Investors sought for 19 community energy projects

An Oxford-based social enterprise is seeking investors for community energy projects worth £3.5 million. Low Carbon Hub’s new share offer will finance a 440kW hydro project in Sandford Lock Hydro which is expected to power 450 homes. It also aims to fund 18 solar projects in schools and businesses across the region. People can invest between […]

One casualty in Didcot Power Station ‘explosion’

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£5,000 fine for illegal waste wood in Oxfordshire

A landowner has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines for illegal waste wood in Bicester, Oxfordshire. According to the court, Mr Gordon Jones accumulated an “extensive amount” of waste wood at his agricultural holding called ‘Field Farm’ site. The Environment Agency received reports of waste wood deposit and storage in 2013. It stated […]

Oxfordshire firms fined £21k for illegal waste

Two firms have been ordered to pay a total of £21,000 for illegally depositing 3,000 tonnes of waste at a farm in Bampton. Francis Stewart-Wood, the landowner of Elmwood Farm and Stephen Radband, a director of SJ Radband Haulage, appeared before Oxford Crown Court last week. The waste, known in the industry as ‘trommel fines’, […]

Oxfordshire’s £205m energy-from-waste plant open

A new £205 million energy-from-waste plant in Oxforshire has officially been opened. The Ardley Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) can process 300,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste into renewable energy. The plant has a capacity of 26MW – enough electricity to power 38,000 homes. That’s equivalent to more than two-thirds of Oxford. Ian McAulay, Chief Executive of Viridor […]

Oxfordshire charity helps locals save energy

An Oxfordshire charity is helping communities save energy by installing energy efficiency measures. The ‘Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment2’ has so far allocated more than £160,000 for measures such as double glazing, wall insulation and energy lighting. The programme called ‘Energy Reduction in Community Halls’ (ENRICH) which has been running for three years, expects to provide […]

Scorched plant Didcot back online

Didcot B gas plant has made a speedy return to service after it was struck by fire a week ago. No one was injured in the fire which raged last Sunday, engulfing one of the cooling towers. However it did not affect the generating units themselves and this morning module 5 began exporting around 50% […]

Dramatic fire at Didcot power plant

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UK solar investment fund buys first project for £12m

A UK solar investment fund – newly listed on the London Stock Exchange – has bought its first plant in Oxfordshire for £12 million, according to reports. Located near Abingdon, it is expected to start generating electricity in October this year and is being constructed for Bluefield Solar Income Fund (BSIF) by a Belgian contractor […]

Oxfordshire Council builds AD plant

Oxfordshire County Council has become one of the first local authorities in the UK to establish a purpose-built anaerobic digestion plant. The 30,000-tonne food waste treatment centre at Cassington is the inaugural stage of the council’s plans to generate electricity for 5,000 homes. The facility will be built by Oxfordshire organic waste management specialist Agrivert, […]