierarchy of control measure...

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Guidance on managing environmental risks associated with land contamination at filling stations

2018
The intent of this publication is to act as a reference guide for individuals charged with the management of environmental risks associated with land and groundwater contamination at filling stations and to direct them to relevant legislation, codes of practice and other publications.It provides inf...

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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 with access and egress throughout a WTG and substructure (transfer from vessel/helicopter was not in...

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Guidelines for the uplift of petroleum, petroleum products and other fuels from retail filling stations and customers' tanks

2018
These guidelines have been prepared on the basis that most product uplift operations are outsourced to specialist uplift contractors by clients who encounter them infrequently. For the former, they identify hazards and necessary control measures, including specifications for appropriate equipment, a...

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