‘Clarity needed for renewable goals in 2020s’

More clarity is needed from government for renewable aims in the 2020s. That’s according to Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of RenewableUK. Speaking at the Energy Live 2015 conference he told ELN: “There’s a big opportunity still in onsite generation – businesses, farmers, even householders [are] still looking at how energy generation can help them manage their […]

UK’s offshore capacity surpasses 5GW

The UK’s offshore capacity has surpassed 5GW. That’s according to the energy trade association Renewable UK, which said 5.054GW of capacity is currently installed in UK waters. It claims this is enough energy to supply more than three million British households and save around six million tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The record was hit […]

Windy November gives campaigners a boost

Renewable UK has celebrated November as a record breaking month for wind. During the month the record of wind generation in the UK was smashed three times and peaked at more than 4.5 GW. Despite last week’s Energy Bill being seen as more pro-gas the pro-wind group says the generation figures proves just how important […]

Unite and RenewableUK form power couple

Trade body RenewableUK could increase its political muscle after officially teaming up with the UK’s largest trade union Unite which represents 1.5 million workers. The two bodies announced today they have signed an accord to support each other in campaigning for benefits for UK businesses and their workers in the renewable industry. They say it […]

Tory MPs ask Cameron to cut wind subsidy

More than 100 backbench MPs have written to David Cameron to object over the Government’s support for onshore wind energy. The mostly Tory contingent express concern over the cost of backing wind power to taxpayers in a letter to the Prime Minister sent at the end of January. The MPs wrote: “In these financially straitened […]

Wind accounts for record 10% of UK electricity

This week has seen a UK wind power record; over 10% of our electricity supply came from the renewable source. At midday on Tuesday this week the 3,000 MW milestone was achieved, says the National Grid. At 11:58 am on Tuesday 6th September, wind power was supplying 7.2% of the total amount of electricity on […]

Who will pay for offshore wind?

ELN report from Renewable UK’s offshore wind conference in Liverpool

New safety standard for renewables industry

RenewableUK, the country’s largest wind and marine energy trade association, has agreed a safety accord with the HSE and Crown Estate. The safety rules are designed to make it safer to operate in the offshore wind and marine sectors and its the first such agreement anywhere in the world. The accord is designed to do […]

RenUK welcome end of MCS

A government scheme that comes to a close this week will be good for the wind industy, say RenewableUK. The wind and marine energy trade association have said that it will eliminate uncertainty over what products are available for the Feed-in Tariff and improve confidence about turbines for purchase. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme for green […]

Trade associations condemn extra charges

A group representing electricity producers in the UK has warned regulator Ofgem that changing generation charges will damage investor confidence in the market. Ofgem has proposed to charge all distribution network users the same amount, despite agreements power companies and network operators had before 2005 in which contracts decided no extra costs would be charged. […]