The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

18/09/2017

Author

Dominic Szanto

What trilemma? Offshore auction answers UK energy questions

The UK government has published the results of the second Contracts for Difference auction, for which only offshore wind, dedicated biomass and advanced conversion technologies were eligible to enter, and the results for offshore wind are astonishing, with 3 gigawatts - enough to power over 3million homes - securing contracts.

Two of the winning projects, Hornsea 2 and Moray Firth, will be deli ...

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Posted

15/09/2017

Author

Gordon Edge

UK offshore takes fast train after stunning CfD auction

Monday the 11th of September 2017 is set to go down as one of the key dates in the development of renewables in Great Britain. The results of the auction round announced shortly after 7am led to a collective dropping of jaws onto the floor that could probably be heard in Antarctica.

I can take some pride in the fact that I called the result in terms of all three bidding offshore projects gettin ...

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Posted

26/07/2017

Author

Guest Author

UK Government must wake up to Brexit threat to offshore workforce

Guest post by Rob Grimmond, CEO of Offshore Marine Management



It is vital that the UK Government talks to the industry to get a picture of what is at threat for the renewables industry, especially offshore wind and marine energy, if the movement of people is limited by Brexit. 

Taking a step forward to ensure a realistic future for renewables in the UK and help to secure a flexible workf ...

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Posted

08/06/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Dong Energy launches a new battery system

Much of the talk at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 conference in London this week has been about Danish utility’s Dong Energy ‘zero-subsidy’ offshore projects, and how the market should adapt to those.

But the company also got people talking yesterday as it launched a battery system, which it is set to integrate into its 90MW Burbo Bank project in Liverpool Bay. It presented this at its ‘Offshor ...

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Posted

27/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Offshore wind needs long-term plans in Europe

Last year was a record-breaker in terms of offshore wind investment. This shows that Europe has great potential to remain the global leader in this part of the wind sector.

However, it must deliver on this potential, as there is still uncertainty over volumes and regulation in key European offshore markets after 2020.

These are the headlines from the annual offshore statistics that WindEurop ...

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Posted

16/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

The UK would miss a trick with Ikea



Ikea has pledged to be a net exporter of renewable power by 2020, so there is good reason to feel confident that it is serious about investing in wind energy. 

And that also means we should take it seriously when it says it is not going to invest, as it has this week. Specifically, the Swedish furniture giant has declared that it will not invest in renewables in the UK due to lack of govern ...

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Posted

28/10/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Investor confidence in UK wind slips again



The latest edition of the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, released this week by consultancy Ernst & Young, has buoyed countries across Europe. 

It reported that nations including France, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland, Norway and Finland became more attractive investment prospects for investors in renewables including wind farms in the last six months.

But there is one excep ...

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Posted

21/10/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Take note, UK leaders! 73% of Brits back onshore wind



The British public believes in wind energy even more than previously thought, research published this week has shown.

Climate charity 10:10 commissioned ComRes to carry out the poll to tie in with the launch of its campaign, Blown Away, which aims to demonstrate to the UK Government that British people back wind energy, and secure more high-level support for the sector. ComRes found that 73 ...

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Posted

04/07/2016

Author

William Rees

Nestlé deal the latest move in corporate wind arms race

Nestlé might be best known for Kit Kat, but its commitment to the environment shows no sign of taking a break.

Last week, the confectioner announced that it was partnering with Community Wind Power to build a new wind farm to power its operations. The nine-turbine Sanquhar community wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, set for completion in 2017, is due to produce enough electricity for 50% of N ...

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Posted

29/02/2016

Author

George Beechener

Green business is big business. Let’s not miss out.

At last, some positivity.

That has been in short supply for those working in UK wind, solar and tidal, given the slew of government policies hitting their sectors.

Yet, a largely positive prognosis for UK renewables was given by business leaders, academics and government representatives at an event held by the Westminster Environment, Energy & Transport Forum last month. Why are they so ...

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