Marine renewables on track for 50MW

Europe’s marine energy market is on track to hit 50MW of capacity, with just under 20MW installed and a further 30MW under construction, according to a report by professional network Ocean Energy Europe.

Jacopo Moccia, the body’s Policy Director, said: “Most notably, the tidal industry deployed its first pre-commercial farms at Paimpol-Brehat in France; and the MeyGen and Shetland Tidal Array projects in Scotland.

“Following a couple of rocky years, wave energy has steadied itself and the frontrunner technologies are gearing up to deploy their first pre-commercial farms over the next two to three years.”

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Consumer code extended to storage

Battery storage has been added to the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) to promote customer protection.

The RECC said if installers follow its code then they “can be confident that they are providing consumers with all the requisite information they need before concluding a sale”.

Virginia Graham, Chief Executive at Renewable Energy Assurance, the certification and consumer protection body owned by the Renewable Energy Association, said: ‘We think this is a major step forward for consumer protection in this important emerging sector.”

> Read the RECC's announcement

Japanese firm in £500,000 UK battery investment

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has bought a £500,000 stake in Moixa, the UK-based maker of smart batteries for homes and the developer of the cloud-based GridShare platform to manage and aggregate distributed storage.

Hirokazu Yamaguchi, Executive General Manager, Global Innovation & Investments at TEPCO, said: “Moixa has developed a robust battery storage and smart energy sharing platform.

“We look forward to gaining hands-on experience for the benefit of our customers.”

> Find out more about Moixa

Towns receive £24m in heat project funding

Thirteen English local authorities are to share £24 million to help them develop “clean and efficient” heating systems.

Climate Change and Industry Minister Nick Hurd made the awards, which are the first from the £320m heat networks fund.

Winning entries at the building stage include four projects in London, two in Manchester and one each in Colchester, Crawley and Sheffield, while support was won at the planning stage by projects in Buckinghamshire Islington, Middlesbrough and Trafford.

> See BEIS's statement

EDF to raise prices

French power firm EDF Energy is increasing its UK standard variable dual fuel direct debit tariff by 7.2% from 21 June. Its gas tariff is rising by 5.5% and its electricity tariff by 9%.

Vincent de Rivaz, EDF’s Chief Executive, said: “I know that price rises are never welcome, but the industry is facing significant cost increases.”

> Read EDF's announcement