UK calls for tougher ETS reforms

The UK government is urging stronger reforms to make the EU Emissions Trading System work more efficiently and stimulate investment in low-carbon technologies, reports reNews. DECC has called for the Market Stability Reserve to be brought forward to 2017 and backloaded allowances to be kept out of the market, either through cancelling them or placing them directly into the reserve. The department said an “insufficiently ambitious cap, combined with the economic recession and other factors”, has resulted in a surplus in the ETS of around 2 billion allowances, undermining the market’s functioning.

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Nuclear/gas go offline: wind power steps up

Strong wind speeds over the weekend (18/19 October) contributed significantly to the UK’s electricity supply as nuclear reactors remained offline and a large gas plant was suddenly hit by a fire. Wind power set a new record on Sunday by providing 24% of the UK’s electricity supply for the entire day. The previous record stood at 22% of total generation in August this year. Wind’s consistently strong performance saw it outperform nuclear power from Friday evening throughout the whole weekend and into Monday morning. This also led to a number of coal plants being taken offline as they were surplus to requirements.

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STA plans approach to Minister Liz Truss

The British Solar Trade Association (STA) will be writing to UK Environment Secretary Liz Truss on October 20th, 2014 following her announcement that farmland should be used for ‘food and crops’ and not solar farms, reports Solar Server.  The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that farmers will no longer be allowed to claim agricultural subsidies for land dedicated to solar photovoltaics (PV), but has failed to consider how solar and farming can actually go hand in hand. The Solar Trade Association will offer to take the Environment Secretary on a visit to one of the country’s many solar farms that also have sheep grazing on the land in between the solar arrays.

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Industry reaction to solar farm CAP scrap

The department for environment, food and rural affairs’ (Defra) shock announcement that payments under the CAP for land underneath solar farms will cease in the New Year has sent shock waves through the solar industry and agricultural stakeholders alike. SolarPowerPortal has published a roundup of the most prominent reactions to the news.

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African solar energy for UK homes in 2018?

Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa, reports BBC News. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018. The company involved says they have already spent 10 million euros developing the site. A number of overseas energy producers are competing to bring green energy to the UK from 2017.

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Stewartry wind farm rejection: appeal to govt

A renewable energy firm has lodged an appeal with the Scottish government after plans for a wind farm near Kirkcudbright were rejected, reports BBC News. The proposals for the five-turbine development at Barcloy Hill had generated almost 800 letters from opponents and supporters. Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected it in July. Renewable Energy Systems has appealed the decision, saying the visual impact of the scheme had been “over-stated”.

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ABB backs Vestas hybrids drive

Switzerland-based ABB has signed a partnership agreement with Vestas as part of the Danish company’s Wind for Prosperity initiative, reports reNews. Under the tie-up, factory-refurbished Vestas turbines will be combined with ABB microgrid power stabilisation solutions to create hybrid generation systems for deployment at remote locations with limited infrastructure in developing markets. “We are proud to partner in the Wind for Prosperity development program,” said Claudio Facchin, head of ABB’s power systems division.

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Introduction to MERIKA Initiative- video

MERIKA (Marine Energy Research Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator) is an initiative by UHI (University of the Highlands and the Islands), located in Scotland and the UK’s outermost region, reports OffshoreWind.biz. Funded by the European Union FP7 (REGPOT) programme, the project seeks to establish a marine energy research and innovation hub in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, close to the actual resource.

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Raggnar aims to put the wind up rivals

The boss of an Aberdeenshire renewables company is raising money to build a wind turbine factory in Scotland, using a “game changing” secret design which he believes can revolutionise the industry.Nigel Perkins set up Raggnar Power two years ago to exploit a growing niche for the installation and servicing of biomass energy systems for businesses.

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AD to turn London food waste into energy

In the UK, Willen Biogas is developing a 27,000 tonne per year biogas plant at Cattlegate Farm in Enfield, London. Willen Biogas is owned by the investment funds Foresight Environmental Fund (FEF) and UK Waste Resources and Energy Investments fund (UKWREI), with both funds managed by Foresight Group, and by Adrian Williams, Howard Williams, Brian Williams and Mark Lennon. ‘This is the second project where both the FEF and UKWREI have invested alongside each other to provide the majority of the equity and the first where they have provided the full project capital needed,’ says Nigel Aitchison, partner at Foresight.

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