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The UK Secretary of State yesterday (March 25) accepted Rampion offshore wind farm application for examination. On March 1, the application was filed to the Planning Inspectorate by E.ON for a Development Consent Order for the proposed Rampion Offshore Wind project, situated approximately 13km off the coast of Sussex. The Planning Inspectorate will soon publish […]
The Examining Authority has issued its recommendation to the Secretary of State on Able's proposed Marine Energy Park. The Planning Inspectotate's (PINS) recommendation and a final decision on the project, which consists of a quay on the Humber Estuary to support offshore wind farm construction in the North Sea, will be published on or before […]
Secretary of State Edward Davey today announced the membership of the industry-led Offshore Wind Programme Board which is chaired by Adam Bruce, the Global Head of Corporate Affairs at Mainstream Renewable Power. The Offshore Wind Programme Board has been established following the recommendations in the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force report. It brings together […]
RenewableUK, the trade and professional body representing the wind energy industry, has welcomed a strong endorsement of the key role being played by the sector in delivering a secure supply of clean electricity to British households and industry. Edward Davey, the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change was speaking at […]
Eric Pickles, visited Beacon Park, which forms part of the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone, in a meeting hosted by New Anglia LEP and Brandon Lewis, MP. The New Anglia Enterprise Zone is part of the first wave of Local Development Orders (LDOs) which have been approved in EZs across England. 6 out of […]
The UK Secretary of State has accepted for examination Vattenfall’s application for the development consent order (DCO) for the Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind project.
UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, China’s Tus-Wind and TusPark Newcastle have signed a collaboration agreement to work together to advance offshore wind technology co-operation between the two nations.
The UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published an independent review of energy costs, looking into reducing costs in the electricity supply chain.
RenewableUK is calling on the UK government to make wind, wave and tidal energy key parts of its new Industrial Strategy.
The Crown Estate has awarded the legal mandate to advise its Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure businesses to Hogan Lovells International LLP and Bond Dickinson LLP.
Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown, has received assurances from the UK government that the strategic importance of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to Scotland will be fully considered as part of ongoing discussions around its privatisation. “The Green Investment Bank plays a unique strategic role in funding innovative and […]
Following today’s decision by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, to grant consent for the electrical infrastructure for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm, RenewableUK highlighted the potential for job creation throughout the UK. The Triton Knoll offshore wind farm was consented in 2013. This means that the project now has […]
Following UK Government's decision to re-examine EDF's Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, offshore wind has emerged as a potentially better solution for the country than nuclear power. Namely, after the board of EDF approved Hinkley Point C, which would be built together with China General Nuclear (CGN), and was ready to enter into an agreement with […]
The UK's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has expressed its concern over the Secretary of State’s decision to approve DONG Energy's Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm, saying that it ''will lead to the unnecessary death of hundreds of globally important seabirds.'' The charity believes that a growing offshore wind industry is critical if the […]
The offshore wind sector has an enormous potential to accelerate economic growth on the east coast of Britain, according to a strategic review of the UK's east coast port facilities carried out by BVG Associates for the Offshore Wind Industry Council. The report, Strategic review of UK east coast staging and construction facilities, has found that the UK's east […]
The new UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has reshuffled the cabinet and shut down the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), with the issues formerly dealt with by the DECC now being part of a newly set up Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which will be led by Greg Clark. On his appointment as Secretary […]
UKTI is co-ordinating a delegation of major Chinese project developers, turbine manufacturers and design institutes to Global Offshore Wind 2016, on 21 - 22 June in Manchester. "This will be an excellent opportunity to meet leading companies in this exciting market and to start building the relationships that will be vital if you want to […]
Alex Chisholm has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, following the announcement that Stephen Lovegrove, who held the position, has been named Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence. The appointment has been made by the Prime Minister in agreement with the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, […]
Offshore wind costs could fall to a point where it is cost competitive with new build gas plants in the UK provided they face the full cost of their carbon emissions, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said in its 2015 Progress Report to Parliament. Ongoing innovation in offshore wind relies upon a visible future market […]
Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has accused UK Government of failing to meet its objectives and jeopardising energy security. While attending the International Tidal Energy Summit in London, Ewing described UK energy policy as "inconsistent, incoherent and ineffectual". Ewing said: “Last week the UK Government made a ‘dash for gas’ to replace the UK’s ageing nuclear and […]
UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) has committed GBP 2.3 billion to 58 green infrastructure projects with a total value of GBP 10.1 billion in its first three years of existence. Part of the commitments went towards financing of 757 offshore wind turbines in the UK – or 40% of all the turbines currently operating or under construction. The bank's […]
Following the UK Government’s decision to grant consent for Dogger Bank Teesside A & B, Royal HaskoningDHV reported that it has now provided key input to the environmental impact assessment process for over 8GW of successful offshore wind farm applications in the UK. The company has worked on Dogger Bank projects since 2008 and was involved in […]
Navitus Bay has reached an agreement with The Crown Estate to hand back the remaining, unused parts of the original wind farm development zone. This means that the parts of the seabed in the zone that have not been used for the application submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consent will no longer be under […]
The Crown Estate has announced today the first series of agreements reached with offshore wind developers, including EDF Energy Renewables, Eneco Wind UK Limited (Eneco) and Forewind Limited, to replace their previous zone development agreements with project specific agreements. Since the award of zone agreements in 2009, developers have had exclusive rights to areas of UK […]
RenewableUK today highlighted the announcement that the next stage of the giant Dogger Bank offshore wind farm in the North Sea has gained planning consent from the Energy Secretary Amber Rudd. The Teesside project is equal in size to the world’s largest previously consented project, Dogger Bank Creyke Bank (also up to 2.4GW) situated alongside it, […]
Statkraft has welcomed the latest report by BVG Associates, which outlines how advances in technology, the supply chain and policy have combined to put the industry on track to become sustainable without financial support from consumers. BVG's report highlights the costs of offshore wind are starting to fall sharply as a result of the introduction […]