First power for Rampion

The first turbine in E.ON’s Rampion offshore wind farm has begun generating electricity.

Construction of the wind farm began off the coast of Sussex in 2015.

The 400MW project is expected to be completed next year.

> Read E.ON's announcement


Plans for one of UK’s largest battery projects announced

Public Power Solutions (PPS), the company owned by Swindon Borough Council, has applied for planning permission to build one of the UK’s largest electricity storage facilities.

The firm wants to install batteries with a 50MW capacity at its former Mannington depot.

Steve Cains, Head of Power Solutions at PPS, said: “This has the potential to be a real game-changer, helping to integrate the variable generation from renewables, reduce costs for consumers, and build a clean-energy system fit for the future.”

> See Swindon Borough Council's statement


Shetland wind farm plans unveiled

Energy Isles, a consortium of businesses on Shetland, has published plans to erect 63 turbines on the island of Yell.

The 200MW onshore wind farm would use turbines with blade tips of at least 150 metres.

The consortium wants to bid for Contracts for Difference under the UK Government’s proposals for the islands and would rely on a long-promised interconnector to the Scottish mainland.

> Find out more about Energy Isles


Decentralised energy trade bodies merge

Two trade bodies covering the decentralised energy sector have unveiled plans to merge.

Under the scheme, the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) will become part of the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

Tim Rotheray will continue in his role as ADE Director, while ACE Chief Executive Joanne Wade will become the ADE’s Deputy Director.

The enlarged organisation will cover the industrial, commercial, public and domestic sectors.

> Read the ADE's announcement


Mainstream seeks equity partner for £2bn project

Mainstream Renewable Power has appointed accountancy firm KPMG to find it an equity partner to build its £2 billion Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm off the coast of Fife.

Andy Kinsella, Mainstream’s Chief Executive, said: “Neart na Gaoithe is fully consented and has an index-linked Contract for Difference for 15 years.

“Almost all the major players in the offshore wind sector are already in discussions with us.”

> Read Mainstream's statement