DECC delays CfD auction

reNews reports that DECC has postponed the first round of its new low carbon subsidy system by a few days while it finalises crucial budget figures. The first Contracts for Difference allocation round will now open on 16 October, two days later than planned, with the application window to close on 30 October – three days later than originally proposed. The end date of the round was also extended by two weeks to 15 April 2015. This is the maximum possible length to allow for any appeals arising from the allocation process.

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Norvento/VG Energy seven turbine deal

Farming UK reports that UK-based renewable technology specialist, VG Energy (VG) and Spanish medium-scale wind turbine manufacturer Norvento have agreed the sale of seven nED100 100kW turbines for a portfolio of sites under development in Scotland. This sale will provide a strong momentum to VG as it becomes Norvento’s first Scottish nED100 Agent.

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First floating solar farm built in UK

A farm in Berkshire has become the first in the UK to install a floating solar array, with the owners now targeting water utilities and reservoirs for further development, The Guardian reports. Sheeplands Farm near Wargrave switched on the 200kw solar array last month, which is located on a reservoir and is expected to slash the businesses’ carbon emissions and energy bills. The scheme is expected to secure a return on the £250,000 investment within six years.

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Inch Cape Offshore deploys new lidar

Inch Cape Offshore Limited has successfully deployed a ZephIR 300 wind lidar on the historic Bell Rock lighthouse, 17 kilometres off the Angus coast in Scotland, reports Renewable Energy Magazine. The lidar has been mounted on a platform on the north east of the lighthouse using a specially designed support frame. It will measure wind direction and wind velocity thereby augmenting wind measurements from onshore sources and from a dedicated offshore met mast that is expected to be installed in October 2014.

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Burying the good news of the green economy

It is no surprise that politicians bury bad news from time to time. On Thursday evening, while media attention was gripped by parliament’s vote on going back to war in Iraq, the energy department slipped out the news that it was going to scrap people’s right to block fracking under their homes, despite overwhelming opposition, reports The Guardian. You might think that burying good news, on the other hand, was bonkers. Yet that is exactly what the George Osborne has done with the UK’s booming green economy, exemplified once again in his speech to the Conservative Party conference on Monday. But not content with just putting the green economy in the shade, I can reveal that the coalition has even decided to stop collecting its statistics on the fast-growing sector.

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Solar world’s top electricity source by 2050?

Solar energy could be the top source of electricity by 2050, aided by plummeting costs of the equipment to generate it, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the West’s energy watchdog, said on Monday. IEA Reports said solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could generate up to 16% of the world’s electricity by 2050, while solar thermal electricity (STE) – from “concentrating” solar power plants – could provide a further 11%.

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EU, Spain, IDB to help Caribbean develop RE

The Inter America Development Bank (IDB) says it is prepared to work with donor organisations and countries to avoid duplication on projects as the Caribbean seeks to reinforce collaboration in the field of renewable energy, reports the Jamaica Observer. “Our long and close relationship with the Caribbean has allowed us to gain extensive knowledge of the region’s current conditions and future needs and of what it will take to achieve its energy targets,” said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno following the signing of a joint declaration involving the European Union, Spain and the IDB on energy efficiency in the Caribbean.

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Offshore duty for National Grid

Ofgem is proposing to give National Grid a more proactive role in planning the long-term development of offshore grids and to introduce more competitive tendering in managing assets, reports reNews. Draft conclusions of the Integrated Transmission Planning and Regulation (ITPR) project found that because National Grid already has a role as a system operator across the whole of the offshore wind network, it can offer an overaraching view of the system’s needs and promote coordinated development beyond the limited role it has at present.

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RES cuts size of Culachy Estate windfarm

The number of turbines planned for a Highland windfarm has been almost halved after locals objected to the scheme during public consultation, writes The Press & Journal. Renewable energy company RES initially wanted to build 25 of the 443ft machines on Culachy Estate, between Invergarry and Fort Augustus, above the A82 Inverness to Fort William road. It today (29 September) revealed that its latest plans include increasing the height of the remaining turbines, but it has not said by how much.

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Wind and Scottish house prices

The SNP Government have been accused of delaying controversial reports to spare them from embarrassment in the lead up to the referendum, reports the Sunday Post. A raft of publications on heated subjects such as wind farms, illegal drugs, crime levels and cancer survival rates were all temporarily shelved before the historic poll. Now, what’s been labelled a stockpile of “bad news” by opposition politicians is set to be steadily released. At least eight important Government publications have been postponed. Among them is a report into how Scottish house prices are affected by nearby wind farms.

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