EMEC in US tie-up

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) on Orkney has signed a deal with the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) in the United States.

Under the agreement, the two centres will exchange knowledge and collaborate on research.

The NNMREC has sites in Alaska, Oregon and Washington State.

> Read EMEC's announcement

Renewables consultancy in takeover deal

Energised Environments has acquired Bristol-based renewable energy consultancy IT Power Consulting.

The combined business now comprises 50 staff based in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol and internationally, providing environmental and engineering services in the UK and overseas to the energy, transport, property and construction sectors and to corporate blue chip clients.

> Find out more about the deal

Wind towers ordered for mothballed steel plants

The Liberty House Group has unveiled plans to create a manufacturing centre for steel wind turbine towers in the UK after buying the necessary equipment.

Liberty said it would reveal the location of the site “within the next few weeks”.

News of the investment comes just days after Liberty unveiled plans to recruit 100 staff for its newly-reopened steel plate plants at Clydebridge and Dalzell near Glasgow.

> View Liberty's announcement

Solar and storage packages offered for homes

North Star Solar is in talks to supply solar panels, storage batteries and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to 22,000 homes in Stanley, County Durham.

If all of the houses sign-up to the scheme, which is being coordinated by Stanley Town Council, then the project will cost £140 million and add 66MW of generating capacity.

North Star Solar plans to use panels supplied by Jinko and Trina, and batteries provided by Leclanché and Sonnen.

> Find out more about North Star Solar

Ofgem plans safety net for supplier failure

Energy regulator Ofgem has unveiled plans to create a safety net for consumers’ money if their supplier goes bust.

The watchdog said: “As part of the process for selecting a replacement supplier Ofgem will take into account who can best protect consumers’ credit balances.

“Ofgem is also proposing to allow, on a case by case basis, the costs of reimbursing the credit balances to be spread across all energy customers. This would better protect customers’ money and have a small impact on bills.”

> See Ofgem's statement