‘Ground-breaking moment’ for marine energy kite

Developer Minesto has deployed a marine energy kite off Holyhead in North Wales.

Chief Executive Martin Edlund said: “It is a world’s-first achievement that confirms the functionality of our patented concept at utility scale.”

Minesto’s kite flies across the underwater current, “significantly enhancing the water flow speed through the turbine”.

> View Minesto's announcement


Foresight in windfarm deal

Foresight Group has acquired the 14.4MW wind farm in North Pickenham, Norfolk from German renewables company, ENERTRAG.

The wind farm has been operating since 2006 and consists of eight Vestas V90 wind turbines, with a totalled installed capacity of 14.4MW.

ENERTRAG led the original development, financing and construction of the wind farm and has provided operational management from the outset.

> See Foresight's announcement


Network unveils plan to stop electric vehicles overloading local grids

Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has suggested installing monitors at substations and in consumers’ homes to stop electric vehicles from overloading the power grid.

The monitors would allow network operators to adjust electric vehicles charging if faults occurred on the grid.

Stewart Reid, Head of DSO and Innovation at SSEN, said: “Whilst we continue to work with industry to develop an enduring solution to managed charging, the proposed interim solution is an important step to ensure the UK realises its low carbon transport ambitions with no adverse impact to both electric vehicle users and electricity networks.”

> See SSEN's statement


Island CfD wind auctions on track for spring 2019

Wind farms located on the Scottish islands are poised to compete in Contracts for Difference (CfD) after the UK Government published its response to consultations on the plan.

Ministers have shied away from imposing an upper limit on how much capacity offshore wind farms can win in the auctions.

But Antony Skinner, renewables partner at law firm Ashurst, warned: “There is a real risk that by not introducing a minima for remote island wind projects such projects may struggle to gain a CfD at a strike price that will make them viable; this is what happened to tidal stream projects in an earlier CfD round.”

> Read BEIS's response


British Gas pays £2.65m in refunds and compensation

Britain’s biggest energy supplier has been ordered to pay £2.65 million in refunds, compensation and donations to a redress fund.

Ofgem said British Gas had wrongly informed 2.5 million customers that exit fees were chargeable and incorrectly charged exit fees to 1,698 fixed deal customers.

The company also wrongly charged 94,211 customers its more expensive standard variable tariff rate after they decided to switch to a new supplier, due to a system error.

> Read Ofgem's announcement