European demand for green power soars 39%

Consumer demand for green power in Europe has soared 39% compared to this time last year. That’s according to new statistics from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB), which show an increasing number of people are deciding to buy renewable electricity documented with Guarantees of Origin, rather than accepting a “grey default” power offer. Guarantees […]

Central Asia commits to collaborative green power deal

Central Asian countries have committed to accelerating the uptake of renewable energy in the region. Led by Kazakhstan and including Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan, the nations have joined with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to capitalise on their substantial potential for green generation. They have agreed it could provide a solution to the shared issues of rising electricity demand, ageing power […]

Renewable growth hit record 161GW in 2016

Record levels of renewable power were installed in 2016, totalling 161GW of new global capacity. That’s according to a report from REN21, which suggests this was achieved despite 23% less investment than the year before, at $241.6 billion (£189.8bn) The new installations mark a 9% increase in total clean power from 2015, bringing worldwide capacity to […]

Canary Islands ‘could go 100% green by 2050’

The Canary Islands have the potential to become carbon neutral by 2050. That’s according to a new study published by the EU, which suggests this could be achieved by shifting to a 100% renewable energy supply, improving energy efficiency and building new grid connections between islands. Currently, the islands import 99% of their energy needs in […]

German energy leaders hesitant to adopt green energy

Decision makers in Germany’s energy sector support the move to a low carbon system but are hesitant to implement measures themselves. That’s according to renewable energy firm BayWa r.e. which surveyed 1,000 decision makers about their attitudes regarding energy policy issues and their willingness to invest in clean gas and electricity. Although 82% said companies […]

CNG’s first green project is an eco-school

A commercial gas supplier has launched its renewable energy division with an eco-school project. CNG will provide solar power to an innovative new education centre in Leeds that will be built out of shipping containers. The modular construction will be powered by a range of green energy sources and hopes to offer an alternative to traditional […]

Scotland’s green workforce anticipates 17% losses

Scottish renewable energy firms are anticipating a sixth of the industry’s workforce will be lost in the next year. That’s according to Scottish Renewables, which took a survey of its members to take stock of employment levels and confidence going forward. They predicted an average decrease in renewable jobs of 16.9%. More than four in 10 respondents said they felt either quite or very […]

Government inquiry into hydrogen power to go ahead

An inquiry into the role of hydrogen gas and fuel cells in the energy system has been secured. The UK Government’s Science and Technology Committee heard more than 70 ideas for new areas to thoroughly investigate as part of its ‘My Science Inquiry’ open call – it selected nine for further consideration following a pitching process. The […]

£7m boost for offshore renewable energy firms

Businesses developing innovative solutions for technologies in the wave, tidal and offshore wind sector have been given a multi-million pound boost. Energy Minister Greg Barker revealed support worth up to £7 million will be available through the Technology Strategy Board’s Infrastructure for Offshore Renewables funding competition. It is designed to help develop supply chains for […]