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Why is the UK government proposing to sell of the Green Investment Bank?

Cornwall to develop UK's first integrated smart energy system

The Smart Cornwall Business Development project has announced the initial results of its initiative to develop the UK’s first fully integrated smart energy system.

UK offshore wind subsidies "can't last forever" says Amber Rudd

UK Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, recently gave a keynote speech to RenewableUK's  Global Offshore Wind 2015 conference. Although she confirmed that the government does intend to support offshore wind, she also said that subsidies "can't last forever".

Ms Rudd described offshore wind as “one of the 21st century’s industrial success stories” but she added that the industry's costs must be “progressively reduced”so that it “becomes more and more competitive, requiring less and less public support so the future is sustainable and subsidy-free”.

Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland’s minister for business, energy and tourism, was heartened by Ms Rudd's support for offshore wind but also noted that “there also needs to be clarity of support beyond 2020”. Others felt that she had failed to offer clear policy signals.

Vanadium flow batteries for energy storage

Vanadium flow batteries promise to be even better than lithium ion for energy storage. They don't wear out, they're cheaper and are ideal for large renewable energy projects like wind and solar farms

Community energy projects and the onshore wind row

Last week, the UK government announced it was to end subsidies for onshore wind farms in the country by closing down the Renewables Obligation (RO) a year early, from 1st April 2016. The decision has generated widespread debate, particularly with regard to its likely effects on the UK renewable energy sector as a whole...

Carnegie Wave Energy establishes a base in Cornwall, UK

The Australian tidal and wave energy company Carnegie Wave Energy has established a base in Cornwall with a berth at Wave Hub.

Exeter company wins DECC grant to stimulate UK renewable heat innovation

A renewable energy company called Zero based in Exeter, UK, is celebrating after receiving a substantial grant from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Vattenfall warns onshore wind farms need subsidies for another year

Magnus Hall, Chief Executive of Vattenfall said "You need time before you produce wind power without subsidies. 

Mr Hall warned that wind farms may have to rely on the taxpayer for another decade. “It’s obvious to me that costs should come down for new investments, because all consumers and governments want cheaper electricity" he said. “We’re committed to doing that, but you also need time before you can produce or invest in wind power totally without subsidies.”

Source: The Scotsman

Why has the UK government chosen to close down subsidies for onshore wind a year early?

Phil Foster of Love Energy Savings explains

The UK government well and truly hit the headlines this month with regard to its decision to close the Renewables Obligation (RO) a year early, announced by the new Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd. The RO is the main subsidy scheme providing funding for renewable energy infrastructure over 5 MW. The previous coalition government had already made provision for its replacement in 2017 by Contracts for Difference (CfD) but now the government has brought the closure forward, amid accusations of influence from senior, climate-sceptic Tories opposed to renewable energy. The closure of the RO in such a manner would hit Scotland particularly, it has been claimed, and there are also widespread accusations that it would damage investor confidence and severely harm the country’s ability to establish a low-carbon economy.

In order to get some clarity on …

RES, GE and Downer to construct Australia's third largest wind farm

Renewable Energy Systems (RES), together with GE and Downer have announced a major contract for the supply of 75 wind turbines to the 240MW Ararat Wind Farm in south-west Victoria.

REC enters African solar markets

REC is entering numerous markets in Africa, beginning with ECOWAS, East and South African regions, with solar power uptake on the African continent predicted to surge over coming years.

DECC releases quarterly and monthly energy statistics

The quarterly and monthly energy statistics just released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals the following:
7 percent of final energy consumption in 2014 came from renewables, up from 5.7 percent in 2013.Renewable electricity grew by 19 percent and renewable heating and transport also rose. Renewables share of electricity generation (wind, solar, hydro and others) increased from 19.6 percent in 2014 Q1 to 22.3 percent in 2015 Q1 with wind generation up by 5.3 percent.Renewable electricity was a record 21.1 TWh in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 15 percent on the same period a year earlier.Electricity from biogeneration increased 45.7 percent to 6.7 TWh in 2015 Q1 largely due to a second converstion to biomass at Drax Power Station in Yorkshire. Electricity generated from onshore wind increased by 4.7 per cent in to 7.0 TWh, and generation from offshore wind increased by 6.3 per cent to 4.7 TWh. Both increases were due to increased capacity; although…

Joint Venture formed to develop renewable energy in India

Telecommunications and internet company Softbank Corp is to form a joint venture with Indian company Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan manufacturing services provider Foxconn to help develop renewable energy in India.

