Climate crisis could lead to more wind power, says report

Scientists say shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered rapid wind speed riseThe global climate crisis could help to generate more renewable electricity by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according…

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Household batteries will be key to UK’s new energy strategy

UK to pioneer energy innovation through batteries in homes as energy department announces £246m research funding

Batteries and renewable power sources are on the verge of bringing about an “epochal transformation” of the UK that could make energy clean, abundant and very cheap, according to a cabinet minister.

As the government unveiled plans for a more flexible energy system and £246m of funding for battery research, Greg Clark told the Guardian that a smarter grid would “radically” bring down bills.

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Alarm sounded over delays to develop UK mini nuclear reactors

Lords scold government for lack of progress on small modular reactors plan, warning UK nuclear sector will suffer long-term damage if firms walk away

The government’s failure to deliver on a multimillion-pound competition to develop mini atomic power stations has hurt the nuclear sector and risks international companies walking away from the UK, a Lords committee has warned.

In 2015 the then-chancellor George Osborne promised £250m over five years for a nuclear research and development programme, an undisclosed sum of which was for a competition to pave the way for small modular reactors.

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UK nuclear power stations ‘could be forced to close’ after Brexit

Leaving Euratom treaty will shut down nuclear industry if international safety agreements are not made in time, MPs toldNuclear power stations would be forced to shut down if a new measures are not in place when Britain quits a European atomic power tr…

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Kite power energy to take flight in Scotland next year

Kite Power Solutions plans to open UK’s first kite power plant and predicts the technology could global ease energy costs

Giant kites could supply green energy without the need for taxpayer-funded subsidies within years, according to one of the firms developing the technology.

Kite Power Solutions expects to open the UK’s first kite power plant in March 2017 at the Ministry of Defence’s West Freugh site in Stranraer, Scotland.

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A Texas startup’s big energy idea: storing electricity underground

Quidnet Energy wants to make solar and wind energy more accessible by turning abandoned oil and gas wells into energy storage vaults

In a field in Central Texas, Aaron Mandell and his crew are running pumping equipment to bring a former oil and gas well back to life. But they’re not trying to extract black gold. Instead, they are developing a way to turn abandoned oil and gas wells into vaults for storing electricity.

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