Why Wind Energy Is Best For The UK
Posted on Jun 22, 2022
In the UK wind energy accounts for 24% of total electricity generation, according to data released by the ONS in 2020. Both onshore and offshore wind is used to generate electricity in this country, and as we currently stand, we are a world leader in generating wind energy.
Thanks to the country’s geographical location and resources, wind energy has become a reliable solution for providing a renewable energy alternative for businesses and homes across the UK. Providing a carbon-free option for electricity.
Onshore and offshore wind
In the UK there are two different types of wind energy. Offshore and onshore. Both types provide enough power for businesses and homes across the nation.
Onshore wind provides one of the most cost-effective choices for electricity in the UK. Being cheaper than all of its alternatives, such as coal, gas, nuclear, and any other renewable electricity source. A clean and carbon-free alternative energy source, this is growing increasingly popular with the British public and businesses alike. The term onshore wind simply refers to those turbines that are located on land, you will have likely driven past a few on journeys across the UK.
Offshore wind refers to the energy generated by those wind farms located off the coast of the country. Typically found in the open sea, these are placed in locations where there are much higher wind speeds and can thereof generate more electricity than onshore wind turbines. Considered to be the most efficient means of generating wind energy, offshore wind in the UK is receiving huge amounts of investment, providing jobs to thousands and a clean, reliable and affordable energy source for the UK.
Wind energy is something we are considered to be successful in as a country, with many other nations looking to us for inspiration.
Environmental impacts of wind energy
As wind energy is a carbon-free source of energy, it makes a huge contribution to the UK’s effort in reducing our carbon emissions. Helping the country to tackle climate change.
Despite the varying opinions on wind energy and the development of wind farms across certain areas of the country, wind developments have far fewer impacts on the natural environment in comparison to other energy sources such as fossil fuels. Secondly, they can be easily replaced or removed quickly if necessary, making them a rather efficient means for generating energy.
Although other organisations such as animal welfare charities and conservationists are concerned about the protection of wildlife, this can be continued to be protected with careful project management and planning when choosing the location for a wind farm to be placed.
The future of wind energy in the UK
According to the National Grid, the year 2020 can be considered the “greenest year on record” (according to the current, available data) for Britain with record-high levels of wind energy generation. Despite the year not being one to celebrate other major issues, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, this is certainly some good news to come out of the UK.
We can use this information to set a precedent for years to come. As we continue to work towards a carbon-free world and tackle climate change, wind energy generation should increase as more and more companies adopt this energy source.
Renewable wind energy for your business
At D-ENERGi all the business electricity we supply to businesses up and down the country is sourced from UK-based wind farms. Providing British companies with 100% British renewable energy. This makes us truly unique in the sector of business electricity, providing companies with an alternative to traditional sources of energy, helping them to make a change and to reduce their carbon footprint.
If you would be interested in making the switch to renewable wind energy for your business, get in touch with our team of experts today. We can supply you with a business electricity quote and comparisons, to make your decision as simple as possible. Call us on 0800 781 7626 or submit a form online.
What is P272? P27what? You aren’t alone in the dark about P272. P272 is regarded as one of the biggest shakeups to the business electricity market since deregulation. Sounds more like a character out of star wars, but here are some facts on P272, which we have put together hopefully jargon free. If you unsure on how P272 affects your business please do not hesitate to contact us for free on 0800 781 7626, we will be delighted to help you further. You may also like to view our infographic and visit our support page dedicated to the P272 OFGEM legislation.
The Facts – What Is P272
P272 is a new regulation which has been implemented by OFGEM. It affects the way suppliers settle electricity consumption for businesses with a specified energy use. Resulting in sites being changed to half hourly.
Remember, remember the 5th November… “Guy Fawkes?”. No, no… this is when the P272 migration began! The deadline for all sites to be settled to Half-Hourly is 1st April 2017. Don’t be fooled by the date, it really is 1st April! Also, don’t be put off by the 2017 threat – it’ll be here before you know it!
The settlement is being put in place in order for suppliers to balance the amount of energy being purchased from the Generators. The aim for P272 is to make the readings more accurate via the half hourly consumption. This will provide distributors with more understanding on electricity use. This results in networks ensuring they are sufficiently developed and maintained.
Ultimately, P272 helps you and your business manage and also use the energy smartly. It gives you the opportunity to see where and when you are consuming energy. Also, a more accurate settlement which could lead to better tariff rates… something nobody would say no to, agreed?
Now you (hopefully) have a little more understanding of P272 here is how to prepare:
Learn if your portfolio is affected.
Speak to your supplier, they will be more than happy to explore your options with you.
Select your Half-Hourly Meter and Data Collector.
If your business has a maximum demand electricity supply categorised by profile classes:
05 06 07 08
And you have an Automated Meter Reading meter of which is capable of HH data collection and remote programming. Just to let you know… 160,000 sites are affected so it is definitely worth double, maybe even triple checking!
“How do I check?!” I hear you say? Simple… you just check the S number at the top of your electricity bill to find out your sites profile class.
Believe it or not, P272 can be very beneficial for you and here’s why:
You receive accurate billing
It offers you the ability to avoid peak times of electricity use
It gives you an insight on your energy usage
It allows you to make room for an opportunity of improvement and efficiency
This is an OFGEM regulation affecting ALL maximum demand meters and ALL electricity suppliers equally. If you’re being advised P272 does not affect your business, please let us double check this for you.
A Russian rocket blasted into space this month to investigate whether any methane gas is present on Mars, as part of the joint ExoMars project created by the European and Russian space agencies.
Methane is a gas created by living microbes, and if it were to be detected it would be a revelation in the space industry as it could prove that life exists or existed on the red planet, some 225 million kilometres away from the Earth (which is itself something of a shock, given that in 2003 Mars was a mere 56 million kms away).
We already know there is life-giving water on Mars. Just like the Earth it has ice caps, although the water they contain is more elusive. The American space agency NASA made a huge discovery in 2006 when it found there was water flowing through the planet in even the hottest months of the year, and that the ‘lines’ that appear on our satellite images of Mars are streaks of flowing salt water.
That’s when the questions ‘did life exist on Mars, and can we find out?’ really started to arise.
The ExoMars project involves sending up a Trace Gas Orbiter to sniff the Martian atmosphere for methane, and if the results are positive then this would establish that methane has been generated via geology or a biological process.
As part of the same mission, a stationary lander called Schiaparelli will test the technology for a subsequent mission – ExoMars 2018 – which will see a UK-built rover collect soil samples filled with water particles and drill below the planet’s surface to look for other signs of life. That’s when the search for Martian life will start in earnest.
These two projects combined will cost an eye-watering £900 million but isn’t it worth it for the chance to make one of the biggest discoveries of all time? What a time to be alive!
Planetary scientist Dr Peter Grindrod, from Birkbeck, University of London, who is funded by the UK Space Agency, certainly thinks so. “It’s incredibly exciting,” he enthused. “This is a series of missions that’s trying to address one of the fundamental questions in science: is there life anywhere else besides the Earth? Finding that life exists elsewhere in the solar system would be a huge discovery, so the evidence has to be strong. As they say, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing to find out if there really is Life On Mars, or if there has been in the past. It’s astonishing to think there could be more than just us Earthlings in our solar system!