SmartestEnergy wins battery storage contract

SmartestEnergy is providing the commercial services for the operations of the Tynemouth lithium-ion battery storage project developed in Newcastle by multinational power utility Enel.

Under the contract, SmartestEnergy will supply energy to and handle the offtake from the 25MW battery. SmartestEnergy will also provide services to support the four-year Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) contract which the standalone battery project has secured with National Grid.

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Welsh Government offers to back tidal lagoon plans

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has promised further investment for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.

He called on the UK Government to give the green light for the proposed scheme.

His comments came a year on from the Hendry review, which backed the construction of a tidal lagoon off the south coast of Wales.

> Read the Welsh Government's announcement


Study to look at floating wind farm benefits

Crown Estate Scotland and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult are to investigate the potential economic benefits of floating wind farms.

Hywind, the world’s first floating wind farm, opened off the North-East coast of Scotland last year.

Bodies including RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and the Offshore Wind Industry Council will also contribute to the research.

> See Crown Estate Scotland's statement


Ineos to challenge fracking ban

Gas processor Ineos is seeking a judicial review of the Scottish Government’s ban on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” to extract shale gas.

Tom Pickering, Operations Director at Ineos Shale, said: “We have serious concerns about the legitimacy of the ban and have therefore applied to the court to ask that it review the competency of the decision to introduce it.”

Ineos argued that an expert report commissioned by the Scottish Government had concluded that shale gas could be produced safely.

> See Ineos's statement


Boots beats carbon reduction target

High street chain Boots’ UK business has hit its carbon dioxide emissions reduction target three years ahead of schedule.

The company had pledged to cuts its carbon output by 30% in 2020 compared with 2005 levels.

The group’s Walgreens business in the United States remains on track to hit its 2020 target, according to its corporate social responsibility report.

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