LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – Britain’s National Grid has
outlined plans to keep the lights on during the dark winter
evenings of 2014/15 and 2015/16 – when the margin of spare
generating capacity could fall as low as 4 percent and the risk
of some disconnections could be as high as 50 percent.
In the process, it has offered the first look at the grid of
the future. National Grid wants to use a smart approach
to create more flexibility in both electricity generation and
consumption to handle rising demand and the integration of
increasing amounts of uncertain wind power onto the network.
LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) – Notwithstanding the appalling
train disaster in Quebec this month, U.S. government accident
data show both railroads and pipelines are relatively safe ways
to move crude oil and other hazardous liquids over long
The Canadian derailment and subsequent explosion, which
killed at least 15 people and left dozens more unaccounted for,
has sparked a renewed debate about whether it is safer to move
crude and other hazardous liquids by tank car or pipeline.
LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Following every major disaster
there is an intense focus on the safety of the technology
concerned, but accident reports show the majority of incidents
are caused or made much worse by human error.
This month’s fiery train derailment in Canada and dramatic
plane crash in San Francisco have inevitably triggered an
intense focus on the safety of the technology concerned.
LONDON (Reuters) – Every fatal accident is a terrible tragedy, prompting searching questions about how it could have happened and whether more could have been done to prevent the loss of life.
The fireball that engulfed the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic after a runaway train derailed and exploded in the middle of the night is already stirring a debate about the safety of shipping crude oil and petroleum products by rail.
LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – Cannabis farms consume an average
of 12,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month each, 40 times
the power used by a typical household, and account for a third
of all electricity stolen in Britain, according to a report by
the power market regulator.
Energy suppliers and regional distribution network operators
detect 20,000 to 25,000 cases per year, according to the Office
of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem)(“Tackling electricity
theft” July 2013).
LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – Legislation introduced in the
U.S. Senate aims to accelerate the construction of a nationwide
network of refuelling stations for natural gas-powered vehicles.
It is the first attempt to use the federal government’s
financial muscle to “nudge” the transport infrastructure towards
gas and overcome the network inertia that favours gasoline and
LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – “The president has declared war
on coal,” West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin complained last
Manchin, a Democrat, was responding to President Barack
Obama’s much-heralded announcement that he had directed the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop new emission
standards for existing power plants.
LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – The London Metal Exchange’s
metastasising warehouse problem must be solved once and for all
by prohibiting warehouse companies from issuing more warrants at
affected locations until load-out delays have been reduced to an
The delivery problem has grown and morphed, affecting every
aspect of the way metals are traded and supplied. But rather
than adopt a bold solution, the exchange continues to tinker
with the existing, broken system, layering on more complexity
and creating more opportunities to game the system.
LONDON (Reuters) – Used right, the new generation of smart power meters could cut peak electricity consumption by up to 20 percent, avoiding the need to construct 2,000 new power plants across the United States.
Installing them, however, is the easy part. The industry faces years of battling to convince consumers to use them to change the way they use electricity. And that comes down to a question of behavior, choice and politics – not technology.
LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Used right, the new generation of
smart power meters could cut peak electricity consumption by up
to 20 percent, avoiding the need to construct 2,000 new power
plants across the United States.
Installing them, however, is the easy part. The industry
faces years of battling to convince consumers to use them to
change the way they use electricity. And that comes down to a
question fo behaviour, choice and politics – not technology.