UK energy storage sector sees massive surge

Planning applications to install battery storage capacity have soared from just 2MW in 2012 to a total of 6.87GW this year

Scottish wind turbine maker goes into provisional liquidation

Trade body slams government for cuts to the Feed-in Tariff, which support small-scale renewables and due to close to new applicants in April 2019

British firms secure almost half of UK’s offshore deals

  Almost half (48%) of the investment in planning, building and running offshore wind projects has been awarded to British companies. That’s a 5% increase from the previous report published in 2015, according to latest figures from RenewableUK. That means the sector has almost hit its target of sourcing 50% of its work in Britain […]

UK Government ‘must invest in affordable green power’

The UK Government needs to keep consumer energy bills down by investing in domestic, affordable, low carbon power. In its manifesto wish-list, RenewableUK suggests onshore and offshore wind in particular are likely to present the cheapest form of energy moving into the future. The renewable trade association’s document, published in the run-up to the general […]

Marine energy makes waves in UK waters

The UK is well-positioned to lead a global marine energy industry. That’s according to the experts who spoke to ELN at RenewableUK’s Wave and Tidal 2017 conference in Westminster, who discussed the important role the emerging technology could play in the future of Britain’s energy system. Ian Selby, Head of Minerals and Resource Management at the Crown Estate said: “We’ve […]

England ‘not windy enough to justify more onshore wind’

England is not windy enough to justify more onshore wind developments. That’s according to Hugh McNeal, CEO at RenewableUK, who added wind speeds in the region are not high enough to make projects economically viable without subsidies. Speaking to the Telegraph, Mr McNeal said despite the government cuts to subsidy, the industry could still build […]

‘Policy main barrier for energy storage growth’

Regulation is the main barrier for the growth of energy storage and demand management in the UK. That’s the view of Gordon Edge, Director of Policy at RenewableUK who added the technologies can help decarbonise the energy network but they need to be “well distributed”. Speaking to ELN, he said: “There are some very old […]

RenewableUK appoints DECC director as new CEO

Trade body RenewableUK has appointed Hugh McNeal as its new Chief Executive. Mr McNeal, who is currently Director of Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), will start the new role from April. He has also worked as Chief Executive of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment at DECC and Deputy Director of […]

Wind turbines provided 11% of UK’s power needs

Around 11% of the UK’s electricity needs was provided by wind farms in 2015. That’s 5.8% from onshore wind and 5.2% from offshore turbines, according to new National Grid statistics supplied to RenewableUK. It was a record year as the green energy source provided enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 8.2 million homes […]

UK offshore wind to generate £5.9bn by 2021

Offshore wind projects in the UK in 2016 will generate £5.9 billion of investment in the next five years. That’s according to RenewableUK which stated more than 4.6GW of capacity will be under construction this year. On the other hand, it added there’s an uncertain future for onshore wind projects in the next few years. The sector […]