Gas prices force firms to use coal power

High gas prices in the UK led to companies opting for coal power instead this year. That’s what the figures in DECC’s new ‘UK Energy Statistics’ report suggest as gas generation fell to its lowest share of the UK’s energy mix over the past 14 years. Coal however accounted for 36.1% of electricity in the […]

£10m energy challenge will see “renaissance” of skills

A £10 million prize launched yesterday to harness marine power in Scotland could make the country a world leader in renewable energy. The Saltire Prize competition, funded by the Scottish tax payer, will pit four private companies against each other to see who can generate the most power from the sea. The devices installed in […]

£18m marine energy fund open for bid

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond opened a two-month bid for an £18 million fund for marine energy yesterday. The Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF) forms part of £35 million that the Scottish Government and its enterprise agencies will provide in direct support to the wave and tidal industry over the next three years. The Minister […]

Wave and tidal firms win £7m funding

Nine wave and tidal research and development projects have won funding worth $£7m. Some £6.6m of the money is coming from the Technology Strategy Board, a government-backed funding programme, while £400,000 is being out up by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The nine projects are run by Aquamarine Power, Aviation Enterprises, AWS Ocean […]