Renewables/Energy Transition

Renewables/Energy Transition

Government curbs on renewables subsidies branded ‘irrational’

05/01/2016

The Government has been accused of “irrational” curbs to renewables subsidies after official projections revealed lower than expected energy bills by 2020. Ministers have said cuts to support for technology such as onshore wind and solar are necessary to prevent rising costs to consumers and to curb the projected overspend on the £7.6 billion budget by 2020 for a raft of green measures paid for on bills. But emails obtained by climate change analysis website Carbon Brief under Freedom of Information rules reveal Government projections which show that, while the overspend will add £12 to average household bills by 2020, overall bills would be £97 lower.

Renewables/Energy Transition

2015 a record year for UK wind power

05/01/2016

The UK wind power industry enjoyed a record breaking 2015 against the backdrop of Tory Government cuts to green energy subsidies. Onshore and offshore turbines combined forces to generate 11% of the UK’s wind last year, up from 9.5% in 2014, RenewableUK said today, citing National Grid statistics supplied by independent data analysts EnAppSys. A new monthly record was set in December, with wind satisfying 17% of UK energy demand. The previous record of 14% was set in January 2015.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Fossil fuel glut, renewables make EU power cheapest in a decade

30/12/2015

Record-low coal prices and increased wind and solar generation that pushed European power prices to their lowest in a decade may cause further declines in 2016. Average day-ahead electricity prices in Germany, Europe’s biggest market, fell 3.2 percent to 31.70 euros ($34.65) per megawatt-hour in 2015, the least since 2004 on the Epex Spot SE exchange in Paris before the last auction later Wednesday. Northwest Europe coal fell 33 percent while the share of Germany’s energy demand met by renewable output increased by four percentage points to 30 percent, according to preliminary figures by utility lobby BDEW.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Renewable investment cash met with mixed response from campaigners

29/12/2015

Communities across Scotland received a record sum of more than £10million from green energy projects in 2015, the country’s energy minister said yesterday. Fergus Ewing said it had been a “bumper year” for community energy, but anti-wind farm campaigners said the sum was unimpressive when stacked up against the profits raked in by multi-national energy firms. Green energy production is growing north of the border. According to new figures, Scotland reached its target for community or local ownership projects five years early.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Renewables puts £10million back into Scottish community

28/12/2015

The Scottish Government said the renewables industry has helped to put £10million back into the Scottish community following a record year. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said there were now more than 150 projects on the community renewables register with millions of pounds paid out to communities from renewables developments. Meanwhile a target for community or local ownership of renewables was met five years early, with 508MW of capacity now operational.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Orkney renewables firm receives £5.7million cash boost

18/12/2015

The Orkney firm behind plans for the world’s biggest tidal turbine said yesterday it had secured a further £5.7million for the project. Kirkwall-based Scotrenewables Tidal Power (STP) said the massive two megawatt floating device, which is about 250ft long, was nearing completion at Harland and Wolff (H&W) shipyard in Belfast. It is due to be launched early next year before being towed to the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney for the start of grid-connected testing.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Government accused after solar panel subsidies slashed

17/12/2015

The Government has been accused of “huge, misguided cuts” to clean energy after it announced reductions of almost two-thirds to subsidies for solar panels on homes. The move, which ministers say is necessary to curb rising costs of green energy on consumer bills, comes just days after the UK backed the world’s first universal agreement to avoid dangerous climate change by bringing down greenhouse gas emissions. Reductions in payments under the “feed-in tariff” scheme for energy generated by new small-scale renewables are not as severe as originally proposed in the summer, when ministers floated an 87% cut for domestic solar electricity compared with current levels.

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