Wind turbine collapses

A wind turbine in North Devon collapsed after a strong gust of wind. Welsh renewable firm Dulas installed the turbine, which was supposed to have a life expectancy of 25 years. The company said no one was injured and it is still looking into the main cause of the incident. A spokesperson said in a […]

Crown Estate plans £20m boost for wave and tidal

The UK’s wave and tidal sector could get a huge boost as the Crown Estate is considering investing up to £20 million in the industry. It plans to invest in two projects with a total installed capacity of 3MW or higher, alongside other firms and with grant support from the Government. To be eligible for […]

UK’s Green Investment Bank open for business

The UK’s Green Investment Bank (GIB) has officially been declared open as new details of its first investments are announced. Funded with £3 billion of Government money, the GIB is designed to encourage private sector investment in the UK’s transition to a green economy. Speaking in Edinburgh where the new bank is headquartered, Business Secretary […]

Energy Bill ‘will fail’ to meet long-term demand

The Energy Bill “will fail” to resolve the tension between the industry and the Government and will not help in meeting the UK’s energy demand in the long term, a team of academics said today. Warwick Business School’s Global Energy Group made the comment following DECC’s announcement of the details in the Bill, which is […]

Biomass ‘dirtier than coal’ based on “misleading information”

The report that suggested burning trees as biomass fuel is “dirtier than coal” is based on a paper which has “numerous factual errors”. That’s according to the Biomass Energy Centre, which commented after the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace published a report, based on the Government’s own data, claiming biomass produces more emissions […]

New renewable heat proposals offer ‘reassurance’

The Government’s new renewable heat support has offered “reassurance” about the potential of renewables. UK renewable players have welcomed DECC’s additional support for domestic heat installations such as ground heat pumps, deep geothermal heat and combined heat and power. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) offers subsidy to householders for the heat produced by their installed […]

Government can’t ignore Climate Committee’s warning

The UK Government cannot ignore the Climate Change Committee’s warning about its “dash for gas” plans. That’s according to environmental group Friends of the Earth who commented after the Committee released a letter yesterday showing concerns about the Government’s plans for more investment in gas. Andrew Pendleton, the group’s Head of Campaigns said: “This is […]

Government must ‘step up’ and address Energy Bill issues

UK trade bodies said the Government needs to “step up” and address the issues of the Energy Bill highlighted by the Energy and Climate Change Committee. The comment was made by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and RenewableUK as they welcomed the Committee’s report following its pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill proposed by the Government […]

REA wins €76,000 EU funding for biogas

A UK trade body has won EU funding worth €76,000 (£60,000) for a biogas training programme. The ‘Advanced Biogas Learning in Europe’ (ABLE) project, typically aimed at young people, offers “on-site” experience and training at biogas laboratories and factories in Germany. UK companies can also get the opportunity to learn from leading experts in all […]

‘Urgent’ decisions needed for renewables industry

The UK Government urgently needs to make up its mind about its support for the renewables industry, according to trade bodies. The comment comes after DECC announced it is still discussing and finalising the proposals on financial support for the sector as Ministers failed to come to an agreement yesterday. Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of […]