Renewable energy

DEFINITION: An energy source derived from natural resources which will not deplete when used. Examples of renewable energy include offshore and onshore wind, solar, geothermal power and tidal power.

See also: Solar energy

See also: Onshore wind

See also: Offshore wind

See also: Hydro power

See also: Tidal energy

See also: Air source heat pump

See also: Ground source heat pump

See also: Anaerobic digestion

See also: Combined heat and power (CHP)

See also: Distributed generation

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Energy retailer IGS commits to net-zero by 2040

One of the US's largest energy retailers, IGS, has announced a new commitment to reach net-zero emissions for its operations and the services it provides to its domestic and business customers by 2040, pledging to provide 100% renewable electricity and carbon-neutral gas.

Output over the three-month period was 19% higher than the previous peak

Report: Europe recorded record solar output amid Covid-19 lockdowns

Solar output in Europe hit a record high of 47.6TWh in the second quarter of 2020, new analysis from EnAppSys has shown.

Viridor’s ERF generates enough electricity to power around 68,448 households and will now provide low-carbon heat to homes and businesses

Energy recovery facility to heat homes in Cardiff via district heating network

A district-heating network connected to an energy recovery facility in Cardiff had secured £15m in Government funding to start its first phase of works, with the project potentially saving more than 5,000 tonnes of carbon annually.

A particular downturn was tracked in Texas - historically the US's most active renewable PPA hub

BNEF: Covid-19 causing drop in US corporate clean energy purchases

The amount of generation backed by US-based corporates signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) was almost one-third lower in the first half of 2020 than in the first half of 2019, new analysis from Bloomberg NEF has revealed.

Britain has operated for almost 3,300 hours without coal so far in 2020 – more than 60% of the year

Heatwaves bring Britain's coal-free run to an end

Britain's run of more than 55 days without relying on coal for power came to an end this morning, with the National Grid firing up a coal-fired plant in Nottinghamshire to combat low energy output during the current heatwave.