Renewable Energy News

This category contains the latest renewable energy news across the sector. From Obama’s latest announcement of a renewable energy budget to increase green collar jobs to wind turbines being damaged by UFO’s – it is all here.

Pickles Set to be Reshuffled away from Onshore Wind

June 2, 2014

onshore wind farm

Eric Pickles is to be given the new Party Chairman role in an attempt to woo UKIP voters, according to the Sunday People yesterday. David Cameron is minded to appoint Pickles as Conservative Party Chairman in a reshuffle aimed at maximising their chances of an election victory next year. Employment Minister Esther McVey is rumoured to […]

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Tally of ‘Pickled’ Wind Farms Rises

May 12, 2014

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Communities & Local Government Secretary of State Eric Pickles has rejected 7 commercial scale wind farm proposals since he started ‘calling in’ planning appeals last June.  In that time he has approved just one wind farm of over 5 megawatts (MW) -in Essex. It appears Pickles dislikes wind farms almost as much as gypsy sites […]

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Auction gloom for the UK Renewable Energy Industry

February 19, 2014

A dark cloud is gathering over the UK’s renewable energy future following the announcement of an auction process for renewable energy subsidy to be introduced from 2017.   The change mooted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change towards the end of last year leaves renewable energy investors with no idea of the price they […]

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UK Government Sets Renewable Energy Strike Prices

January 9, 2014

Further to public consultation in the summer of 2013 the UK’s Electricity Market Reform delivery plan was formally published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in December 2013.  The plan sets out the Contracts for Difference (CfD) ‘strike prices’ for renewable energy technologies.  Strike prices are the amount the government guarantees to pay […]

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Tories Trying to Cull Wind Turbines According to Davey

September 16, 2013

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has hit out at Tories opposing wind farms, describing them as irresponsible due to their attempts to cull wind turbines. The Lib Dem Energy Secretary is ‘at war’ with Tory minister Owen Paterson who took it upon himself to commission a report on the impact of wind farms on the countryside […]

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Nearly 12% of UK’s Electricity Now Produced by Renewables

January 8, 2013

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New figures published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show renewable energy is now providing almost 12% of the UK’s electricity.

The amount of electricity generated from renewable sources increased to 11.7% in the third quarter of 2012, up from 9.1% in the same period in 2011. New renewable energy generating plant is responsible for the increase. Wind energy made the biggest contribution of all the renewable technologies, generating 45% of renewable electricity.

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Greenpeace Uncover Tory Wind Energy Plot

November 15, 2012

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Greenpeace has released under-cover videos of Tory politicians revealing their plot to prevent further wind energy in England. The series of vidoes showing a Greenpeace activist posing as an anti-wind campaigner talking with MP Chris Heaton Harris, Lord Howell and former Tory minister Peter Lilley reveal a plan to try and de-rail climate change commitments […]

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Support for UK Onshore Wind to be reduced by 10%

July 26, 2012

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Financial support for onshore wind farms in the UK is to be reduced by 10% from 2013 it was announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) yesterday.

The change to the value of the renewable obligation certificate (ROC) will mean every megawatt hour of electricity generated by onshore wind farms will attract 0.9 ROCS rather than 1.

DECC say that this reduction in support will reduce the contribution of large-scale onshore wind energy towards the 2020 target by 0.6-0.8%. DECC say the reason for the drop is evidence showing predicted falling costs by 3.6% in the period to 2016.

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Scottish Wind Farm attracts 250,000 Visitors

July 10, 2012

Whitelee Wind Farm

Whitelee Wind Farm near Glasgow in Scotland has attracted nearly 250,000 visitors according to the operators of its visitor centre. The visitor centre is run by wind farm owner Scottish Power Renewables and Glasgow Science Centre. As a result of the huge number of people wanting to see the wind farm since it opened in […]

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Osborne Supports Death Nail for Onshore Wind Energy in England

June 6, 2012

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George Osborne is pushing for onshore wind energy payment rate cuts despite renewable industry pleas.

Wind farm companies say it does not make sense to kill the deployment of the cheapest renewable energy technology if politicians are genuinely are worried about the cost of green energy.

Onshore wind energy is currently the cheapest and most effective form of renewable energy in the UK but new wind farms are unlikely to be brought on stream in England if prices are slashed by 25%.