Siemens hands over fourth North Sea grid link to TenneT

Siemens has announced it has handed over the fourth North Sea grid link, HelWin2 to the customer TenneT, marking the start of its commercial operation.

Solar roadways...what works and what might not work

Now this is what I like, if you're going to criticise a new idea for a solar PV scheme, at least suggest an alternative, and that, actually, is exactly what Tavarish on the Jalopnik website has done. You will see on this article various criticisms of the solar cycle path constructed in Amsterdam. The piece includes a picture of what seems to be the glass cover broken up, revealing the panels beneath.

However, rather than using this as an excuse to bash PV in general, Tavarish has pointed out a solar roadway scheme that DOES work, that is to say the bike path stretching along the Daejeon to Sejong motorway in South Korea.

The video is featured above. See what you think.

Vanadium Flow Batteries For Energy Storage: An interview with Tim Hennessy of Imergy Power Systems

You know all those concerns about renewable energy systems being intermittent? Well, with vanadium flow batteries, those concerns are history.....

Scottish Energy Minister warns renewable energy investors could abandon UK for other countries

The decision by the UK government to end subsidies for onshore wind a year early is “wrong, ill-advised and irrational” said Fergus Ewing, MSP, warning that investors could leave the UK for other countries.

Bombora Wave Power to supply wave power collectors to Indonesia

Bombora Wave Power has signed a Technology Evaluation Agreement with Indonesian company Anoa Power in advance of a manufacturing and distribution arrangement for the supply of its Wave Energy Collector (WEC).

Singapore plant to generate energy from water sludge and food waste

The Singapore national water agency PUB and Anaergia have announced the commencement of Singapore’s first project to produce biogas for electricity generation from used water sludge and food waste.

ISM Group and Hanwha Q Cells celebrate completion of major German solar farm

Hanwha Q Cells and the ISM Group have completed the construction of one of the largest solar power plants in the Bitterfeld region of Germany.

Azura wave energy device deployed at US Navy test site in Hawaii

Northwest Energy Innovations (NWEI) has successfully deployed its Azura wave energy device at the US Navy Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) near Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawai.

Infinis achieves financial close on Scottish wind farm

Infinis Energy has announced it has signed a seven year, £83 million project financing facility for the construction of the 66 MW Galawhistle Wind Farm in Scotland

Elsewedy Electric begins development of Egyptian solar farm

Integrated energy company Elsewedy Electric has signed the first agreement related to the development of a 50 MWp solar PV plant in Egypt.

Good Energy becomes world's first energy company to join a local currency

British renewable energy company Good Energy has become the first energy company in the world to join a local currency, allowing customers to pay their energy bills with ‘Bristol Pounds’.

NREL announce partnerships to help modernise the US national grid for renewable energy

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has announced five new partnerships that will award up to $6.5 million for modernisation of the US national grid for increasing amounts of renewable energy.

Seacat Services showcases first 24-seater offshore energy vessel

Offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator, Seacat Services, has unveiled its first vessel capable of carrying up to 24 industrial personnel.

Orenda Energy signs major trade agreement with Chinese investment advisory firm

Wind turbine manufacturer Orenda Energy Solutions has signed a major trade agreement with China ZhuangHe Investment (CZH) involving the supply of Orenda’s 51 kW medium wind turbine.

HRH Duke of Gloucester opens new UK waste to energy plant

Recycling and renewable energy company Viridor has welcomed HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO, and distinguished guests to the opening of its new Ardley Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Oxfordshire.

Veolia awarded contract to operate Ireland's largest biomass plant

Veolia Energy Services, the Irish subsidiary of Veolia, has been awarded a contract worth 450 million euros to operate the largest biomass plant in Ireland, at Killala, Co. Mayo.

