Grid bottlenecks could derail Europe’s renewable energy boom

Rystad Energy’s current base case forecast has Europe adding as much as 530 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV and onshore and offshore wind between 2022 and 2030, more than 66 GW per year on average. Furthermore, the share of solar and wind combined as a share of total installed capacity surpassed 10% in 2010 and…

UK and EU sign offshore renewable energy agreement

The UK Minister for Energy and Climate Graham Stuart signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the North Seas Energy Cooperation (NSEC) forum on Sunday (18 December). The move forms part of the UK’s commitments under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and it will see the forum look to develop renewable projects across the…

EU ministers discuss joint gas purchases, electricity market reform

PRAGUE – European Union (EU) energy ministers held an informal meeting here on Wednesday to discuss solutions for high gas prices, preparing for the energy situation this winter, and a possible revision of the electricity market. Discussions aimed to define the European Commission’s legislative proposals on joint gas purchases and possible price capping, according to…

The UK is the latest country to ready for blackouts and power shortages this winter, as Europe’s energy crisis intensifies, according to a report

The UK is the latest country preparing to implement emergency measures this winter as soaring gas and electricity prices fuel an energy crisis in Europe. The British government is prepared to trigger emergency measures in January to conserve gas as electricity imports fall, according to Bloomberg. A number of countries, including Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark…

Taoiseach tells French summit that Ireland aims to become exporter of energy

Ireland’s aim is to become an energy exporter but it remains vulnerable currently because of its dependence on imported fossil fuels, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has declared. Speaking at a French summit of 40 world leaders, Mr Martin said Ireland’s “way out” of dependence on foreign supplies will rely on offshore wind, especially “floating” turbines, green…