The Informer

Another coal-fired station to close

French company EDF Energy has announced the closure of its Cottam coal-fired power station in North Nottinghamshire.

The 2GW plant, which opened in 1969, is due to close on 30 September.

EDF said it will review the future of its 2GW West Burton A coal power station in North Nottinghamshire once the capacity agreements for three of its four units expire in 2021.

> Read EDF's announcement


UK cities to become climate hubs

Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds have been awarded £3.5 million by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to form a research network.

The Place-based Climate Action Network (P-CAN) is designed to bring together public, private and charity partners and to attract green investment into the cities.

Energy Minister Claire Perry said: “The network will include researchers from universities across the UK, and will explore innovative approaches to sustainable finance, renewable energy and low-carbon projects, and also highlight the business opportunities and social and economic benefits of local energy projects to communities.”

> View the announcement


EU launches battery research project

The European Commission has launched a €1 million (£880,000) project to increase collaboration within the energy storage industry.

Batteries Europe will be led by InnoEnergy – a company promoting innovation and entrepreneurship – and will include the European Energy Research Alliance and the European Association for Storage of Energy.

Diego Pavia, InnoEnergy’s Chief Executive, said: “Energy storage is the linchpin technology for the clean energy system of the future, from grid storage to electric vehicles and cordless tools.

> Find out more


New board members at Scottish Renewables

Industry body Scottish Renewables has appointed four new directors to its Board

Chairman Rob Forrest of GreenPower is joined by Susie Lind (EDF Renewables), Richard Hatton (Enercon), Rachel Anderson (RES) and Mike Hay (RIDG).

An election for the posts was held among Scottish Renewables’ 260 member companies and saw a record number of candidates and votes cast.

> Find out more about Scottish Renewables


Scottish Government launched marine energy fund

A £10 million fund will target support to achieving commercial deployment of tidal energy generation in Scottish waters, under a scheme announced by the Scottish Government.

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “Scotland continues to lead the world in developing and supporting marine energy technology, with the European Marine Energy Centre on Orkney recognised as a global centre of excellence. We believe that tidal energy can not only play an important role in our own future energy system, but it has substantial export potential."

> Read more on the fund