Coal port expansion plans in Australia scrapped

The developer said it made the decision as coal demand has not increased enough

Newcastle Uni to open £20m energy research hub

A new energy centre worth £20 million is to be opened in Newcastle. The EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration will allow experts to test the entire energy system in real time. They will try to unravel the energy network and understand future supply and demand. Researchers will also explore ways to optimise the energy network, […]

Solar energy to help university save £17.5k a year

Northumbria University expects to save around £9,000 in electricity costs following the installation of a solar system. The 110KW rooftop solar array at its Sports Central facility in Newcastle will also provide the university with an income of around £8,500 per year through the government’s Feed-In Tariff scheme,. It is part of the university’s ambitious […]

M&S paints the Toon green

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled new plans for a major green upgrade at one of its stores in Newcastle. The company aims to transform its Northumberland Street supermarket into “one of the most eco-friendly and visually impressive” stores in the north east. The store will feature a 167 square metre green wall built from […]

Lower energy bills for 50,000 North East properties

Up to 50,000 homes and businesses in the North East are set to benefit from an energy efficiency scheme in a bid to help them cut bills and tackle fuel poverty. The £200 million ‘Warm Up North’ initiative, which starts in September this year, includes eight local authorities and is expected to create around 500 […]

National Grid splashes £5m on painting pylons

The National Grid is splashing out nearly £5 million on painting its pylons around Newcastle and Yorkshire. The deal to paint electricity pylons was awarded to services company Fountains, part of OCS Group UK and is part of National Grid’s ongoing maintenance and refurbishment programme of their overhead line network in the UK. A spokesperson […]

Government give £10million to cities’ district heating

The Government is taking a leaf out of the Scandinavian nations’ book by funnelling a total of £10 million into district heat network schemes around the country, it announced yesterday afternoon. Some of the country’s biggest cities – Manchester, Leeds (Leeds civic hall is pictured), Newcastle, Sheffield and Nottingham – will divvy up £1million to […]

Do you live in a green power city?

Do you live in a green power city? Eight core cities across the country are pushing forward the Government’s low carbon ambitions, new research suggests. Faye Scott, who wrote the “Green cities” report for Green Alliance, looked at the deals done between the Government and these cities to pull the UK out of recession – and […]

£12m boost to kick-start Green Deal in cities

The Government has announced a £12 million fund to help cities kick-start the Green Deal. Seven cities across England which have put forward proposals to cut their carbon emissions will receive a share of the fund. The cash is expected to help test key elements of the Green Deal like assessment and installation and provide […]

1,000 jobs from new wind turbine project

A Newcastle-based oil and gas firm says it can create 1,000 jobs by branching out into wind energy. OGN will begin building parts for wind turbines with its subsidiary, OGN North Sea. The Tyne and Wear firm announced it has won £640,250 from DECC to build a prototype steel jacketed foundation for turbines, called Triton. The […]