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24 June 2015

RenewableUK has published a new document which makes a case to Government to continue its support for offshore wind, outlining specific actions that Ministers could take to ensure expansion. “Our Offshore Energy Future – Actions for Growth” is launched today at the opening of RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind conference and exhibition at ExCeL in London. […]

30 March 2015 Authorities

Almost four in five Scottish adults (79%) believe the next UK Government should implement policies to continue to develop renewable energy, according to a YouGov poll ahead of the General Election. That’s compared to just 26% who back fracking for shale gas, 45% who support new nuclear power stations and 49% in favour of the […]

25 February 2015

RenewableUK has welcomed the latest announcement by the Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, who gave details of the £14.3 million budget for Wave Energy Scotland, along with its business plan, the first call for funding and its programme of activity. Commenting on Mr Ewing’s announcement, RenewableUK’s Wave & Tidal Development Manager Dee Nunn said: “This is […]

25 February 2015 R&D

RenewableUK is highlighting a new study which calls for a fresh approach by the UK Government and devolved administrations to the way funding is allocated to the wave and tidal energy sector, to ensure the industry realises its enormous potential. The report “Capitalising on Capability” by the Marine Energy Programme Board, which advises the Government […]

17 February 2015 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

UK Government has approved the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A and B wind project, expected to support up to 900 green jobs in Yorkshire and Humberside and millions of pounds worth of investment in the UK’s economy. The project will include up to 400 wind turbines, around 130km off the coast of the East Riding of […]

4 February 2015 Authorities, Business & Finance

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has called on the Scottish Government to help provide clarity over future funding arrangements for the wave energy sector. During General Questions in parliament at the end of January, Mr McArthur asked Finance Secretary John Swinney for an update on progress with establishing the objectives and budget for Wave Energy Scotland. […]

26 January 2015 Business & Finance, R&D

TechNavio, a tech-focused research firm, has published a new report on the Global Offshore Wind Power Market, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.5 percent from 2014-2019. Manufacturers and operators in the market used to find it difficult to finance offshore wind farms, due to the high costs involved. Many projects were […]

19 January 2015 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D

At the third meeting of the Scottish Island Renewables Delivery Forum, the UK and Scottish Governments reaffirmed their continued support and joint endeavour towards delivering the huge renewable energy potential of the Scottish islands. The Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, recognised the importance to developers of government support for renewable energy projects with […]

5 December 2014

A debate titled "Stick or twist? The next government's choices on offshore wind", held on 13 November 2014, explored the trade-offs the UK government will need to make between deployment, policy certainty and cost reduction. Panellists included: Matthew Knight, (Siemens Energy), Ian Temperton (Climate Change Capital), Colin Morgan (DNV-GL Renewables), and Aram Wood (Statkraft). The […]

4 December 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance

Chancellor George Osborne has issued the Autumn Statement which sets out the next stage of the government’s long-term economic plan. According to the document the government is working to bring private capital into the Green Investment Bank through a new fund for private investment in operational offshore wind assets and wider options. The government will […]

27 November 2014 Authorities

Seventeen local energy projects from across Scotland have been awarded more than £380,000 to support the development of green energy schemes, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced yesterday.  More than 100 applications were received from community groups, charities, local authorities, housing associations, universities and businesses through the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) Local Energy Challenge […]

24 November 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance

Scottish Renewables has welcomed the Scottish Government's announcement of the creation of a wave energy technology development body. Lindsay Leask, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "Capturing wave energy is a complex and demanding process, and although the sector is still in its infancy Scotland can rightly be said to hold a world lead […]

23 November 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance, Technology

Scotland is to establish a wave energy technology development body to encourage innovation in the industry, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing has announced. Wave Energy Scotland will bring together the best engineering and academic minds to collaborate in a research and development programme to accelerate wave technology further. Mr Ewing will provide […]

5 November 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance

The French government has approved  General Electric's bid to acquire Alstom power unit for EUR 12.35 billion. Earlier this year, Alstom board unanimously voted for GE's bid rejecting Siemens-Mitsubishi Heavy offer comprising  EUR 8.2 billion cash and an asset swap. After the deal closes, 65,000 Alstom workers out of 96,000 worldwide will be working for […]

4 November 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance

A ‘Green Bond’ which would allow savers to generate returns from the growth of the UK’s renewable energy sector should be launched by the next UK Government, the head of the sector’s trade body in Scotland has said. The plan was outlined today (Tuesday, November 4) at the launch of Scottish Renewables’ blueprint for the […]

1 September 2014 Training & Education

Safety Technology, safety training provider to the Wind Energy sector, is now offering Government funded places on their RenewableUK and Global Wind Organisation (GWO) accredited Work at Height and Rescue safety course to individuals working or living in Wales. Selected earlier this year to deliver the Working at Height in the Energy Sector training for […]

24 July 2014 Authorities

RenewableUK says today’s publication by the Department of Energy and Climate Change of the draft budget for the first allocation round of Contracts for Difference (CfDs) brings a greater level of clarity on the future level of financial support for renewable energy projects. However the trade association, which represents the wind, wave and tidal energy […]

15 July 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D

Scottish Renewables has responded to news that the Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, which aims to cut the cost of offshore wind by at least 10%, has been awarded £2.2 million by the Scottish Government. Lindsay Leask, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "Offshore wind holds huge opportunities for Scotland, and the industry […]

8 July 2014 Business & Finance, R&D

As the UK strives to meet its EU target of 15% renewable energy consumption by 2020, the government has taken several steps to reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 34% and 80% by 2020 and 2050, respectively, compared with 1990 levels, according to a report by research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report […]

30 June 2014 Business & Finance

Wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited was award a new AUD 11m (EUR 7.6m) Australian Federal Government grant to support Carnegie's next wave power project. The AUD 11 million grant will be received from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s Emerging Renewables Program. This is matched by the $20m five-year loan facility from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation […]

26 June 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D

China’s renewable energy capacity increased from 27.8 GW in 2001 to 183 GW in 2013, and alternative sources are expected to account for more than 20% of the country’s total electricity generation by 2020, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that China’s emergence as a major player in the global […]

24 June 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance

Welsh Minister for Natural Resources, Alun Davies met with businesses in London yesterday, discussing the Welsh Government’s focus on green growth makes Wales a unique place to invest and grow new business.  In a new prospectus, the Minister has set out what Wales can offer the business community in terms of green growth. This includes: Wales’ wealth […]

10 June 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance, Grid Connection

More wind farms have been brought in to a competitive system to drive down the costs of offshore wind. The offshore transmission regime means that Ofgem can find the most cost-effective investment in the connecting cables and infrastructure for offshore wind power, saving consumers between £200 and £400 million since 2011, according to estimates by […]

23 May 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance, Ports & Logistics

India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will swear into office on May 26, will push the country toward renewable energy production, especially offshore wind and solar power, according to industry officials.   Modi’s government could set up a policy for offshore wind power separately, thus paving the way for developers to erect first Indian […]

22 May 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance

Importance of the UK’s offshore wind industry was at the heart of a speech delivered by Greg Barker, the UK Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, to the Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets on UK renewables infrastructure investor day.   Mr. Barker stressed that the UK is now the fastest-growing economy in […]

14 May 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance

A 200-strong delegation from EEEGR (the East of England Energy Group) was promised Government support and recognition for the region's energy industry, at a House of Commons reception held yesterday. Business Secretary Vince Cable said there was a determination that a higher portion of the billions of pounds to be invested by international companies in […]