Major hydro project planned for Loch Ness

Intelligent Land Investments (ILI) has unveiled plans for a 400MW pumped-storage hydro-electricity project near Loch Ness.

The Red John facility would provide 2.4GWh of storage capacity for the national grid over a six-hour period.

Mark Wilson, Chief Executive of ILI, said: “Pumped storage hydro is the largest and cleanest form of energy storage that currently exists – and a key enabler in helping Scotland meet its green energy ambitions.”

> Read ILI's announcement


Ofgem extends ban on Iresa

The energy regulator has extended a temporary ban on power provider Iresa taking on new customers, requesting one-off payments and increasing direct debits.

The ban, which was introduced in March, was extended after Ofgem said Iresa had failed to resolve all its customer service failings.

Dermot Nolan, Chief Executive of Ofgem, said: “Although it has made some improvements since we issued the provisional order in March, the supplier has been unable to meet all the requirements we set it three months ago to get its house in order.”

> See Ofgem's statement


Battery storage launched at offshore wind farm

A 1MW battery has been connected to the Hywind floating wind farm off the coast of Peterhead.

Developers Masdar and Equinor – previously known as StatOil – said the Batwind project marked the first time a battery had been connected to an offshore wind farm.

Sebastian Bringsvaerd, Development Manager for Hywind and Batwind, said the battery and its software would be programmed to real-time data to better control when it releases power to the grid.

> View Equinor's announcement


Preferred candidate for watchdog role named

Martin Cave, former deputy chair of the Competition Commission and deputy panel chair of the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), has been named by the Energy Secretary as the preferred candidate to become the next Chair of Ofgem.

Cave was the architect of the UK Government’s energy price cap.

The House of Commons’ Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee is due to ratify the appointment.

> Read Ofgem's statement


EU forecasts 3.9GW marine renewables

Global wave and tidal energy capacity could hit as much as 3.9GW by 2030, according to a report from the European Commission.

The total could rise to between 1.3GW and 2.4GW under more pessimistic and medium-weighted scenarios.

The report thinks around 87% of the capacity will be installed within Europe.

> Download the report