REG signs £48 million turbine deal for UK onshore wind farms

Renewable Energy Generation Limited has announced an agreement with turbine manufacturer Gamesa to supply 19 wind turbines for five of REG’s consented UK onshore wind farm sites

American Capital Energy to help fund Senegalese wind farm

American Capital Energy & Infrastructure (ACEI) has announced its commitment to invest in Senegal's first industrial-scale wind power project and the largest wind farm planned in West Africa.

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon given planning permission by DECC

European Commission needs new controls to ensure EU meets 27 percent target by 2030.

The European Commission needs new powers to ensure that Member States meet the EU's 27 percent renewable energy pledge by 2030, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Siemens wins major order to connect British and Belgian national grids

Siemens has been awarded an order for a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system to connect the British and Belgian national grids via subsea cable.

Gamesa to supply 239 MW to ScottishPower Renewables

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has entered into an agreement with ScottishPower Renewables for the supply of 239 MW at the Kilgallioch wind farm in southern Scotland.

Major global renewable energy programme to combat climate change endorsed by Sir David Attenborough

The Global Apollo Programme is aiming to make carbon-free electricity less costly than electricity from coal, and to achieve this in ten years or less.

New water rules for California cities

New urban water restrictions went into effect for cities across California on Monday, but the state will have to do more to prepare for a possible "new normal" of increased demand and dry periods that are longer, more frequent and more intense, a group of scientists said.

California's approach to water management is severely outdated and ill-suited to the state's mostly dry climate, according to Monday comments from members of the Union of Concerned Scientists. The state has to overhaul its water rights system, give its water managers the authority to supervise water use and restrict it when necessary. 

Source: CNBC

FloWave and Rockland Scientific join forces on tidal turbulence study

Two leading organisations in ocean energy research have pledged to work together to measure and understand the impact of turbulence on wave and tidal energy devices.

Thailand aiming to be a production hub for electric vehicles

By Danny Tan

Thailand, already known as the Detroit of the East, is now aiming to be a global production hub of electric vehicles (EVs), Bangkok Post reports.Demand for EVs has risen rapidly over the past five years and is expected to keep growing, and being an EV hub would help Thailand capitalise on strong demand for EV parts and batteries, said Thailand’s Science and Technology Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj.

“EVs are expected to be the new industry trend, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and saving limited oil resources,” Pichet pointed out at the opening ceremony of the Auto Parts Tech Day held at the Thailand Science Park in Pathum Thani province.“The global automobile industry is focusing on EVs and biofuel vehicles, while Thailand is a hub for one-tonne pick-ups and eco-car production. It’s a natural fit for the country to prepare for EV output,” he added.

According to the minister, his ministry plans to train staff and prepare facilities for EVs and offer investme…

Energy Costs Rising as National Debts Grow

Although gas prices are temporarily low at the pump, long-term energy costs are on the rise. According to State of the World 2015 contributing author Nathan John Hagens, a former hedge fund manager who teaches human macro-ecology at the University of Minnesota, nations are papering over those costs with debt. Higher energy costs are leading to continued recessions, excess claims on future natural resources, and more-severe social inequality and poverty (

The relatively low cost of energy extraction has been perhaps the most important factor in the industrialized world's economic success. Historically, large quantities of inexpensive fuels were available even after accounting for the energy lost to extract and process them. But, as remaining fuels become less accessible, higher energy costs will have ripple effects through economies built around continued large energy-input requirements. Rising costs will endanger highly energy---   intensive industri…

EDF Energy contributes £1 million to Manchester biomass heating project

EDF Energy has contributed £1 million to fund an energy efficient heating system in three tower blocks in Manchester, UK

US Department of Energy selects Native Alaskan villages for next round of START project

US Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall has announced the selection of five Alaskan Native villages to receive technical assistance in support of clean energy development.

Pavegen's energy-generating tiles selected for Canary Wharf installation

Flooring technology company Pavegen have been selected to install their unique renewable energy generating tiles in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf district.