UK edges closer to EU’s 2020 renewable goals

The UK generated 8.9% of its entire energy consumption from renewable sources in 2016. That’s according to new information released by the UK Government, which reveals this is a 0.7% increase on the year before. It marks the latest step in the nation’s progress towards the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) target, which requires this figure to […]

Community energy powering 130,000 UK homes

Community energy projects are powering hundreds of thousands of homes across the UK. The first Community Energy State of the Sector report reveals a total of 222 community organisations are now operating solar, hydro and wind power schemes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They have a collective generation capacity of 121MW – equivalent to […]

Scotland caps business rate increases for renewables

The Scottish Government has announced a package of reliefs for renewable energy. It includes a 12.5% cap on business rate increases for small-scale hydropower projects – up to 1MW – and a new 50% relief for district heating schemes. It is also rolling forward current rates relief of up to 100% for qualifying community renewable […]

Thumbs up for hydro plant in Scotland

The Scottish Government has given the green light for the construction and operation of a pumped storage hydro plant. The 400MW plant will be located in Dumfries and Galloway at a site which is currently operated as a surface coal mine. Pumped storage hydro electricity stations have the capacity to store large quantities of energy, […]

Australian firm to use goldmine for energy storage

An Australian firm has plans to reuse an abandoned goldmine to create a pumped hydroelectric energy storage site. Genex Power expects the project to support between 1.5GW and 2.25GW of continuous power generation. The Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project is a closed loop system, which will involve the transfer of water from the upper reservoir to the […]

Feed-in Tariff deployment rose 28% in April

Projects deployed under the government’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme at the end of April had a total capacity of 4,982MW. That’s more than 865,600 installations – a 28% increase in total FiT installed capacity compared to the same period in 2015, new figures from DECC reveal. The highest growth rate was in hydro projects which rose […]

Portugal runs on green energy for four consecutive days

Renewable energy kept Portugal’s lights on for four consecutive days last week. The clean energy milestone was revealed by System Sustainable Land Association (ZERO) and Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN), which analysed data from the National Energy Network (REN). Electricity usage in the country was fully covered by wind, solar and hydro power between 6.45am […]

UK Government softens domestic solar cuts

The UK Government has confirmed cuts to financial support for domestic solar projects – but by less than expected. The so-called Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) will be reduced by 64% in comparison to the previous proposal of an 87% cut. That means the total cap for small-scale renewable projects will stand at £100 million from February […]

Green community projects seek £603k investment

Two community energy projects in the UK are seeking investment. Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) is raising funds worth £603,000 for a hydropower and solar project. They are expected to generate around 330MWh of electricity per year in total – equivalent to powering 80 households annually. People can invest between £500 and £100,000 and become shareholders, with a target […]

Wave energy developer raises €6.5m

Swedish company CorPower has raised €6.5 million (£4.6m) to test wave energy converters. It will be used for the third round of the firm’s testing to verify performance and reliability in a controlled on-land environment. It will also trial ocean deployment at the Scapa Flow test site in Orkney, Scotland. Investors include Wave Energy Scotland, […]