A Scottish hydro-energy developer which recently warned the sector faces a countdown to extinction is preparing to start work on a new £13.6million Highland project. Bosses at Green Highland Renewables (GHR) said its new project at Loch Eilde Mor, near Kinlochleven, will be one of the last hydro schemes commissioned in the region due to UK Government cuts to subsidies. Under the feed-in tariff (FiT) system, small-scale solar, wind and hydro schemes have received fixed-rate payments for the electricity they generate since 2010.
Ministers have insisted they have “absolutely nothing to apologise about“ over a row relating to steel procurement for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project.
Total's Energy Ventures, the venture capital fund that invests in start-ups, has acquired an interest in solar firm Off Grid Electric and Powerhive.
Passengers with a low-cost airline could be served water created as a waste product from hydrogen batteries under plans for a zero emissions fuel system.
The development of tidal lagoon schemes has received a boost with a commitment of millions of pounds to the technology in the UK and India.
UK industrial fuel cell developer AFC Energy has produced more than 200kW of electrical output at its Kore power plant in Germany, marking a major milestone for the technology.
Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) has joined an alliance of fellow trade bodies which is banging the drum for a wider debate on the benefits of fracking. The alliance, which includes Oil and Gas UK, made the call after 55% of UK adults who took part in a poll said they want domestic gas production – including from fracking - to be prioritised over imports. The same survey by ComRes indicated 56% think reducing the cost of energy is more important than environmental concerns.
Petrofac and GE have been awarded a contract worth more than £110million to engineer, construct and install a turnkey power system. It will connect up to 336MW of clean energy from the Galloper offshore wind farm off Suffolk, to the British grid.
Scotland’s hydro power faces an agonising march into near-oblivion by the end of the decade, an industry boss warned yesterday. Mark Mathieson, chief executive of Green Highland Renewables (GHR) said the UK Government had failed to take account of evidence and missed out on broader benefits of hydro energy in its review of feed-in tariffs.
Worldwide M&A activity in the power and renewable sector almost doubled last year, according to a new report. PwC’s annual findings show momentum is expected to continue throughout 2016.
A consortium has pledged £500million worth of backing for a £2billion wind farm planned for the outer Forth Estuary, bringing the construction phase a step closer, the company behind the project said yesterday. Mainstream Renewable Power is now in a stronger position to meet the March 26 deadline for achieving financial close, though a judicial review continues to cast doubt on the scheme. The Neart na Gaoithe (NNG) wind farm would bring huge economic gains to Scotland. More than £540million will be spent in Scotland during the construction phase, with 500 jobs created.
Demand for renewable electricity in Europe continued to grow last year up 8% from 2014, new data has shown.
Attempts are being made to revive the “corpse” of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project which had been destined for Peterhead, Scotland’s energy minister said yesterday. But Fergus Ewing said none of the other options being mulled would be easy to put into practice. Plans to build the CCS plant were derailed in November following the UK Government’s decision to cut £1billion worth of funding for the technology.
The firm behind ambitious plans to create a floating windfarm off the north-east coast have promised it will deliver a jobs bonanza. Energy giant Statoil said last night its Hywind scheme would generate hundreds of posts during the construction, 15 miles from shore.
Dulas has completed work on the second phase of a 2.4MW solar project which will provide energy for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Five Fords waste water treatment works in Wrexham.
Work on a massive windfarm off the coast of a north-east town will begin in the summer, it was revealed last night.
The creation of a Scottish CO2 (carbon dioxide) Hub can unlock UK and European potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to a new report.
Offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore has been contracted by Petrofac to perform technical support services for its work on the BorWin 3 gamma topside for the North Sea.
Amber Rudd has confirmed the UK Government will push ahead with plans to scrap subsidies for new onshore wind farms, placing ministers on a potential collision course with the House of Lords.
E.ON and partner Haci Omer Sabanci are said to be in talks with Chinese investors to sell a stake in Turkey’s biggest private energy company to improve its debt and equity balance.
Shares in industrial fuel cell power company AFC Energy were almost four times oversubscribed as investors scrambled to snap up a bigger part in the business.
Renewables firm Welink Global has signed a £1.1billion agreement with a Chinese firm to develop solar power projects and energy-efficient housing in the UK
Scottish small-wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind has sold its first turbines to Japan just weeks after establishing own local subsidiary.
Xcel Energy said it has started construction on a 200-megawatt windfarm in North Dakota.
Vattenfall expects to be able to build offshore wind power projects without subsidies by 2025, according to a senior company official.