Modern Lifestyle Is Completely Dependent On Reliable Energy Supply

2116 Words Nov 11th, 2014 9 Pages
Modern lifestyle is completely dependent on reliable energy supply. We cannot imagine world, its further development and constant economic growth without security of energy supply. But new reserves of fossil fuels are becoming more difficult to find, what makes energy industry to invest in and use unconventional resources such as shale gas and oil sands. Prices of oil, gas and energy itself will get higher but the demand of energy does not seem to decrease. What is more, the European Union hence the United Kingdom set themselves ambitious targets of reduction in greenhouse gas emission. The initiative includes, inter alia, raising the share of energy consumption produced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass. The British Government implemented few policies to promote generation of electricity from renewable sources: Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation (1990), the Renewables (Scotland) Obligation (2002) and the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (2010). The UK government’s policies such as FITs scheme encourage consumers to produce renewable energy from micro-generators. It is being achieved by offering long-term contracts for energy generated from renewable sources. It accelerates technological development but also the number of new micro-generators connected to the grid therefore percentage of renewable energy supplied into the grid.
The new UK’s power supply mix may implicate new engineering challenges that we will have to face in the future. One of these…
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