Scotland’s first urban community hydro launches share offer

Aberdeen Community Energy has unveiled plans to raise £500,000 through a share offer.

The cash will be used to construct the Donside project, Scotland’s first urban community hydro scheme.

The scheme is on-track to be connected to the grid in October and will generate enough power for 130 homes.

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Marine energy hub opens in South Wales

Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP) and the Port of Milford Haven have opened a “marine energy hub”.

Consultancy firm MarineSpace has become the first business to relocate to the hub.

Holly Pretious, MEP’s Coordinator, said: “The team’s overall aim is to establish Pembrokeshire and Wales as a ‘centre of excellence’ for a sustainable marine energy generation.”

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Welsh wind farm repowering to go ahead

Rhyd-y-Groes Wind Farm, owned by TPG Wind Ltd which is a joint venture between E.ON and Eurus Energy, has received planning consent from Anglesey County Council to be repowered.

Built off the north-west tip of Anglesey, the current 24 turbine site has been generating power for 24 years, making it Wales’ oldest wind farm.  

Plans to replace the current 24 turbines with 11 new turbines were submitted to Anglesey Council in April 2015. Once constructed, the proposed 9.9MW repowered site will be able to produce more power than the currently installed 24 turbines.

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Dong pulls out of Humber Estuary project

Danish power company Dong Energy has pulled out of plans to build the £450 million Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) on the banks of the Humber Estuary.

Dong said it remained committed to its six wind farm projects on the east coast.

The company added that the energy park wouldn’t be ready in time to help construct the wind farms.

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New director at energy trade body

Trade body RenewableUK has appointed Emma Pinchbeck as its new Executive Director for communication and policy.

She joins from environmental charity WWF-UK, where she was Head of Climate Change and Energy.

Pinchbeck previously worked in consultancy roles across the energy and financial sectors, as well as working for the Sustainable Energy Association.

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