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Construction of 92 MW solar power plant announced as Japan rejects nuclear

Kyocera, Gaia Power, Kyudenko and Century Tokyo Leasing have announced a joint investment in Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC for the construction of a 92 MW solar power plant in Japan.

Acciona opens wind turbine plant in Brazil

ACCIONA Windpower, a subsidiary of Acciona specialising in the design, manufacture and sale of wind turbines has opened a turbine assembly plant at Simões Filho in Brazil.

Energy efficiency omission criticised by UK Green Building Council

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the Queen’s Speech by commenting that the “energy efficiency remains on the Government’s blind side.”

Laing O'Rourke awarded £200 million Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon contract

British construction company Laing O’Rourke has been named preferred bidder for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon turbine house and sluice structure block.

Thames Water agrees 100 percent renewable energy deal with Haven Power

Thames Water has made a commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy in its operations to provide water and wastewater services to its 15 million customers after signing a long-term deal with Haven Power.

UK council to help deliver urban community renewable energy project

Edinburgh Council has announced it is to work in partnership with Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative (ECSC) to install solar panels on council-owned buildings in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland

Solar power reaches parity with fossil fuels in UAE

Prices for solar energy in The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have achieved parity with fossil fuels for the first time in the nation’s history according to a new IRENA report.

UK Energy News May 2015

According to Friends of the Earth, reported by Business Green, the government's plans for shale gas extraction in the UK would only secure a fraction of the country's energy requirements.

Of course its no surprise that Friends of the Earth, an environmental NGO, should say this, but others have said it previously. Moreover, the US shale gas industry is already declining, just a few years after it supposedly started to take off. We certainly can't compare the potential of shale gas in the UK with America's experience, given that the US is a much larger country, but it says something when their much larger shale resources are already on the wane. It doesn't hold out much hope for the fracking industry in a much smaller country like ours.

SNP Leader demands veto over UK energy decisions

Nicola Sturgeon has set out a list of specific demands on energy from Westminster, following a meeting with the Scottish Energy Advisory Board. These include an assurance that subsidie…

GE launches waste-to-energy project with Aseagas in The Philippines

Aboitiz Power subsidiary Aseagas Corporation is to collaborate with GE’s Distributed Power business to power its first waste-to-electricity project in Lian in the Province of Batangas, Philippines.

Electricity-generating solar windows become easier to install

SolarWindow Technologies today announced plans to replace traditional electrical wiring connections with a simplified next-generation system for collecting the power produced by its see-through electricity-generating windows.

Oil spill pariah criticised for saying solar can't hack industrialisation

A conference on climate change and business has been punctuated by a sharp exchange of views between Tony Hayward, non-executive chairman of mining giant Glencore Xstrata, and solar industry executives, according to reports.

UK Energy Performance Certification to become much more stringent

The rules regarding Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are to become much more stringent.

At present, anyone letting residential property requires an EPC, which highlights the financial savings to be gained in improving the energy performance of the property as well as informing the tenant, with particular relevance to new tenants, an idea of the expense involved in heating the building. This has meant rent reductions in some cases where properties have been performing badly with others prevented from being let at all.

Another requirement is that an EPC valid for 10 years should be displayed prominently.

From 2016, a tenant will be able to demand the landlord carries out work on recommendations set by the EPC and it will be a legal requirement for the landlord to do so. From 2018, it will be illegal to let a property with an EPC rating below Band E.

"Time is running out for landlords to carry out the measures recommended in the EPCs for their rental properties" said Shi…

Global renewable energy employment increases by more than a million jobs

A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has revealed that more 7.7 million people worldwide are employed in the global renewable energy industry.

Time for Presidential candidates to back American wind power says new Chair of AWEA Board

The new Chair of the Board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Mike Garland, has declared it’s time for the US wind power industry to start flexing its muscles.

Low carbon business breakfast focuses on community energy

An event in Bath, UK, held by Low Carbon South West highlighted the various ways in which community energy schemes can help mold the future for distributed power generation.

Minesto awarded funding for marine energy roll-out

Marine energy company Minesto has been awarded a 13 million euros investment from the European Regional Development Fund for the commissioning of the first commercial Deep Green power plant.

Rampion offshore wind farm announcement welcomed by Crown Estate

The announcement by E.ON and the Green Investment Bank that they will invest in the £1.3 billion Rampion Offshore Wind Farm has been officially welcomed by The Crown Estate, the organisation that manages the UK seabed for the Crown.

Rhode Island Fast Ferry commissions first US-built crew transfer vessel for offshore wind

High speed catamaran ferry company Rhode Island Fast Ferry has commissioned the first US-built crew transfer vessel for the new American offshore wind farms.

Invenergy storage project begins commercial operations

Clean energy company Invenergy LLC has announced the start of commercial operations of its 31.5 MW Grand Ridge Energy Storage project in La Salle County, Illinois.

Envision Solar completes further deliveries of transportable EV charging stations to Silicon Valley

If this innovation could be brought to the UK it would dispel much of the range concern currently being felt with regard to electric vehicles in the country. Easy peasy, all you do is wheel the thing into a parking space, it generates electricity for charging EVs, or topping up, it can store electricity too so can charge at any time of day or night. It can be set up in minutes and just as quickly be on its way to a new location if needs be.

REC launches industry-leading certification scheme in The Philippines

Solar power company REC is rolling out its successful Solar Professional Programme to support local solar installers in the Philippines.

US Senator introduces bill to boost biomass

Senator Ron Wyden, representing the State of Oregon, has introduced a bill that would encourage the use of low-carbon biomass energy to heat and power homes and businesses while also creating jobs in rural areas.

Germany to lead offshore wind installations in 2015 says GlobalData

Germany will become the world’s leading market for annual offshore wind turbine installations in 2015, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.