Wind turbines fail to pick up speed

Figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that 48% of wind farm applications were rejected last year, up from 29% six years ago. Jacqueline Harris, a Partner at McGrigors, said that the planning system is too heavily weighted to local interests: “The feeling is that local authorities are too often prioritising local […]

British Gas price rise adds to lack of trust

Consumer Focus have said British Gas’s recent 18% price rise will push hundred of thousands of households into fuel poverty. Unless Ofgem step up with strategic measures to make energy pricing fair, the market will continue to fail the consumer. Mike O’Connor CBE, Chief Executive of Consumer Focus said: “Consumers simply don’t trust that energy […]

Government set to save £1.3m through energy management

The Home Office has entered into energy management contracts with public service provider Amey and British Gas Business across 90% of its estate on a ‘payment by results’ basis. The contracts come after the two companies saved the department £212,000 in eight months. The scheme aims to save £1.3 million through making 350 government buildings […]

Stealth turbine blades to reduce interference with radar

Wind turbine manufacturers Vestas have developed a rotor blade using stealth technology which could mean many more sites can be developed near airports and other radar systems without interfering in their operations.Finn Strøm Madsen, Vestas Technology R&D President said: “This is a critical step toward the commercialization of stealth turbines and holds potential to open […]