Wind generation capacity in the UK has hit the 20GW mark, enough to meet the annual power needs of more than 14 million homes.
The landmark total was reached after the opening of Ørsted’s 659MW Walney Extension off the coast of Cumbria earlier this month.
Industry body RenewableUK said the figures highlighted the huge contribution now being made by wind but also reiterated its call for the UK Government to allow future onshore projects to compete for contracts.
RenewableUK’s Executive Directo...
Lifting trade sanctions against China could reduce the cost of solar panels by 30%, according to an investment firm.
Lowering the price of panels could bring benefits within weeks and may make solar Europe’s cheapest form of energy by 2020, the Sun Investment Group said.
The Europe Union (EU) introduced a tariff of up to 64.9% on Chinese solar panels in 2013 after accusing the Communist state of dumping panels on the European market to harm local manufacturers.
Its decision to lift remove min...
The UK’s agreement to leave the European Union (EU) must include measures to create a more prosperous energy sector and tackle climate change, according to an open letter signed by an alliance of companies and organisations.
The group – which includes power firm EDF, consumer products manufacturer Unilever, and trade bodies such as Energy UK, the Energy Networks Association and RenewableUK – wants a dedicated chapter on energy and climate change in the final documents.
Its letter to Prime Mini...
Industry body RenewableUK has warned that the future growth of the onshore wind industry and investment in new infrastructure is at risk without a change in UK Government policy.
The warning came as the organisation launched a report showing a record high deployment of onshore wind in the UK last year.
In total 2,611 megawatts (MW) of onshore wind came online in the UK – over 20% of all onshore wind capacity in the UK. The new capacity was overwhelmingly installed outside of England, with 1,67...
Ministers must put measures in place to stimulate investment in energy infrastructure if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal in place, according to a think tank.
The E3G institute said that funding for clean energy had plummeted by 56% between 2016 and 2017 and that Brexit had produced a “decisive chilling effect on investment”.
The loss of EU funding mechanisms – such as the European Investment Bank (EIB) – risks “exacerbating” the investment hiatus, the think tank said in it...