When the Danish Energy Agency in April 2018 presented its scenario forecasts for 2030, eyebrows were raised. In its frozen policy scenario, which describes expected developments assuming no new policies, the share of renewables in Denmark’s energy mix declines to 39.8% by 2030, well below the government’s goal of at least 50%. The agency shows the share of renewable energy increasing from now until 2021, when it peaks at 43.6% before declining. Renewables growth, according to this particular scenario, would fail to keep pace with a huge increase in electricity consumption, primarily driven by hyper scale data centres — big buildings housing thousands of power-hungry servers to provide cloud computing services and store vast amounts of information from every corner of the world. Data centres may account for 20% of Denmark’s electricity consumption by 2030. ...
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As the deadline for EU member states to update or develop national cyber security strategies fast approaches, FORESIGHT looks at what companies should be doing to ensure cyber resilience in the energy sector given new challenges posed by the transition to a decarbonised economy and a more decentralised power system.
While EU energy experts unsurprisingly agreed the leading role renewables and energy efficiency will play in the move to a clean energy economy, speakers at a European Commission conference had widely differing views on what else should be prioritised.
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