A report commissioned by WWF announced that the UK could be powered primarily by renewable energy sources by 2030. This is without the need for additional nuclear power plans, according to the report. Approximately 60 – 90% of the UK’s electricity could be provided through solar, wind and tidal sources, all of which are natural and sustainable worldwide. The remaining percentage would be supplied via international grid lines, supporting multiple networks as part of a larger infrastructure.
“This report is inspiring, but also entirely realistic. It shows that a clean, renewable energy future really is within our grasp. Failure to commit to a high-renewables future would leave us facing the prospect of dangerous levels of climate change and high energy prices.” said David Nussbaum, chief executive of WWF-UK.
The report has been welcomed by major energy companies, temporary boiler hire companies, and the UK Government, particularly since rising energy costs have become a major political issue. Only last month Prime Minister David Cameron held a meeting with leading energy companies to discuss lower tariffs and a fair playing field across the top 6 UK energy suppliers.
Alongside the obvious benefits to the eco system, the WWF report also claims that investing into the development of renewable energy sources will develop thousands of jobs for Britons.
“Investing in clean energy offers us a means to tackle the two most crucial market failures that now confront the world: the financial crisis and climate change,” said Nussbaum. “The only question that remains is, are we bold enough to take it?”
Another report from the Governments Energy and Climate Change Committee has called for an increase in the amount of gas stored in the UK. This is in a bid to minimise the impact from supply interruptions or sharp increases in purchase prices from suppliers. These types of unexpected increases or disruptions have a direct knock on effect to energy companies, particular those supplying industrial boiler repairs and temporary heating services. The UKs 14 days storage of Gas is incredibly low compared to other European countries, such as France with 87 days worth of gas, Germany with 69 and Italy with 59 days of gas stored for services.
The committee’s report additionally calls for much more gas storage capacity in the UK, to minimise the damage from supply interruptions or price spikes. The UK’s current storage capacity is just 14 days’ worth of gas, states the report, “a dangerously low level compared with France which has 87 days’ worth of gas storage, Germany 69 and Italy 59.”