The UK’s offshore wind energy capacity could increase by a further 3.4GW after The Crown Estate announced that eight projects have satisfied its application criteria.
Proposals to extend the 317MW Sheringham Shoal, 402MW Dudgeon, 573MW Race Bank, 504MW Greater Gabbard, 353MW Galloper and 300MW
Thanet wind farms off the east coast of England were approved.
The 576MW Gwynt y Mor wind farm off the west coast and the 400MW Rampion off the south coast also received backing.
All eight proposed extensi...
Solar PV generation produced a record amount of electricity in Great Britain during the second quarter of the year, helping the broader renewables sector to hit a new high.
A total of 4.6TWh was generated by solar between April and June, up 0.9% year-on-year.
The boost meant renewable energy’s share of the energy mix rose to a record 31.7%. Gas accounted for 42%, nuclear for 21.7% and coal for a fresh low of 1.6%.
Renewable energy capacity rose by 3.9GW year-on-year to 42.2GW, with ...
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 Director E...
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 Minist...
The carbon intensity of the UK’s power grid has risen by 8% over the past three months due to high pressure dampening wind speeds over the summer.
Solar panels helped to make up for some of the shortfall from wind turbines, but gas-fired power stations were still used to meet demand.
Duncan Burt, Director of Operations at National Grid, said: “We have seen a slight decrease in wind over the summer linked to the unusually warm weather, which demonstrates why it is important for us to have a diver...