energy infrastructure

Cool power plants with salt water to preserve freshwater supplies, scientists say

With freshwater supplies threatened due to drought, climate change and rapid socioeconomic growth, water competition is increasing between the electric power sector and other sectors. Further, efforts to decarbonise fossil fuel-fired power plants by carbon capture and storage would significantly increase water consumption. “Non-traditional water sources can be deployed to…
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Government’s energy efficiency schemes are ‘struggling’ to meet targets, councils warn

Local authorities have raised concerns over the sluggish pace of home insulation schemes, and the risk it poses to many people facing fuel poverty.  The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 300 councils in England and Wales, said the government's flagship energy efficiency scheme supported 60,000 homes in 2022,…
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