UK Government closes fracking legal loophole

The UK Government said it has closed a loophole in legislation concerning fracking projects. Energy Minister Richard Harrington has presented a new direction, which ensures the Oil and Gas Authority consults with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on fracking operations. That means operators who wish to frack in parts of the […]

Green light for £1bn Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

Planning permission has been granted for the construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon in Wales. The decision follows a recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate and an examination process. Tidal Lagoon Power said it will now negotiate how much subsidy it can receive for the 500GWh of low carbon electricity it is expected to […]

Vattenfall submits plans for £190m wind farm in Scotland

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has submitted plans for a £190 million wind farm in the south west of Scotland. The 50-turbine South Kyle Wind Farm will have a total capacity of 170MW – equivalent to the annual electricity demand of more than 90,000 households in the UK. The energy firm said the project would be […]

Consent granted for biomass plant in Northumberland

The Government has granted planning approval for the construction of a 100MW wood-based biomass power station in Northumberland. Located at Blyth Harbour, the £250 million North Blyth Biomass project has the capacity to generate 750GWh of renewable energy, enough to meet the annual needs of as many as 170,000 homes a year – the equivalent […]

ScottishPower gets consent for 288MW wind farm

ScottishPower Renewables has received consent to build a wind farm with up to 288MW of capacity in south west Scotland. The Kilgallioch wind farm is expected to have 96 turbines, which could meet the electricity demands of more than 170,000 homes. ScottishPower said it would be the company’s second largest onshore wind project – behind […]