Scots Independence is risk for renewables

Scottish independence threatens to discourage renewable-energy investments and delay decisions on projects because of uncertainty over regulation and support from a new administration, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “The No. 1 priority for Europe’s energy sector is to achieve higher levels of market and technical integration, to balance variable renewable energy generation,” Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board for the London-based researcher, said today. “Any change that threatens that, especially if it creates a long period of uncertainty, is a step in the wrong direction.”

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Scotland: Key issues at-a-glance

What powers does the Scottish Parliament currently have and how might they change with independence or further devolution?This page produced by BBC News summarises the implications of the referendum for energy, oil and gas – one of seven different themes explored; and with the chance to diver in deeper by going to

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UK renewables fall to lowest level in 5 years

The UK’s appeal as a destination for renewable energy investment is now at its lowest level for almost five years as a result of a combination of domestic and international factors, according to EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) published today (16 September). The sector is currently weighing the impact of a recent consultation on solar subsidies that will see the UK Government withdraw Renewables Obligation (RO) support for solar projects above 5MW two years earlier than planned. In addition, the Government has already allocated the majority of the funding available to support renewable energy projects through to 2020.

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EY’s Renewable Country Attractiveness Index

Established in 2003, EY’s global quarterly publication ranks 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities, based on a number of macro, energy market and technology-specific indicators.

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Climate change report: overhaul global economy

The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world’s leading economists and political leaders will argue on Tuesday, reports The Guardian. Tackling climate change can be a boon to prosperity, rather than a brake, according to the study involving a roll-call of the globe’s biggest institutions, including the UN, the OECD group of rich countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and co-authored by Lord Stern, one of the world’s most influential voices on climate economics.

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RES takes lead at Moray Offshore

reNews reports that RES Offshore has won a contract to provide specialist engineering and project management services for the first project within the 1.1GW Moray Firth Round 3 zone off the north-east of Scotland. The deal with Moray Offshore Renewables Limited, a joint venture between EDP Renewables (67%) and Repsol (33%), covers ongoing front end engineering design and procurement processes as the around 500MW project moved towards a final investment decision.

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Van Oord swells offshore fleet

Contractor Van Oord has ordered a new rock installation vessel to boost its service offering in sectors including offshore wind, reports reNews. Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group Shanghai will build the ship for the Dutch company at its Ningbo yard in China for delivery in 2016.

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Red card on environment for ‘greenest govt’

The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs has said, reports BBC Online. The Environmental Audit Committee dished out a “red card” on these three concerns after examining efforts made since 2010. The MPs said on a further seven green issues ministers deserved a “yellow card” denoting unsatisfactory progress. The government said it strongly disagreed with the findings.

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German;Humber offshore wind trade mission

Senior figures from the German offshore wind and renewables sector are to visit the Humber this week on a trade mission to foster closer ties between the two countries. Organised by Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA) and supported by the region’s local authorities, the Chamber of Commerce and the Humber LEP, the three-day visit will take in many of the region’s offshore wind and renewables facilities on the north and south bank of the river. Arriving on Wednesday, September 17, 15 delegates from the Wind Energy Agency (WAB), northwest Germany’s wind energy industry network, will tour Green Port Hull, including Siemens’ offshore wind manufacturing sites, Able Marine Energy Park, the CATCH training facility at Stallingborough, Port of Grimsby East, as well as THMA member companies in Grimsby, Hull, Scunthorpe and Immingham.

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Lightsource partners with RSPB

The UK’s largest solar developer, Lightsource Renewable Energy has partnered with the UK’s largest conservation charity, RSPB as part of the charity’s ‘give nature a home’ campaign, reports SolarPowerPortal. A nationwide competition has been launched today to design a new bird or bat box that will be installed on solar farms. Pupils across the UK are being invited to submit designs with the chance to win a free solar array for the winning entrants’ schools.

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