Northern Powergrid in £4m battery project

Northern Powergrid – the electricity distributor for the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire – has begun supplying frequency balancing services to the national grid using a £4 million battery.

The 2.5MW battery, which has been installed in Darlington, can store enough energy to power 2,500 houses for two hours.

Jim Cardwell, Northern Powergrid’s Head of Trading and Innovation, said: “Batteries are set to transform the way we deliver and use electricity, and will play a key role in achieving the Government’s long-term vision for a smart, flexible, low-carbon energy system.”

> Read Northern Powergrid's announcement


Wales sets new clean energy target

Lesley Griffiths, Wales’ Cabinet Secretary for Environment, has set a target for the principality to generate 70% of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030.

Last year renewables provided 32% of the electricity used in Wales.

Griffiths also wants 1GW of renewable electricity capacity in Wales to be locally owned by 2030 and all new renewable energy projects to have at least an element of local ownership by 2020.

> View the Welsh Government's announcement


Green energy awards shortlist announced

Trade body Scottish Renewables has unveiled the shortlist for its Scottish Green Energy Awards.

Nominees include the world’s largest tidal stream array developed by MeyGen, the first floating wind farm made by StatOil, SR2000’s largest and most powerful marine energy device in the world and the first tidal turbine array by Nova Innovations.

Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “What Scotland is doing – using renewable energy to drive economic growth, cut carbon emissions, heat homes and create jobs – is an exemplar for the rest of the world, and the unique achievements highlighted today show that more clearly than ever.”

> See Scottish Renewables' statement


£2m offshore wind energy centre opened

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) and the University of Hull are to open an offshore wind Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Centre of Excellence in the Humber region.

The £2 million facility will run a number of projects over the next five years.

Chris Hill, the OREC’s Operational Performance Director, said: “Operations and maintenance activities make up almost a quarter of the lifetime costs of an offshore wind farm, and provide a huge opportunity for UK companies to supply their products and services.”

> Read the University of Hull's statement


CCS economic potential highlighted

A report by Summit Power’s Caledonia Clean Energy Project has concluded that a carbon capture and storage network along Great Britain’s east coast could generate £160 billion for the economy between now and 2060.

The economic boost from the network could outweigh its cost by £129bn, the paper said.

Stephen Kerr, Director of the Caledonia Clean Energy Project, said: “In the medium term, the strategic value to the UK in offering Europe-wide carbon dioxide storage services is undeniable and could more than double these numbers.”

> Find out more about the Caledonia Clean Energy Project