Chinese coal plants to be digitally managed

A total of 19 coal-fired units in China are to be managed using a digital solution. Siemens is setting up the integrated and connected Remote Operation Centre (ROC) for China Resources Power Holdings Company’s (CR Power) coal fleet, which will give real-time insights into the operational conditions of the plants. Based on the insights, Siemens’ […]

Green certificates issued in third quarter fell 6%

The number of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) issued to generators decreased by 6% during the third quarter of the year. It fell from around 20.6 million during the same period last year to more than 19.4 million this year, according to new data released by BEIS. ROCs are designed to encourage generation of electricity from eligible renewable […]

Green certificates issued to generators up 6%

The number of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) issued during the first quarter of the year increased by 6%. They rose from more than 23 million in the first quarter last year to 24.4 million in 2016. Generation picked up by 4% to 18,713GW, new figures from DECC reveal. ROCs are issued to operators of accredited renewable energy generating […]

Renewables obligation certificates increased 13%

The number of Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) issued to generators rose 13% in the 2014/15 financial year. It increased to more than 71 million, new data from DECC revealed. The ROCs are designed to encourage generation of electricity from eligible renewable sources in the UK. They are issued by Ofgem. Overall generation rose to 55,785GWh. In the fourth […]

Investment firm buys UK solar farm for £150m

A Jersey-based investment company has bought a 34.7MW solar farm in Wiltshire for £150 million. That’s enough to power around 21,000 homes, the company claims. Port Farm was connected to the National Grid in March 2015. It has received a Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) accreditation at the rate of 1.4ROCs/MWh. Foresight Solar Fund now owns […]

Leading expert paints a gloomy picture for energy users

Householders and businesses could soon face another round of gas and electricity price hikes, according to an energy expert. Presenting at the Utilities Intermediaries Association (UIA) annual conference, Robert Buckley (pictured), Director of Cornwall Energy painted a gloomy picture for energy prices. He said third party charges and non-commodity costs would go up significantly as […]

SSE to build £30m Scottish hydropower plant

Energy supplier SSE has confirmed it will build a £30 million hydropower plant in Ross-shire in northern Scotland. The 7.5MW Glasa scheme is expected to be completed by the end of 2015 and when fully operational will generate enough electricity to power around 10,000 homes. The project was consented by Scottish Ministers in 2010 but […]

PPA deal for 15 years boosts green investment

A 15 year power purchase agreement is paving the way for a £70m investment in renewable energy. The deal struck between green energy investors Low Carbon and SmartestEnergy will cover generating capacity of 65MW, enough to power more than 20,000 UK homes. An initial 23MW of capacity under the PPA has been provided by four […]

Scottish Government ‘concerned’ about UK wind decision

The Scottish Government is “concerned” that DECC’s decision to support onshore wind is only guaranteed until 2014. The comment follows Energy Secretary Ed Davey’s announcement yesterday that the UK Government will provide support at a level of 0.9 of a Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC), which are subsidies given to energy stations for the amount of […]

Renewables decision gives industry ‘short-term relief’

The Government’s announcement for renewables subsidy in the UK will bring “short-term relief” for the industry. The comment, made by Ernst & Young, comes after Energy Secretary Ed Davey announced a 10% cut in onshore wind subsidies rather than the 25% proposed by the Treasury. Amaud Bouille, Environmental Infrastructure Director at the company said: “DECC’s […]