Renewables, Demand Management & Storage

A list of renewables, demand management & storage articles I have written for various energy magazines worldwide.

How British NIMBYS are sabotaging renewables

Across the land, we have seen protests at planning meetings against new hydro, wind and solar schemes and the construction of new power lines to link such projects to the customer. The British Nimbys (Not in my back yard) have used every trick in the book to slow down renewable development. They use a variety of arguments including, that is has a negative impact on the landscape. Unfortunately, for all those involved in the renewables business in Britain, recently the government, because of the lobbying efforts of anti-renewables British Nimby’s, have dramatically cut back funding for renewables…  – See more at:

Islands of Energy Potential

There are thousands of islands located on Africa’s many lakes and surrounding its coasts. It has been estimated by the African Development Bank, that there are some 30 million people inhabiting Africa’s islands, paying some of the highest power prices in the world. At around US$0.52 kWh for electricity, nearly four times the average price mainland US consumers pay, reports the Carbon War Rooms July 2015.

Nicholas Newman interviewed on That’s Oxford TV

Energy specialist Nicholas Newman, speaks with Alex Iszatt @alexontv about the government’s energy policy impact on renewable projects in Oxfordshire.

Mekong river dilemma

There are plans to construct along the Mekong River and its tributaries, some 12 hydroelectric dams along the upper section of the river between Laos and Thailand.

Renewables on track

In London, there is a station covered in solar panels that helps power the trains that use it. Elsewhere, trains are using the power to brake to be stored in a battery for use to help the train move off again. Elsewhere, engineers are looking at powering trains using LNG, hydrogen or even on board nuclear power. However, one thing is certain, the train you see running past your office will have an interesting story to tell about how it is powered and the energy sourced… – See more at:

Shedding light on South African Renewables

In South African cities, urban dwellers face regular power cuts. This is despite the country being rich in coal resources for its power stations. Demand for electricity exceeds supply and the much delayed mega coal power stations of Medupi and Kusile, when they come online, should cover electricity needs until 2020. Forecasts of South Africa’s rising population, increased living standards and industrialisation, together with the closure of 6 to 10 GW of life- expired coal plants, indicate a power gap of between 10 to 15 GW by 2025 in the country.

Turning a Swiss power plant smart

Nicholas Newman + Update October 2015.

Landis+Gyr has won repeat business from an old established customer Kraftwerke Birsfelden AG. Kraftwerke Birsfelden AG, since the 1950’s has operated a combined hydro barrage power plant and locks for shipping on the River Rhine in Switzerland at Birsfelden, between the city of Basel and Lake Constance.

Could you cut your business electricity bills with DECC’s Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot

DECC’s Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot opens a new avenue towards cutting business electricity bills.

National Grid Demand Side Balancing Reserve

The National Grid is introducing new schemes which encourages businesses to switch off electricity to save money.

Japan’s Renewable Energy Surge

Following the Fukushima disaster in April 2011, Japan the world’s third largest economy, closed down all but two of its 50 main nuclear reactors responsible for providing around 30% of Japan’s electricity (World Nuclear Association, May 2013). In September 2013, Japan’s last operating nuclear reactor was idled for maintenance and Japan became nuclear free.  see page 41

Storing the spark!

There is increasing concern about how to integrate renewable energy into the grid. One technology being examined is power storage as a method to overcome the intermittency issues of renewable power. The search for a solution is vital as worldwide, governments are setting evermore ambitious targets for sourcing of electricity from renewables.!-An-overview-of-the-current-state-of-energy-storage.html

Energy storage technologies on the way

Wind and solar power present two major problems to electricity grid operators – intermittent operation and an inability to be dispatched. That’s where energy storage technologies may come in. Nicholas Newman reviews the technologies.

Great Expectations: India’s hopes for solar power growth

India is looking to solar power as part of its plans to mend its chronically dysfunctional power sector. Solar power is seen by both the federal government in Delhi and state governments as an essential contributor to help meet increasing demands for power.

A question of how much energy storage does the UK need?

Many promoters of large-scale energy storage argue that the main case for it is to store excess renewable electricity for use during times of undersupply; for instance, when the wind does not blow or the sun fails to shine. The $64 thousand question lies in determining how much actual energy storage capacity is necessary to ensure secure back-up energy supplies.

Australian power politics

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard faces stiff opposition from the public, business and politicians to her radical carbon tax policies. Her newly announced policies that will see the nation’s top 500 greenhouse-gas polluters, hit by a crippling new carbon tax. Australian-power-politics.html

Britain’s Renewable Energy Policy Questioned

Growing scepticism has led in recent months to a House of Lords inquiry into the economics of renewable energy, and into the practicability of achieving the government’s ambitions to dramatically increase the share that renewables plays in the UK energy mix, especially the usage of wind power in electricity generation.’s-Renewable-Energy-Policy-Questioned.html

Cuba’s Energy Future:

Cuba’s Energy Future is written by a team of policy makers, scholars and analysts at Washington’s Brookings Institute, led by Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado. This book, poses the challenging question what steps can Cuba take to achieve both short term and long-term energy sustainability and self-sufficiency.’s-Energy-Future.html