Wind to top 500GW

Global wind energy capacity is forecast to top 500GW by the end of 2016, according to the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).

The total at the end of June was more than 456.GW and able meet to around 4.7% of the world’s electricity demand, WWEA said.

The WWEA said 21.7GW of new capacity was added in the first six months of the year, similar to the 21.6GW that were added in the first half of 2015, WWEA said.

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50% renewables goal for Scotland ‘achievable’

Producing half of Scotland's energy needs using renewable technology by 2030 is an achievable target, according to a new report.

WWF Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland and RSPB Scotland which commissioned the study have now called on the Scottish government to implement the policies necessary to reach the goal.

The report said two-fifths of Scotland's homes should be heated from renewable sources by 2030

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MetOffice in deal with ScottishPower

ScottishPower Renewables has chosen the MetOffice’s VisualEye software to provide site-specific weather forecast information

The two-year contract with ScottishPower Renewables will enable it to monitor and keep track of real-time and forecast conditions across its portfolio of wind farms at its world-leading Whitelee Wind Farm control centre.

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Oil and gas firms urged to diversify

Britain’s world-leading experience in oil and gas could be harnessed to put the country at the forefront of the growing offshore renewables market, according to a new campaign.

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has launched set the sector a series of innovation challenges as it continues to come to terms with lower oil prices and weakening demand.

The challenges urge companies to diversify and take an early lead in the global renewables revolution.

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Green Investment Bank backs energy from waste plant

UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) has committed £28m of debt finance to a new £142m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant at Millerhill in Midlothian, near Edinburgh.

The 14.1 MW facility is expected to treat up to 155,000 tonnes of waste every year once complete. The waste, sourced mainly from local residences, will be pre-screened in a mechanical treatment facility to remove recyclable material before entering the energy recovery process.

The plant is forecast to generate approximately 94,000 MWh of electricity annually. It is anticipated that it will avoid greenhouse gas emissions equalling 30,000 tonnes per annum, equivalent to removing 13,800 cars from the road for the lifetime of the project.

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