Energy News – 07/04/2017

Wondering what’s big in the world of energy this week? Below are our pick of the headlines…

This turbine can harvest green energy in water currents as slow as 2 mph – Business Insider

One of the key drawbacks of hydropower may just have been overcome. Currently power can only be generated by fast moving water – meaning that the number of places suitable for generating hydropower are very limited. This may soon change though – a Canadian company has developed a pioneering wind turbine which can generate electricity from currents as slow as 2mph.

Majority of Americans ‘concerned about power grid cyber attacks’ – Energy Live News

Cyber attacks continue to be a worry for citizens and businesses alike, as a new survey finds that 60% of Americans believe that the US power grid is vulnerable to an attack. Want to find out more about cyber attacks? Read our article and find out how likely a successful attack actually is.

National Grid forecasts low UK electricity demand this summer  – Reuters

This summer could see energy supply outstrip demand according to new forecasts. Demand for electricity has been dropping in the summer months, partly due to the increase an increase in solar panels. This means firms that partake in demand side response may be incentivised for using more energy or producing less power during the summer months. 

Is 100% renewable energy realistic? Here’s what we know. – Vox

This article contains literally everything you need to know about the current state of renewable energy. Essential reading for anybody interested in renewables and the difficulties the world may face in moving to a cleaner future.

The end of coal: EU energy companies pledge no new plants from 2020 – The Guardian

The EU is continuing to develop policies that will help it to meet strict carbon emissions targets. This move is the latest sign of a global move away from coal and sits at odds with the current US energy policy. The announcement did not mention whether existing coal plans would be phased out in future.

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