Decentralised energy

DEFINITION: Energy that is generated close to where it will be used, rather than at an industrial plant and sent through the national grid. Decentralised systems typically use renewable energy sources, including small hydro, combined heat and power (CHP), biomass, solar and wind power. A decentralised energy system can increase security of supply, reduce transmission losses and lowers carbon emissions.

See also: Distributed generation

See also: Renewable energy

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McDonald's to finance three major new renewable energy projects in the US

McDonald's has completed new virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for two major wind farms and a large portfolio of solar projects across three US states.

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UK's first electric vehicle forecourt opens to drivers in Essex

The UK's first "electric forecourt", featuring rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers, battery storage and onsite renewable generation, has opened to the public in Essex.