Deep sea wind power ‘offers triple that found onshore’

Wind energy over deep oceans could offer three times as much power as is available from onshore projects of the same size. That’s according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which suggests there is so much wind energy potential over oceans it could theoretically be used to generate […]

UK’s clean generation hits record levels in Q1 2017

Renewable electricity generation in the UK hit a record 24.8TWh in the first quarter of this year, up 5.1% from the same period a year earlier. That’s according to a new report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which tracks energy trends and prices as they change quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year. The […]

Largest US firms going green and saving cash

The largest US firms are going green while improving their bottom lines and decarbonising the power sector. That’s one of the key findings outlined in a new report from Calvert, CDP, Ceres and the WWF, which evaluates clean electricity and energy efficiency efforts based on data publicly provided by Fortune 500 companies. In 2016, nearly […]

Scottish village’s smart energy project secures funding

A smart energy project linking a Scottish village to local renewables has secured funding for a second year. The SMART Fintry project, which was set up in 2016, aims to help residents cut energy bills, reduce emissions and become more self-sufficient. In its first six months, more than 80 households signed up to a special […]

Google’s new tool unlocks solar rooftop potential

Google has unveiled a new tool to calculate the solar viability of rooftops. ‘Project Sunroof’ uses Google Earth imagery to allow anyone to look up their own home and see whether its worth investing in rooftop solar panels. The software takes into account the shape of roofs, local weather patterns, the position of sun in the sky at different times […]

EU renewables hit 16.7% of energy mix in 2015

In 2015, power from renewable sources made up 16.7% of the EU‘s energy mix. That’s nearly double the 8.5% share recorded in 2004, according to a new set of statistics from Eurostat. European targets for 2020 hope to see renewables reaching 20% of gross final energy consumption, moving up to at least 27% by 2030. With 53.9% of Sweden’s energy coming from renewable […]

Renewables make up quarter of UK energy generation

Renewable energy made up 25% of UK generation in the third quarter of 2016. That’s according to new government statistics, which suggest the 1.3% rise from the same period the year before was due to increasing renewable capacity, higher wind speeds and rainfall and lower overall electricity generation. The report breaks down the change over the year-long period into generation […]

New 288MW wind project sails ahead of deadline

A new 288MW offshore wind farm in Germany has started to deliver full power to the grid three months early. Vattenfall’s €1.2 billion (£1.02bn) Sandbank project features 72 Siemens wind turbines, each providing 4MW of renewable capacity. The wind farm is expected to produce enough electricity each year to supply around 400,000 German households. Compared to energy produced from the country’s more traditional sources, […]