The Informer

Decommissioning starts at first offshore wind farm

Blyth offshore wind farm, the first to be built off the coast of the UK, is to be decommissioned, with one of the two 2MW turbines used for spare parts and the other for training purposes.

The wind farm was constructed in 2000 and heralded the start of the country’s offshore wind industry.

Patrick Rainey, Offshore Technical Specialist at E.ON, said: “Through Blyth, we were able to demonstrate to the watching world that the technology worked, and we’ve been able to use our experience and learning to go on to develop a further 1.5GW of wind capacity off the UK coast.”

> Read E.ON's announcement


Investor buys stake in interconnector

Investment manager Partners Group has bought a stake in the proposed 500MW Greenlink interconnector between County Wexford in Ireland and Pembrokeshire in Wales.

Element Power and its owner, Hudson Sustainable Investments, will retain the majority shareholding in the project, which is expected to begin construction in 2020.

Joseph Slamm, partner in Hudson and director of Greenlink, said: “We are delighted to welcome Partners Group, a well-established and respected infrastructure investor, into the Greenlink project and look forward to working toward realising the benefits for consumers, energy security and regional jobs and investment in Ireland and Wales.”

> View Greenlink's announcement


OVO backs energy start-up

Kaluza, the technology arm of energy retailer OVO, has made its first investment, buying a minority stake in energy technology company Electron.

Electron will use the funding to develop its distributed flexibility marketplace.

Electron’s specialisms include blockchain and the “internet of things”.

> See OVO's statement


Major smart meter milestone achieved

The 500,000th second-generation smart meter has been installed in the UK.

The Data Communications Company (DCC), which manages the smart meter network, said 7,000 meters are now being installed every day, up from just 1,000 during the whole month of June 2018.

The landmark was reached with E.ON installing a meter in Pitstone, a village near Leighton Buzzard in Buckinghamshire.

> Read the DCC's announcement


£155m Glasgow recycling and renewable energy centre opens

Glasgow City Council and waste manager Viridor have opened their £155 million Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC), which is producing enough power for 22,000 homes.

The site removes recyclable material from rubbish and then burns the remaining waste to generate power.

It also includes an anaerobic digestion plant that uses bacteria to breakdown food waste and produce methane, which can then be burned to generate more electricity.

> See Glasgow City Council's statement