UK’s Renewables Obligation scheme closes

One of the UK Government’s main support mechanisms for large-scale renewable projects has closed to new generating capacity. Under the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme, suppliers must generate an increasing proportion of their electricity from green sources. Operators are issued RO certificates (ROCs) based on the amount of electricity they generate for a period of 20 […]

Weir buying hydro! Gazprom Energy signs seven year deal

Gazprom Energy will buy power from ten hydroelectric sites across England and Wales for seven years under a new deal kicking off today. The business energy supplier will take 17MW worth of power from independent renewable generator Infinis’ sites, including Barton Lock in Greater Manchester, Beeston Weir in Nottingham, the Elan Valley (pictured) in South […]

UK in midst of “flurry” in renewables investment

The UK is in the midst of a “flurry” in renewable energy investment as firms rush to make the most of certain returns on their cash. With the UK Government set to swap from one subsidy regime to a new one in 2017, investors are apparently making the most of the next few years when […]

Scottish Government cuts biomass support at 15MW

The Scottish Government has removed  subsidy for biomass power plants of more than 15MW due to concerns they will use too much wood. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing made the announcement for future support levels and said wood-fuelled biomass plants with more than 15MW of capacity will only receive support if they operate as combined heat […]

New support levels for solar and biomass

The Government has set out support levels designed to encourage new solar and biomass power generation developments. Under the new package, ground-mounted solar installations with more than 5MW of capacity will receive 1.6 Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) per megawatt hour from April next year and building-mounted systems will get 1.7 ROCs/MWh. The new support levels […]

DECC’s solar cuts “too big and too soon”

DECC’s new proposal to cut tariffs on solar installations are “too big and too soon”. That’s the view of the Solar Trade Association (STA) who have slammed last week’s Government’s consultation on solar support. DECC have proposed a reduction for large-scale solar installations from 2ROCs/MWh to 1.5 ROCs/MWh from March next year. But the STA […]

DECC’s new consultation to provide certainty

DECC has today released its consultation on the level of support for solar and biomass in an effort to provide certainty for investors. The new rates are set under the Renewables Obligation (RO), which are subsidies given to companies for the amount of renewable electricity they generate. The consultation proposes that large-scale solar installations should […]

Deep geothermal feeling sore after subsidy slight

The deep geothermal power industry has been left feeling slighted after the Government decided to freeze the level of subsidy it will get in future. Energy Secretary Ed Davey announced new levels for the renewables obligation (RO) yesterday, confirming the subsidy will be frozen at 2 ROCs for deep geothermal. Dr Ryan Law, Chair of […]

DECC updates Electricity Market Reform plans

The National Grid is to take on a pivotal role in delivering the Government’s new energy policies, says DECC. The National Grid will become the system operator for theFeed-in Tariff with Contracts for Difference and the capacity mechanism under the Government’s electricity market reform. At Parliament today, energy secretary Chris Huhne announced the news in […]

Co-op lends £500bn to renewable projects

The Co-operative Bank has lent more than half a billion pounds to renewable energy projects. Since 2007, the banking arm of the supermarket chain has funded 108 new renewable energy projects with more than £500billion. The Bank specialises in projects with a capital value of up to £25m which are usually taken on by smaller […]