August: wind power beats nuclear and coal

RenewableUK says new data shows that August was an exceptional month for wind energy, with new records set and generation levels exceeding both nuclear and coal, according to official National Grid statistics. On five separate occasions, wind overtook coal-fired plants for generation over a single day, the first time this has ever happened. Wind exceeded coal on the 3rd, 9th, 11th, 12th and 17th August. This strong performance continued towards the end of the month when onshore and offshore wind generated more than the nuclear fleet on the 29th August (5,805MW from wind compared to 5,379MW for nuclear).

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Jack-up vessel collaboration

The Crown Estate has published its latest report aimed at improving the performance of the offshore wind sector, focusing on the more effective use of jack-up vessels to help bring down costs in the maintenance of offshore wind turbines. By working with industry to identify common challenges and opportunities, the report draws a number of recommendations to improve repair times, reduce repair cost and address risk. In particular, the report highlights that increased collaboration between wind farm owners around chartering jack-up vessels could help reduce costs. The report goes on to suggest a flexible charter club, where owners pre-plan for vessel sharing without engaging a full-time shared vessel.

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Mainstream’s new business approach

After conducting a strategic review of its business, global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has decided to expand its existing business unit which delivers tailor-made wind and solar projects directly to large end-users. The company’s pre-existing business model has been market-led, building large portfolios of wind and solar projects in selected countries. This strategy has established Mainstream as the world’s leading independent offshore developer and a market leader in South Africa and Chile, where it will continue to build its portfolios. In response to long-term market trends, the company has reassessed that strategy and will now focus on delivering projects around the world for large corporations. It will source, develop, build, operate and maintain and sell the assets for these large end-users.

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EU eastern states in 2030 climate goals

Big emitting industries and poorer eastern member states in the European Union could get tens of billions of euros in additional funds next decade to help them meet the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate goals, a draft EU document showed. According to undated draft conclusions leaked from the European Council and seen, and reported on, by Reuters, EU leaders are examining measures aimed at appeasing reluctant states such as coal-dependent Poland and other poorer eastern European nations.

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Development of a new fuel cell system

IE-CHP, a joint venture from SSE and Intelligent Energy, has plans to change the way domestic energy is produced in Scotland, reports HydrogenFuelNews. The company has received more funding from several investors, including the Scottish Investment Bank, and this funding will be used to develop a prototype energy system that leverages hydrogen fuel cell technology. Fuel cells are becoming quite popular as primary energy systems and they could have a major impact on the way electrical power is produced and consumed in Scotland.

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St Andrews seeks wind partner

reNews reports that the University of St Andrews is going to market for a development partner at its consented 12.3MW Kenly wind farm in the east of Scotland. The institution is seeking third parties that can cover finance, design, construction and operation of the six-turbine wind farm in Fife. St Andrews said in a procurement notice it is “keen to explore market interest to investigate possible options for a viable solution”.

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Fortum acquires a stake in Wello Oy

Fortum has acquired a minority share of 13.6 per cent in the Finnish wave energy developer Wello Oy. The Penguin wave energy converter solution, developed by Wello, is based on a floating vessel that captures the kinetic energy of waves and converts it into electrical power with a generator. The advantage of the floating vessel is reduced need for massive anchoring.

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Milestone for Calder hydro electric scheme

A community hydro electricity project in Lancashire reaches a major milestone today (2 September) with the installation of an archimedes screw, reports ITV. The 13 tonne screw will be turned by the force of the River Calder at Whalley, feeding power into the national grid.

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Harlaw Reservoir hydro to bring power

A reservoir is set to spark a new energy supply after a host of investors rushed to back the scheme, reports Edinburgh News. The £35,000 project to harness the power of the Harlaw Reservoir will be completed by the end of the year, with electricity being produced from the spring. It has been funded by 240 shareholders – 70 per cent of which come from Balerno, Currie and Juniper Green – who are now in line to pocket dividends.

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Electricity demand-side measures

The Energy and Climate Change Committee will take evidence on Electricity demand-side measures on Tuesday 2 September 2014 in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House.  The session will explore a range of issues, including: Issues surrounding National Grid’s Demand Side Balancing Reserve; The treatment of demand-side response in the Capacity Market including in the transitional arrangements; Issues to do with the Government’s Electricity Demand Reduction pilot.

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