UK energy companies are delivering such a poor customer experience that they’re potentially losing out on new customers, according to a new report from Global Reviews.
In fact the study found that just 6% of potential customers would recommend energy suppliers’ websites, while 64% would actively discourage friends or colleagues from visiting.
The cost of wave and tidal energy in Britain could fall by over half to current offshore wind levels by 2020-2025 and by 80 percent by 2050 if much more research and development is done, a marine energy expert at the Carbon Trust said.
The cost of developing wave and tidal energy is much higher than other renewables at the moment because it is a nascent industry with a wide range of technologies and commercial viability has not yet been proven at large-scale.
The levelized cost of tidal energy is 0.30-0.35 pounds per kilowatt hour (KWh), while wave is seen at 0.35-0.40 pounds/KWh, Stephen Wyatt, head of technology acceleration at the Carbon Trust, said.
This compares to a wholesale electricity price of 0.06-0.07 pounds/KWh, a levelized cost of 0.10 pounds/KWh for onshore wind and 0.15 pounds/KWh for offshore wind, he added.
Graphic from the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows a breakdown of UK energy flows from source to end product for 2010
Today Little Sun Lamps See Initial Launch At London Olympics, Could Bring Light To Millions Without Electricity.
Artist Olafur Eliasson has designed the “Little Sun” lamp, which is a solar lamp that will launch at the Olympics Festival, giving light to millions of folks in parts of the world who have no electricity. Eliasson is most known for his 2003 giant sun art installation in the Tate Modern gallery in London. This time, the artists is providing gallery visitors “little suns” that may be used as torches during the blacked out surrealist gallery tour.