£2m Scottish Government Grant to Carnegie

Wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited has announced the award of a £2m grant from the Scottish Government’s Wave Energy Scotland (WES) for the development of a universal Power Take Off system to convert mechanical energy to electricity. The ‘WavePOD’ project will deliver a fully tested and robust hydraulic Power Take Off (PTO) prototype system together with the design and specification for a full-scale system for subsequent integration into a full scale CETO device. The project will take 18 months to design, deliver and test a 1/10th scale prototype plus the full scale system design and specification and is fully funded by WES. Carnegie’s 100% owned subsidiary, CWE UK, will develop the system along with Scottish wave developer Aquamarine Power and with global drive and control manufacturer Bosch Rexroth.

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Obama to unveil Clean Power Plan

US President Barack Obama is due to unveil what he called “the biggest, most important step we have ever taken” in tackling climate change, reports BBC News. The aim of the revised Clean Power Plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power stations by nearly a third within 15 years. The measures will place significant emphasis on wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources.

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Obama issues climate video ahead of RE plan

Barack Obama has explained the need to reduce America’s CO2 emissions in a video as he prepares to outline his Clean Power Plan, reports BBC News. He is due to announce the restrictions on CO2 from electricity that each individual state will have to implement.

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What changes to expect from Obama’s plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping – and controversial – regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector, reports Reuters. In its initial version, the Clean Power Plan called for cutting the country’s power plant emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, setting different targets for each state. The proposal is the signature piece of President Barack Obama’s climate change policy. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said this week that the final rule will be “stronger in many ways than the proposed rule.”

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Integrated Strategic Energy Technology Plan

The European Commission’s Energy Union strategy, adopted in February 2015, dedicates one of its five dimensions to research, innovation and competitiveness. The integrated SET-Plan will play a central role in a new European energy Research & Innovation (R&I) approach designed to accelerate the energy system transformation. A communication addressing the European energy system transformation and the role of the SET-Plan will be adopted in the beginning of September.

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REA’s CEO writes in BusinessGreen

Under the heading ‘The renewable energy sector must ‘pull together’ not ‘push apart’’, Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association writes: ‘It is not the time for different technologies to shout that their technology is better than others’.

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Climate change: Oz leaders ‘wilfully blind’

Australia’s political leaders are “wilfully blind” to the challenge of climate change, with the country at risk from an “economically reckless” reliance upon fossil fuels, the former head of the National Australia Bank has warned, reports The Guardian. Cameron Clyne, who was chief executive of NAB from 2009 until he stood down last year, said he doesn’t “think any of us have grasped quite how revolutionary” the emergence of renewable energy will be, warning that Australia cannot continue to be wedded to carbon-heavy fuels such as coal.

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Ending fuel-poverty – a mirage

Despite an increase in funding by the Scottish Government for energy efficiency programmes, changes to similar initiatives at a GB level will make it much harder to achieve progress on tackling fuel poverty in Scotland over the next two years, reports Scottish Energy News, under the full headline ‘Goalpost-shifting makes ending fuel-poverty a mirage’. This is one of the key conclusions of a report published today by Prof. David Sigsworth, Chairman of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum.

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Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum report

The report from David Sigsworth, Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum (SFPF) is online.

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JLEN boosts solar portfolio

John Laing Environmental Assets Group (JLEN) has acquired interests in the Monksham Solar and Branden Solar farm projects in deals totalling £20.37m, reports BusinessGreen. The company announced the move late last week, confirming the two solar parks in the southwest of England have a combined generating capacity of 25.4MW, bringing the total renewable energy capacity in its portfolio over the 100MW mark.

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