United Utilities fined £3,500 for highway safety breach

A water supplier has been ordered to pay £6,500, including costs, for breaching highway safety precautions in Cheshire. United Utilities Water pleaded guility for failing to ensure its works were adequately safeguarded, causing pedestrians to use a busy highway with passing traffic, to manoeuvre around the works. A street works inspector from Cheshire East Council […]

Cheshire hydro project raises £635,000 in two days

A hydro project in Cheshire has raised a total of £635,000 in 51 hours. The 80kW Church Minshull scheme on the River Weaver is expected to generate around 305MWh of clean electricity every year. That’s enough to power around 77 homes. Developers Hydrosense Renewables and Triodos Bank, which is running the scheme’s corporate finance, said […]

SSE to keep Fiddler’s Ferry coal plant open an extra year

A coal-fired power plant in Cheshire is to remain open until at least March 31st next year. SSE said the 1,455MW Fiddler’s Ferry plant has secured a one-year contract to provide ancillary services to National Grid starting today. It covers one of the three available units at the site which employs 213 people. The energy […]

UK fracking firm cancels Cheshire drilling

Fracking company IGas has announced it will not be drilling in Cheshire. In a statement, the company said it won’t drill for coal bed methane at Duttons Lane and Salters Lane. It had previously received planning permission for the projects. A spokesperson from the firm said: “Having considered some early results from this recently acquired 3D seismic survey and […]

Surprise shale find could produce twice the gas

A gas firm drilling in the North West of England says it could be sitting on double the amount of shale gas it had originally expected. IGas Energy believes it could find nearly ten trillion cubic feet of shale gas at its Ince Marshes site in Cheshire. IGas first stumbled upon the shale gas section in January […]

ScottishPower funds university smart grid role

ScottishPower has joined forces with the University of Strathclyde to boost the progress of smart grids in the UK. The energy company will pay £750,000 over five years for a new position at the university called the ScottishPower Chair in Smart Grid Technology’. ScottishPower network development director Jim Sutherland said: “ScottishPower already has smart grid […]

Northwest on target with renewable ambitions

The Northwest is expected to make a major contribution to the UK meeting its renewable energy targets, according to a new report. Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire are set to produce 30% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The UK as a whole has been tasked with sourcing 15% of all […]