UK industry welcomes Government’s CCS competition relaunch

The UK industry has welcomed DECC’s carbon capture competition following “very clear” sets of guidelines this time around. The original Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) project was cancelled last year due to complaints from energy companies. National Grid told ELN of their interest in the competition as the study on CCS now is “more viable” in […]

European interconnector study lands funding

The EU is funding a study examining the electricity interconnectivity between the UK and Norway. NorthConnect, the company behind the study, received the funding worth €690,000 (£575,000). It claims the device will improve security of energy supply in both the UK and Scandinavian markets. It also claims that once the interconnector is in operation, it […]

Ofgem fines British Gas £2.5m

Ofgem has slapped a £2.5million fine on British Gas for “basic failures” when dealing with complaints. The regulator imposed the penalty after its investigation flagged up that the energy company had breached regulations on how it should handle customers’ problems. Key areas that Ofgem found lacking included: failure to re-open complaints when the customer felt […]

SSE looks to Ofgem for renewables recognition

Scottish and Southern Energy has applied to Ofgem for accreditation under the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme. The energy company will need this to get Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for the electricity it generates at its two main onshore wind projects, Clyde and Griffin. ROCs are granted by the energy watchdog as an incentive for energy […]

Report picks best energy suppliers to boost UK business

An independent analyst has picked out the energy firms it believes are best placed to provide UK businesses with sustainable energy supply and services. Centrica, EDF, E.ON and RWE npower are the utilities highlighted in a report by Verdantix. Other companies included in the survey are Ecotricity, GDF, Good Energy, Haven Power, Scottish and Southern […]

SSE shuts power station and scales back another

Scottish and Southern Energy has shut down a loss-making gas-fired power station and scaled back plans for a newbuild facility because of “increasingly difficult” market conditions. The company has suspended commercial operations at its 120MW Fife Power Station, with 21 staff being redeployed within SSE. And the company has scaled back its plans for a […]

SSE ditches plans for windfarm off Kintyre

Scottish and Southern Energy has ditched plans an offshore wind farm in Scotland. The company has halted work on the windfarm at Kintyre following consultations that highlighted potential problems regarding the project’s impact on nearby Campbeltown Airport, local communities and recreational sailing in the area. SSE will however press ahead with a windfarm off 13km […]

UK research centre aims to be energy world beater

A new research centre aims to lead the world in ‘smart’ energy technology, from advanced power grids to electric cars and household appliances. The £12.5m Power Network Demonstration Centre is the first of its kind in Europe and is being set up by the University of Strathclyde and energy companies including ScottishPower and Scottish and […]

SSE buys North Sea assets for £200m

Scottish and Southern Energy has spent almost £200m to buy North Sea natural gas and infrastructure assets from global exploration and production firm Hess. Natural gas reserves totalling around 300bn cubic feet have been acquired and additional, less certain resources of gas may also be identified through further exploration. Gas production from these assets is […]

SSE gets go-ahead for new hydro station

Scottish and Southern Energy has won approval from the Scottish government to build a 60MW pumping station at its hydro electric power plant at Loch Lomond. SEE claims the new station will enable it to provide an additional 100GWh of electricity in a year to help meet peak demand. Construction of the project is due […]