National Grid: Denmark electricity cable plan

National Grid is working on a project to import electricity from Denmark to the UK via an undersea power cable, it has emerged, reports BBC News. The proposed landing point for the subsea cables is near Bicker Fen, Lincolnshire, where electricity would be fed into the network. Experts say it would help meet demand and lower prices for consumers. But opponents have said they are concerned the area is becoming too industrialised

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Portugal could block EU climate deal

Portugal warned on Wednesday (22 October) it could block an EU plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions if other states at a summit this week reject a binding target for building cross-border power cables and pipelines. “We will not support a deal that does not include a binding target because we need to create a stable, predictable regulatory framework in order to attract private investment,” Bruno Macaes, Portugal’s secretary of state for Europe, told Reuters.

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EU targets could add £150 to energy bills

David Cameron was urged to ditch EU green energy targets last night, amid warnings they will add £150 to the average family’s bills over the next five years, reports the Daily Mail.  The Prime Minister will travel to Brussels this afternoon (23 October) to debate stretching new targets that will require Britain to slash carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. But a new report from the respected think tank Open Europe warns that existing targets are already putting Britain’s economy and living standards at risk, and calls for them to be ditched.

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Weak EU 2030 climate deal risks jobs

Leader of European Trade Union Confederation joins major brands, including Philips and Shell, calling for ambitious climate and energy package to create jobs and support businesses, reports The Guardian.

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EU leaders seek climate deal: divided on costs

European leaders aim to agree a new decade of energy policy to cut climate-warming gas emissions out to 2030 at an EU summit on Thursday (23 October), though sharp differences over sharing the cost means a deal could elude them, reports Reuters. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. That pact would aim to improve on two decades of stuttering cooperation and rein in emissions of carbon dioxide blamed for a disruptive rise in temperatures. 

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Davey attacks Tories on wind subsidy pledge

Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, has accused his coalition government partners of “reckless” behaviour for their manifesto commitment to end subsidies for onshore wind, reports The Guardian. The Lib Dem MP said Britain needed as many renewable energy technologies as possible but his attack was immediately dismissed as “his view” by one of his own ministers, the Tory MP Amber Rudd.

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Able: green light for huge Humber energy park

ABLE’s plans for an offshore wind facility on the Humber took a major step forward tonight (22 October) after Associated British Ports’ petitions were thrown out by a parliamentary committee, reports the Hull Daily Mail. The two companies had been locked in a dispute over proposals to build Able’s Marine Energy Park (AMEP) on a contested stretch of quay in North Killingholme on the south side of the Humber.

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Wind farms outstrip nuclear power – again

The UK’s wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday (21 October), the National Grid says, reports BBC News. The energy network operator said it was caused by a combination of high winds and faults in nuclear plants. Wind farms are causing controversy in rural areas and the government is choking off planning permission for new sites. But for a 24-hour period yesterday, spinning blades produced more energy than splitting atoms. Wind made up 14.2% of all generation and nuclear offered 13.2%.

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Dudgeon substation for Sembmarine SLP

A major offshore windfarm contract has secured nearly two years’ employment for up to 300 staff at Lowestoft-based Sembmarine SLP, reports EADT24.  Work will begin in February at the firm’s Hamilton Road yard on a 21- month project to construct an offshore substation platform for the Dudgeon wind farm, to be built off the north Norfolk coast. The new contract has been granted by Siemens, which was awarded the main contract for the electrical system infrastructure by wind farm developer Dudgeon Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Norwegian firms Statoil and Statkraft and Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar.

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Wind: up to 30% of global electricity supply

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Greenpeace International have released the 2014 edition of the Global Wind Energy Outlook in Beijing, reports OffshoreWind.biz. The report shows that wind power could reach 2,000 GW by 2030, and supply up to 17-19% of global electricity, creating over 2 million new jobs and reducing CO2 emissions by more than 3 billion tonnes per year. By 2050, wind power could provide 25-30% of global electricity supply.

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