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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.Read: Nearly 12% of UK’s Electricity Now Produced by Renewables
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 [...]Read: Greenpeace Uncover Tory Wind Energy Plot
The prime minister has insisted that there is no planned change to UK wind farm policy.
The PM was forced to confirm the Tory position as Labour leader Ed Miliband put David Cameron in the spotlight on the government’s energy policy.
The exchange followed further coalition conflict involving Conservative Minister John Hayes and Lib – Dem Energy Minister Ed Davey. Hayes was reported as saying the UK had ‘enough wind farms’ in the national press over the weekend. He is, according to the press, keen to implement a moratorium on onshore wind energy.Read: PM Says No Change to Wind Farm Policy
A Devon wind energy project has been approved after a 6 year wait in the UK planning system.
The first 9 wind turbine planning application was delivered to North Devon Council offices in 2006 in a unique journey by train. Over 5 years later the Council decided to refuse the proposal despite its own officers recommending the wind farm should go ahead.Read: Devon Wind Farm Approved after 6 Year Wait
Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has demonstrated the coalition’s support for renewable energy in opening the world’s biggest offshore windfarm located near Walney in Cumbria. The site comprises 102 turbines, enough to power 320,000 homes, and sits alongside 60 other turbines generating off the Cumbrian coast, with more planned. Opening the new windfarm, Edward Davey, said: “Britain has a lot to be proud of in our growing offshore wind sector. Our island’s tremendous natural resource, our research base and a proud history of engineering make this the number one destination for investment in offshore wind.”Read: Edward Davey opens world’s biggest offshore windfarm
RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal industry, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s public vote of confidence in wind energy, following the publication of a letter by a group of backbench MPs questioning the value of supporting onshore wind. In response to the letter, a Downing Street spokesman said: “We need a low carbon infrastructure and onshore wind is a cost effective and valuable part of the diverse energy mix”.
Jennifer Webber, RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs said:
“We know there’s a huge amount of public support for wind energy. YouGov conducted a poll in December which showed that 56% of people think we should be expanding wind power in the UK, and 60% believe the Government is right to provide financial support to do so. We’re also glad to see that the wind industry has immediately received strong support from the Government in response to this letter. The Government recognises that, as well as providing a secure source of clean energy, we’re driving our costs down, which will reduce the level of financial support we need in the long term.Read: Wind energy has widespread public support and offers value for money
Trump, whose plans for this windswept, remote part of the Aberdeenshire coast include a high-rise tower and several 4 story units, has long complained that the offshore windfarm will be an eyesore.Read: Trump blames offshore wind farm for shelving of luxury golf resort
The latest Government figures on the amount of electricity generated by wind power have been welcomed by RenewableUK, the country’s largest renewable energy trade association, as proof of the increasingly significant contribution wind energy makes to UK households.
Statistics for the third quarter of 2011, released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, show that renewable sources generated 9 per cent of the UK’s electricity from July to September. That represents an increase of nearly 1 per cent on the same quarter last year.
The UK now has enough installed capacity to supply more than 3,300,000 homes from wind energy.Read: It’s official – wind generates “substantially” more electricity
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?Read: How do I know if a Green Electricity Tariff is Genuine?
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”.Read: Duke of Edinburgh is “seriously misinformed” warns wind energy industry
In last week’s speech to Renewable UK’s annual conference, Chris Huhne praised the renewable energy industry for its ongoing contribution to the British economy. In a response to the naysayers, he addressed the topics of investment, capacity, popularity and job creation.Read: Renewable Energy Technologies will Deliver a 3rd Industrial Revolution
The value of wind power to the North East is set to be more than simply providing electricity. Three active projects on Teeside, Dogger Bank (North Yorkshire) and Hull are all promising ongoing jobs and regeneration in previously hard hit areas.Read: Wind energy set to bring jobs to the North East
Nordex has announced the official launch of its 2.5 MW Gamma Generation wind turbines on the Chinese and Asian market. Nordex say they are responding to the latest market requirements as well as drawing on their 25 years of wind energy experience in their release of the N90/2500kW and N100/2500kW Efficiency Class turbines.Read: Nordex Launch their Latest Wind turbine in the Chinese and Asian Markets
RenewableUK, the UK’s largest renewable energy trade association, has welcomed the Government’s commitment to boost financial support for wave and tidal projects. However, RenewableUK is urging caution over the Government’s plans to downgrade the level of financial support it provides for onshore wind from 2013 onwards, and offshore wind from 2015.
RenewableUK’s key considerations in response to the latest Government plans are:
- RenewableUK welcome the boost in financial support for wave and tidal energy projects
- The Renewables industry is already working with government to ensure cost reductions
- Cuts in support for wind industry will have impact on deployment
Despite their name and mission statement, the Renewable Energy Foundation have once again been active in attempting to discredit the wind energy sector. Their declaration that they promote “sustainable development for the benefit of the public by means of energy conservation and the use of renewable energy” has been called into question, with an Energy and Environmental Management article summarising that “the REF is a front for the interests of biofuels companies, energy-intensive industries and even oil and gas companies”.Read: Who is behind The Renewable Energy Foundation?
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.”Read: UK Renewables Output up by 50% In 2011
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.Read: US Governors ask President to Boost Wind Energy
As of December 31, 2010, Vestas had supplied 1,021 wind turbines to Canada totaling 1,683 megawatts (MW) of installed wind capacity.
The track record continues this month with Vestas receiving a 104 MW order for 58 V90-1.8 MW turbines for a Canadian wind energy project.Read: Canada Favours Vestas Wind Turbines
Oil Dependence is no longer justified, European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) conference delegates were told this week.
Continuing to depend on expensive oil for energy is a losing proposition, Denmark’s Minister for Climate and Energy told people attending the opening session of EWEA2011 conference this week in Brussels.
“Let there be no doubt, the new energy reality is here,” Lykke Friis said. “We simply must end our oil addiction.”
Friis said political leaders must act without delay to capitalise on wind power and other renewables.Read: Oil Dependence is no longer justified
The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has this week predicted that the EU will exceed its target of 20% of energy from renewable energy by 2020.
Justin Wilkes from EWEA said that all 27 National Renewable Energy Action Plans have been submitted to the European Commission and that EWEA has done an analysis of the plans.Read: EU Set to Exceed 2020 Renewable Energy Target