UK offshore wind farm returns 79% of unused zone

The unused parts of a proposed wind farm located south of Dorset and the Isle of Wight is to be handed back to the developer. Under the terms of the agreement, Navitus Bay will return 571km2 – which represents 79% of the original area – to The Crown Estate. It awarded the development zone to Navitus […]

Crown Estate to study offshore wind transmission

The Crown Estate has commissioned a study into best practice in the transmission of power from offshore wind. The research will draw on knowledge from developers, transmission owners and equipment manufacturers and build on recommendations made last year by the Government’s taskforce which looked at cutting the cost of offshore wind. Martin Simpson, Head of New […]

Carbon storage could be ‘next big national resource’

We’re used to thinking of oil, gas and even wind as a national energy resource. But academics say there could well soon be another option to add to that list: storage space. UK researchers are putting together a database of places where carbon dioxide could be stored under the sea around the British coastline. Storing […]

Wind cost could come down by a third

The Government and wind industry players say it will be possible to bring the price of offshore wind energy down to £100 per megawatt in less than a decade. This would cut the cost by around a third (30%) by 2020, from £140/MWh today – if the “tough timeline” of recommendations in a new report […]

EDF teams up with Eneco for Isle of Wight wind farm

EDF Energy has formed a partnership with Dutch firm Eneco to develop the Navitus Bay Wind Project to the west of the Isle of Wight. The firms claim the proposed project could deliver between 900MW and 1200MW of capacity in the northern part of the area, which covers 76 square miles. The farm could be […]

DONG breeze into round three

Wind power experts DONG Energy has acquired a 33.3% stake in two offshore wind projects in the Hornsea zone. The £15 million purchase from the 50/50 joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemen’s Financial Services could have a capacity of up to 1GW. Hornsea is one of nine zones being developed in the seas […]

Investment barriers dropped for UK marine projects

As of January 2012 small companies hoping to enter the UK marine market will see financial entry barriers significantly reduced. The Crown Estate, which owns the rights to the UK’s waters, has decided to drop the level of parent company financial guarantees it requires from wave and tidal customers. For projects that have already won […]

Hands off our sea say Scots

Scotland should have control over its seabed so it can exploit its assets for Scottish people said Alex Salmond today. The First Minister said the Crown Estate should devolve responsibility and rights to the seas around Scotland to the devolved Government in a deal worth millions. The Crown Estate owns rights to UK territorial waters […]

Report says UK could cut carbon by 1.1bn tonnes

The first full economic valuation of the UK’s offshore renewable resources has made some startling conclusions. The Offshore Valuation states that using just one third of the UK’s wind, wave and tidal resources could unlock the electricity equivalent of 1bn barrels of oil a year, give CO2 reductions of 1.1bn tonnes by 2050 and create […]