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Brighton Launches Solar Power Co-operative Despite slashed FITs

May 21, 2012

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Brighton Energy Co-operative has launched a pioneering project to generate community renewable energy in Brighton & Hove.

Seventy people met last Wednesday to hear about the £200,000 share offer and by the end of the evening, the co-operative had raised £27,000 towards their target. The same day the co-op was also offered a £50,000 loan facility from a community investment fund – all contributing towards their solar panel project at Shoreham Port.

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Two UK Energy Giants Drop Nuclear Plans

March 29, 2012

UK nuclear power

German energy giants EON and RWE have pulled out plans to build new nuclear power statons in the UK.

The move risks undermining the Government’s energy policy and puts into doubt thousands of jobs in Wales and Gloucestershire. The decision comes after Germany’s rejection of existing and new nuclear plant in the wake of Fukushima.

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How do I know if a Green Electricity Tariff is Genuine?

December 22, 2011

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With all of the big 6 energy companies and a number of smaller independent companies now selling green electricity how are we supposed to know which tariffs are genuinely encouraging new renewable energy generation in the UK and which are begrudgingly doing the bare minimum?

All electricity retailers in the UK are required to supply a proportion of their electricity from renewable sources (currently 11%). If they don’t they have to pay a ‘buyout’ fee – a bit like a fine. So how do you find out whether your chosen green electricity supplier is being forced into supplying your electricity from renewable sources as part of its legal obligation or whether it is going the extra mile in encouraging new renewable energy because you are paying a green electricity rate?

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Duke of Edinburgh is “seriously misinformed” warns wind energy industry

November 27, 2011

Wind Farm

RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal industry, has responded to remarks made by the Duke of Edinburgh about wind energy.

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery MBE, said: “Contrary to the Duke’s comments, the irrefutable facts are that wind energy is providing a clean, secure supply of electricity to more than three million homes in the UK, displacing six and a half million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year”.

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UK Renewables Output up by 50% In 2011

October 5, 2011

Wind Farm

The recently released renewables ouput figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change have shown a significant increase in output from the sector throughout the UK. Commenting on these figures, Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:

“The figures show that even in an exceptionally dry and calm year, renewables still met over 30 per cent of the annual demand for electricity from every home and business in Scotland. This reinforces that the sector is now a major part of our energy mix, and a significant part of our economy.”

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Discounted Barns in Exchange for Solar Energy

September 25, 2011

Solar Panels

A UK based company has come up with a novel way to encourage farmers and businesses to install solar panels on barns and car ports. Lumicity are offering to build new barns and car ports up to the value of £40,000 in return for reaping the rewards from the solar panels that they will install and connect to the national grid.

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Anti Wind Turbine Campaigners Fail to Pay Council Tax

September 15, 2011

Jane Davis

UK anti wind turbine campaigners Jane and Julian Davies are being taken to court for unpaid council tax it has emerged this week.

The Spalding Guardian reported today that South Holland District Council has won liability orders to recover £110,000 outstanding in unpaid business rates and council tax.

Jane and Julian Davis travel the UK and abroad to speak out against wind farms and advise people who want to object to local wind farm proposals.

The Davis’s reportedly owe over £1000 to their local council

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German Company Renerco Buys UK Wind Farms

September 9, 2011

Earls Hall Wind Farm

Munich based renewable energy company Renerco has just completed the purchase of its second UK wind farm.

The purchase of Kildrummy wind farm in Scotland was completed under a framework agreement with German utility giant RWE. The 8 wind turbine, c. 18 Megawatt wind farm is located 50km west of Aberdeen and construction is due to start in early 2012. The wind farm construction contract negotiation is currently underway.

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US Governors ask President to Boost Wind Energy

August 30, 2011

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A coalition of 24 US governors from the major parties and each region of the country has asked the administration to take steps to provide a more favourable business climate for the expansion of wind energy according to the American Wind Energy Association.

Demands are being made for a seven-year extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to provide consistent, low tax rates for wind energy.

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British Firm Wins Australian Solar Thermal Bid

June 24, 2011

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British company Wind Prospect has won a bid to develop the largest solar powered energy plant in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Australian arm of the renewable energy company made the bid as part of the ‘Solar Dawn Consortium‘ alongside Areva and CS Energy.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement following an 18-month competitive process which started in late 2009.

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