Energy use in 2012 what to expect

As energy managers get back to work after the Christmas and New Year break edie energy looks at the trends that will be making the news in 2012.

Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) chief executive officer, David Clarke, has identified several key topics from bio energy to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Mr Clarke who heads the ETI, a partnership between big business including BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government, outlined his thoughts on edie+ here.

In the article Mr Clarke forecasts that ‘as a minimum’ new evidence-based projects to improve the efficiency of the bio energy sector will come to the fore in 2012.

He also says new solutions for reducing the cost of generating electricity from offshore wind and a deeper understanding of the UK’s capacity for CCS is on the cards.

Mr Clarke writes: “Energy continues to be one of the most dynamic industries in the country with, arguably, the greatest potential to affect our future economic prospects.

“2012 will see vital steps forward in the development of efficient, cost-effective and secure new energy technology in the UK, supporting our journey to achieve 2020 and 2050 carbon emission reduction targets.”

Luke Walsh

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