Fiddler’s Ferry life extended

SSE has extended the life of its Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired power station in Cheshire after it won a one-year contract to provide ancillary services to National Grid.

Martin Pibworth, Managing Director, Wholesale, for SSE, said: “Challenging economic and environmental conditions for coal as the UK cleans its electricity mix mean that the longer term future of the site remains uncertain but we are very pleased to have secured this 12 month contract.”

News of Fiddler’s Ferry’s reprieve came as SSE closed its Ferrybridge C coal-fired power station in West Yorkshire on 31 March following 50 years’ service.

> See SSE's statement

European Investment Bank in £500m grid support move

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to lend £500 million to support the upgrading of the electricity network in the North of Scotland so that it can handle more wind, wave and tidal power.

The deal includes a 1.2GW subsea cable between Spittal in Caithness and Blackhillock in Moray.

David Gardner, Director of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission, which is owned by SSE, said: “This project represents the largest investment in electricity network in the North of Scotland since the hydro development era of the 1950s.”

> Read the EIB's announcement

Lightsource strikes Belfast Airport deal

Lightsource has struck a 25-year power purchase agreement with Belfast International Airport.

The company will connect a 4.84MWp solar farm into the airport’s private electricity network to provide 27% of the site’s annual electricity demand.
Lightsource hailed the deal as the largest ever signed with a UK airport.

> See Lightsource's statement

Solar panels installed at Edinburgh water works

Scottish Water has installed 1,000 solar panels at its Marchbank water treatment works near Balerno on the edge of Edinburgh.

The panels will supply a quarter of the power required by the site, which serves 68,000 properties in Edinburgh and West Lothian.

The panels are capable of generating 200MWh of electricity each year.

> See Scottish Water's statement

£3m turbine plans for port

Associated British Ports (ABP) has unveiled plans to install a second wind turbine at its docks at Newport in Wales.

The project to install the 2.3MW turbine will cost £3 million.

Its first turbine was installed in March 2014.

Ralph Windeatt, Head of Commercial at ABP South Wales, said: “ABP is fully committed to investing in renewable energy projects and we are continually reviewing how we can better incorporate sustainable practices and renewable energy technology into our port operations.

“The development of a second wind turbine at the Port of Newport clearly demonstrates this commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and through these investments we are moving towards becoming self-sufficient for our own day-to-day operational electricity needs.”

> View ABP's announcement