Navitus Bay: fewer but higher turbines

The firm behind a planned wind farm off the south coast of England has decided to use fewer but higher and more powerful turbines for the project, reports BBC News. The £3.5bn Navitus Bay plan A would have 121 8MW turbines at 200m (656ft) high, instead of a maximum of 194 less powerful options. An alternative smaller plan B, which is also being considered by the planning inspector, would have a maximum of 78. Supplier MHI Vestas Offshore Wind would make the 80m-long blades at its factory in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

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Crown Estate publishes Irish Sea data

The Crown Estate has published a vast collection of new offshore data and information on their online Marine Data Exchange (MDE). This data – totalling over 11.5 terabytes (TB) – has been gathered from a wide range of surveys and technical studies from the former Celtic Array offshore wind project off the coast of Anglesey in Wales, and from the First Flight Wind offshore wind project off the coast of County Down, Northern Ireland.

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Solar panels ‘trashing the countryside’

Farming Minister George Eustice used the first proper day of England’s agricultural show season to launch an attack on renewable energy in the countryside, reports the Western Morning News. The Camborne and Redruth MP told a breakfast meeting at the Devon County Show that solar panels were ‘trashing the countryside in Cornwall’ and later hit out at the impact on food production of the huge growth in maize plantings to fuel anaerobic digesters.

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Wind farm subsidies Sturgeon demands veto

Nicola Sturgeon has demanded that David Cameron give her a veto over cutting taxpayer subsidies for wind farms as experts warned MSPs that “over-egging” renewable energy will lead to increased consumer bills and intermittent supply, reports The Telegraph. She said the new UK Government should not change the public funding for onshore wind schemes “without agreement from Scottish ministers” after the Tory election manifesto promised to curb the spread of turbines by stopping any new subsidy.

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National Grid CEO on EU/UK

The UK “cannot afford” lose access to the European energy market as a result of an exit from the European Union, National Grid CEO Steve Holliday has said, reports SolarPowerPortal. Speaking to Reuters, Holliday said that connections with Europe’s wider energy infrastructure and market were vital for the UK and that maintaining that link was “unquestionably essential”.

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Triton grid open for scrutiny

RWE Innogy’s application for the electrical system at its 900MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the east of England has been accepted for examination, reports reNews. The Planning Inspectorate will now invite interested parties to register ahead of formal consideration of the proposal.

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SPT innovation stars at Dudgeon

SPT Offshore has been awarded a design, fabrication and installation contract for a suction pile substation foundation at Statoil’s 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the UK North Sea, reports reNews. The Dutch company will build the innovative four-legged jacket substructure for lead substation contractor Sembmarine SLP, which has already kicked off fabrication of the 1850-tonne topside at Lowestoft.

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£2.6m River Taff hydro scheme work to start

Work on a £2.6m hydro-electric scheme to harness the power of the River Taff in Cardiff and generate renewable energy will start next month, reports BBC News. The Radyr Weir scheme will channel water through two turbines and use it to generate energy that can be fed into the electricity grid.

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Sunamp secures £1.2m investment

Sunamp Ltd, the renewable energy and heat storage business, announced today that it has received over £1.2 million of investment from private equity investors, in a two stage round led by Par Equity and Equity Gap, reports BQLive…… The investment follows recent news that Sunamp has been awarded funding by the Local Energy Challenge Fund as part of a £4 million project to develop innovative local heat storage solutions. The project will help alleviate fuel poverty in the central belt of Scotland and has created a pipeline of business for Sunamp to install over 750 products.

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Dutch offshore wind energy tender 2015

The Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, has sent a letter to the House of Parliament with details about the offshore wind energy tender 2015. Subsidy for two sites in the Borssele zone will be made available with this tender, reports OffshoreWind.biz. In the letter, the Minister has highlighted recent developments about the conditions of the first tender in the Borssele zone in December 2015.

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