10/04/2018 - Sector Round-Up

Galloper hits full power

The Galloper wind farm off the coast of Suffolk is now running at its full 353MW capacity.

Developer Innogy, which began constructing the offshore wind farm 18 months ago, said its 56 turbines were now all connected to the grid.

Project Director Toby Edmonds said: “Getting all the turbines switched on means we’ve done it and in record time.”

> Read Galloper's announcement


Google achieves green energy target

American technology giant Google has met its goal...

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Policy overhaul urged to unlock billions in green investment

A major report has called for the UK’s green finance policies to be overhauled to unlock the billions in investment needed for the low-carbon transition.

The Green Finance Taskforce, an alliance of organisations across the sector, argues that aims that “unprecedented levels of investment” will be required for the UK to lead the world in cutting emissions and drive economic growth.

It believes the low carbon transition taking place across the world presents a huge opportunity for the UK but...

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Another record year for wind energy

Renewable industry leaders have hailed official figures which show that wind generated 15% of the UK’s entire electricity demand in 2017 – the highest annual amount ever - up from 11% in 2016.

Renewables overall provided 29.4% - up from 25%.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s “UK Energy Statistics Report” reveals for the first time that onshore wind generated 8.5% (up from 6% in 2016) and offshore wind provided 6.2% (up from 5%), due to increased capacity and higher ...

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Key role for demand reduction to boost energy security

Energy efficiency and energy demand reduction have a key role to play in strengthening energy security, a report by the UK Energy Research Centre has said,
It said reducing energy demand reduces exposure to risks such as price shocks and energy shortages.

The report also found that the relationship between decarbonisation and energy security is “not straightforward” and argues that many of the risks can be mitigated and security of the electricity and gas system can be improved significantly by ...

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Updating wind farms could lead to cheap power boost

Repowering UK onshore wind farms as they reach the end of their operating lives would be a highly cost-effective way to increase generation of cheap, low-carbon electricity, a report has argued.

Upgrading wind farms that will reach the end of scheduled operation in the next five years with the latest and most efficient turbines would increase the UK’s generating capacity by more than 1.3 gigawatts (GW) compared with a scenario in which turbines are taken down at the end of their lives,...

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New centre to focus on energy demand

A new research centre is being set up with £19.5m of funding to study energy demand in the UK.

The UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand (UKCRED) is being backed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The centre will look to focus on the energy demand aspects of the transition to a secure and affordable low carbon energy system.

Over 40 academics

Professor Nick Eyre of the University of Oxford who will lead...

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Brexit risks to Scottish renewables highlighted

Brexit poses a skills and supply chain risk to Scotland’s renewable energy industry, its First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told delegates at Scottish Renewables’ conference.

Sturgeon urged the UK government to protect the sector from potential Brexit impacts and to provide further clarification regarding its effects on the industry.

“If we are taken out of the single market, it will hinder our supply chain and reduce our skills base,” said Sturgeon.

“If we are outside the internal energy market ...

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03/04/2018 - Sector Round Up

First power from Stronelairg wind farm

SSE has delivered first power from its 66-turbine Stronelairg wind farm in the Scottish Highlands.

The 66-turbine onshore wind farm, located South East of Fort Augustus, is the last of SSE’s onshore wind projects to be delivered under the UK’s Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme.

> View SSE's announcement


Hydrogen refuelling station opened

Shell has opened a new hydrogen refuelling station at a service station in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.


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Subsidy-free renewables in UK ‘set for breakthrough’

Great Britain is on the “cusp” of a subsidy-free renewable energy breakthrough, according to analysis by Aurora Energy Research.

Some 18GW of subsidy-free capacity could be up and running in Great Britain by 2030 the report predicted. Across North-West Europe, the total could rise to more than 60GW over the same period.

A total of €180 billion (£157bn) could be invested in North-West Europe, including €64bn in subsidy-free projects.

Germany and the Netherlands leading

The research...

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Offshore wind sector in UK sets out 2030 goals

Trade body RenewableUK has laid out plans for a sector deal with the UK Government that could trigger £48 billion of infrastructure investment by 2030.

The offshore wind industry’s 2030 goals also include a five-fold increase in exports, a £2.4 billion-a-year reduction in total electricity system costs and the creation of 16,000 skilled jobs to take the size of the workforce to 27,000.

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, who is the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador and Vice Chair of the Committee...

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