Renewables: globally significant power source

Achim Steiner, under-secretary general of the United Nations and executive director of the UN environment programme writes in The Guardian under the headline ‘The world is finally producing renewable energy at an industrial scale’ that Clean energy has spread to every corner of the globe, with more than 100,000 megawatts of capacity installed last year.

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The Guardian view on Britain’s 2015 choice

This is the year of the Paris summit, the moment when the world must make tough decisions in order to start the process of keeping the rise in global temperatures below 2C. That deadline underlines the importance of collective action, and the damage that would be done if the next two years were all about an EU referendum. Britain cannot act effectively alone, but its capacity to influence debate depends on our commitment to taking tough decisions needed to green the economy. The strategic objective of the next British government’s energy policy must be to decarbonise energy production, reduce demand and develop green technology.

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Parties clash over energy policy in TV debate

Representatives of the UK’s five main political parties have clashed over energy policy during today’s (20 April) Daily Politics debate on climate change and the environment, reports SolarPowerPortal. Hosted by the BBC’s Andrew Neil and Roger Harrabin, topics relating to climate change, the UK’s energy mix, renewable subsidies and energy security were debated by the Conservative’s Matthew Hancock, Labour’s Caroline Flint, the Lib Dem’s Ed Davey, the Greens’ Andrew Cooper and UKIP’s Roger Helmer.

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Tories hit back on wind policy

The Conservatives have defended their decision to get rid of subsidies for onshore wind, dismissing energy experts who labelled them as “idiots” as “completely wrong”, reports reNews. MP Matthew Hancock appeared on the Daily Politics show today (20 April) to debate environment, energy and climate change and said onshore wind is not the cheapest renewable option, as many have claimed since the Conservative manifesto was released last week.

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SNP manifesto woos wind sector

The Scottish National Party has promised to boost the offshore and onshore wind sector north of the border in its UK general election manifesto, reports reNews. The party, led by Nicola Sturgeon, said it would be seeking to “amend” the current Contracts for Difference regime “to ensure that support is given to the offshore sector to not only generate renewable energy but also to boost manufacturing opportunities and ensure Scotland sees maximum investment”.

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Labour’s plan for low carbon economy

Writing exclusively for BusinessGreen, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says a Labour government would provide certainty for clean energy investors and commission a review of resource security.

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Majority wants next govt to extend renewables

Almost four in five Scots want the next UK government to continue to implement renewable energy measures such as wind and wave power, according to a new survey, reports STV News. Almost two-thirds also want the next government to continue policies that help cut emissions and tackle climate change. A YouGov poll commissioned by industry body Scottish Renewables questioned 1008 people on February 24 and 25.

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Oz 2050: could source 100% of power from RE

Australia is well placed to reduce emissions at low cost because the costs of carbon-free technologies such as wind and solar have fallen significantly in recent years, reports The Guardian. A WWF report produced in collaboration with the Australian National University argues Australia could source 100% of its power from renewables by 2050 – without incurring massive adjustment costs or depressing economic growth – if there were clear and stable national policy settings to support investment in renewables.

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Fugro floats lidar at Navitus Bay

Fugro is carrying out a 12-month lidar buoy deployment at the site of the up to 970MW Navitus Bay offshore wind project in the UK, reports reNews. Under the contract with Navitus Bay Development Ltd, Fugro is providing “real-time bankable wind profile data” using a Seawatch system. The company added that the lidar buoy “has achieved close to 100% data availability”, despite experiencing several storms since its deployment at the beginning of February.

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GoBe Bags East Anglia ONE contract

Following the recent award of a Contract for Difference (CfD) to the East Anglia ONE project for a capacity of 714MW, GoBe Consultants have been awarded the contract to work with SPRs East Anglia ONE development team to manage the discharge of the DCO consent conditions for all aspects of the project, reports OffshoreWind.biz.

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