Energy auction outcome “disappointing”, says Fergus Ewing

The Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has expressed disappointment at the outcome of the UK Government’s renewable energy auction. Commenting on the results of the first Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, Fergus Ewing said: “It is very disappointing that two key Scottish offshore developments – MORL and Inchcape – have not been given the go-ahead […]

ScottishPower takes full control of offshore wind farm

Vattenfall has sold half its share of an offshore wind project to ScottishPower Renewables. The Swedish power giant  is selling its 50% share of the wind project to ScottishPower Renewables so it can prioritise the rest of its European wind portfolio. The sale comes despite news Vattenfall is one of the 27 winners of government’s […]

Latest energy stats show renewables up by almost a fifth

Renewable energy in the UK is up by almost a fifth from last year. The latest energy stats released by DECC, found renewables share of electricity generation rose to 17.8% which is a 4.2% increase on its share from last year. Wind generation was also up at 4%. The stats highlight the three-month period from October […]

UK markets shift higher – DMR

The UK markets have shifted higher again as a result of the Russian gas threats, according to the daily market report. This week Gazprom threatened to cut supplies to Ukraine if it fails to pay for its gas deliveries. Alex Guiot, Client Portfolio Manager on npower’s Optimisation Desk said: “With no resolution to the Russia-Ukraine […]

It’s a ‘PACT’ – UK CCS joins international network

The international carbon capture and storage (CCS) test centre network has signed up the UK’s CCS research facility to bolster the commercialisation of the low carbon technology. TCM – CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad – one of the largest facilities for testing and improving CCS technology around the world – signed up Pilot-scale Advanced Capture Technology […]

£43m to boost more plug-in vehicles

It’s going to get easier to charge electrical vehicles when out and about. That’s because the Department for Transport is setting aside £43 million to develop charge points for plug-in vehicles across the UK. Around £32m of the pot will go towards infrastructure support including new charge points on major roads and across towns and […]

£70m biomass plant delayed to improve sustainability

Construction of a £70 million biomass plant in Greater Manchester has been delayed in order to improve its sustainability. The Barton Renewable Energy Plant, being constructed by Peel Energy will have a capacity of 20MW of electricity and generate power equivalent to the annual electricity of roughly 37,000 homes. It would also have the capacity […]

New EU Energy Union is here

A new EU ‘Energy Union’ officially launched today has been welcomed by Ed Davey. The new proposals are to create a single energy market to help the EU lower prices, improve interconnectivity, move towards a lower carbon future, increase energy efficiency and counteract Russia’s ‘monopoly’ on gas supplies to the continent. The EU announced its […]

Wind farm slammed by tourist board

An offshore wind farm project near Bournemouth has been slammed by Bournemouth Tourist Management Board (BTMB) because it could lead to thousands of job losses in the area. If built, the Navitus Bay Wind farm will generate enough renewable energy to power around 700,000 homes and could create a minimum of 1,700 jobs during the […]

Germans get ahead with hydrogen filling stations

Germany could be the first country to have a hydrogen filling station network for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. That’s because the number of hydrogen-fuelled fillings stations is set to rise to 50 by the end of this year. Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) – the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany – claims […]