New tariffs for non-solar could drop as much as 41%

The proposed changes to the feed-in tariff rates for wind power could see support cut by up to 41%. DECC aim to introduce the amendments by October of this year, but have so far faced mixed reactions to the changes. Kevin Parslow, CEO of small turbine manufacturer Evance Wind said: “We are disappointed that DECC […]

Anti-wind report creates a storm

The on-going debate over the cost of renewable technologies took another turn yesterday as the director of policy and research for the Renewable Energy Foundation gave wind power a battering. Speaking on BBC 5Live John Constable said: “You have to bear in mind that all the subsidies and extra costs imposed by wind are paid […]

Wind power is ‘inordinately expensive’ says thinktank

Using wind power is hindering Britain’s ability to cut carbon emissions, claims a new report today. On top of this, it suggests wind is by far the most expensive energy source compared with coal, nuclear and gas. The claims come from a report by independent thinktank Civitas which damns Britain’s focus on the renewable energy […]

Wind power hits 12% UK energy use last month

Wind power reached a record high of supplying 12.2% of the UK’s energy supply on 28th December. Throughout December and early January wind supplied on average 5.3% of the UK’s demand, according to trade association RenewableUK. Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK’s Director of Policy, praised the National Grid for integrating the renewable energy: “As we’re generating […]

Offshore wind generation up two-thirds

New Government figures on the increasing amount of electricity generated by wind power have been welcomed by RenewableUK. According to the statistics for the third quarter of 2011, released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, renewable sources generated 9% of the UK’s electricity from July to September. Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK’s Director of […]

Poll shows support for low carbon generation

A poll conducted last week shows that more people are in favour of low carbon technologies than those that are higher emitters. The survey of 1698 people from around the UK was commissioned by the Sunday Times. It found that 56% of the public think the Government should use more wind power and 67% think […]

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 […]

Where’s solar in CCC carbon budget?, asks REA

The UK’s two largest renewable organisations have cautiously welcomed today’s carbon budget by the Committee on Climate Change. The Renewable Energy Association’s chief executive Gaynor Hartnell praised the report but pointed out what she felt were some glaring omissions. “We’re surprised to see no mention of solar power, which should cost the same as conventional […]