Ed Davey on new Govt statistics

“The government’s investment in renewable energy is paying off: renewable electricity has more than doubled in just four years – with around 15 per cent of Britain’s electricity already coming from clean renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro. This massive investment in green energy is accelerating, with 2013 a record year, with almost £8 billion invested across range of renewable technologies. Having a strong UK renewable sector helps to reduce our foreign imports of energy, improving our energy security, as well as helping us tackle climate change and creating new hi-tech green jobs. A green energy future that once seemed impossible for Britain is fast becoming a reality.”

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RUK’s reaction to Govt energy statistics

RenewableUK says Government statistics released today show that onshore and offshore wind energy is playing the central role in the country’s successful transition from fossil fuels to clean renewables. In its annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics, the Department of Energy and Climate Change says electricity generated from renewable sources increased by 30% in 2013 compared to the previous year, and accounted for 14.9% of total UK electricity generation (up from 11.3% in 2012).

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Where to find the Govt statistics

The latest provisional monthly energy statistics produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change were released on 31 July 2014 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. Amongst the facts revealed are: Wind generation by Major Power Producers down 4.4%, with offshore wind down 7.1% and onshore wind down 2.0% due to lower wind speeds, whilst hydro output almost doubled;  and low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers up 4 percentage points to 35.2%.

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Offshore vessel gets cash float

reNews reports that a new offshore wind service vessel designed in West Cumbria is set for sea trials after scooping a £90,000 grant from Britain’s Energy Coast. The cash was awarded to Workington-based companies Coastal Charters and SB Engineering to aid development of their 21st Century Wave Access vessel project. The vessel can transport 12 people plus crew more speedily and with greater fuel efficiency than conventional craft, the duo said.

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SNH publishes visual representation guidance

Scottish Natural heritage has published ‘Visual Representation of Wind Farms, July 2014’, this guidance replaces the previous version (2006). They say that it sets a new standard for wind farm visualisations; and that the new version is prescriptive – applicants must comply with the key requirements set out in Annex B of the guidance.  They say “We’ve significantly improved public accessibility to visualisations and have included two new types of visualisation to achieve this. The first is the viewpoint pack which requires applicants to provide a set of loose leaf images for members of the public and decision makers to use at viewpoints. The second is a digital viewer which makes it much easier to view images online. We’ve made these changes in response to a public consultation exercise held during May – July 2013 and by working with a steering group.

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Intelligent Energy signs Japanese agreement

Intelligent Energy Holdings plc has signed a further two-year, multi-million pound development agreement with a Japanese volume automotive Original Equipment Manufacturer. The contract will contribute to Intelligent Energy’s revenues during financial years 2014 and 2015. The development agreement marks a further step in Intelligent Energy’s progress in the fast-developing Japanese market for fuel cell vehicles and with its relationship with the Japanese mainstream vehicle manufacturer. The agreement will focus on the development of Intelligent Energy’s differentiated fuel cell engine technology towards productionisation in applications that are targeted to include compact cars and two-wheeler vehicles, as well as in range extender units for low-emission light vehicles.

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Osiris settles in Grimsby

Osiris now has the capability to support East coast offshore renewables customers locally through a new shoreside support base in Grimsby, reports offshorewind.biz. The Port of Grimsby East was chosen due to significant investment made in the area in recent years and the growing presence of renewable energy companies as an attractive location to service their wind farms.

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Foundations first at Luchterduinen

reNews reports that Eneco and Mitsubishi are installing the first of 43 innovative foundations at the 129MW Luchterduinen wind farm off the Netherlands. Lead contractor Van Oord is carrying out offshore construction using newbuild vessel Aeolus. Scour protection and other seabed preparation was tackled using vessels HAM 601 and Jan Steen.

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Solar FiT freeze announced

All feed-in tariff levels for solar PV will remain the same from 1 October 2014 to 31 December 2014, reports the Solar Power Portal.  Ofgem confirmed that deployment in all feed-in tariff trigger bands fell short of enacting an automatic degression, meaning that all FiT rates will remain the same until 1 January 2015.

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Go ahead for 10MW Dorset solar park

SolarPowerPortal reports that Low Carbon has announced that it has completed a deal to construct a 10MW solar farm in Dorset. The solar farm is predicted to generate around 9,732MWh a year, negating the emission of around 4,336 tonnes of carbon in the process. The 10.1MW installation will produce enough electricity to power nearly 3,000 homes.

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