London scheme plans solar and efficiency measures for 55,000 homes

A scheme backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson plans to put solar panels and other efficiency measures in 50,000 homes by March 2012. The RE:NEW scheme has so far installed solar panels in 1,500 housing association homes. Over 1700 houses in Lewisham, Waltham Forest, Newham and Barking and Dagenham have been treated with energy and […]

Energy firms form new European energy storage group

Thirteen firms from the energy industry have formed a group to promote the role of energy storage in the Europe market this week. The Brussels-based European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) counts French energy supplier EDF, British engineers at Siemens and green energy producer DONG Energy among its founding members. Italy’s largest power company […]

Nuclear plant targeted for protest

A demonstration is expected to blockade an EDF nuclear power station on Monday. The Stop Hinkley Group say 100 people will come from all over the country to block the plant’s entrance. EDF plans to build two new reactors at the Hinkley Point plant, which could generate 6% of the UK’s total energy. Local resident […]

Fire at Shell’s Singapore refinery extinguished

Firefighters are still on standby after a fire broke out at Shell’s Singapore refinery. The blaze began at Pulau Bukom site, more than 5km away from the mainland, on Wednesday. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) worked with Shell to extinguish it by late afternoon yesterday. Six firefighters received medical attention but have now returned […]

Co-op will put up prices in November

New energy supplier Co-operative Energy is to increase its prices from November 3rd by 18% for gas and 11% for electricity, in line with the majority of other energy suppliers. The energy and gas supplier said it regretted the price increases but pointed to the fact that they had held the lower prices for longer, […]

People power blocks npower wind farm

A six-turbine wind farm due to be built in Lincolnshire by npower has been refused planning permission after the Planning Inspector decided the location wasn’t acceptable. RWE npower had applied to develop the 15MW array near Anderby, which they say could have powered around 8,000 homes each year. However, more than 680 residents objected to […]

Huhne opens £20m wind turbine factory

A new £20million facility that makes offshore wind turbine parts has been opened by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne. TAG Energy Solutions’ new facility on the bank of the River Tees will make large diameter tubulars used to build offshore wind turbine jackets. The factory could produce 100,000 tonnes of these parts a year. Alex Dawson, […]

UK Gas production falls by a quarter

Total UK production of natural gas was a record 24.8% lower in the second quarter of 2011 than that of the year before. This was helped by a lower demand for gas through warmer weather and increased Liquified Natural Gas imports, which rose by 68%. Malcolm Webb of Oil & Gas UK said the statistics […]

UK smashes renewable electricity records

Electricity from renewable energy sources in the UK has increased by 50% in a year, rising from 6.3% in April 2010 to 9.6% this year. The statistics released by DECC yesterday have revealed a record-breaking year for the UK renewable industry. Low carbon sources fared well in the last year as supply from hydro and […]

EDF announce nuclear repairs

EDF Energy have announced the second unit at Torness power station came offline today for repair works. The power company said that despite the plant working within its normal capabilities “safety is always always our first consideration and we take a very conservative approach to our operations.” EDF reported there were no health or environmental […]