Renewables/Energy Transition

Renewables/Energy Transition

Renew News: Firms must change their position on green energy

10/03/2016

A leading renewables expert said “sooner or later” companies will have no choice but to shift their position on green energy. Dr Alan Owen, a director for the Centre for Understanding Sustainability in Practice (CUSP) at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, spoke to Energy Voice after it was revealed the UK’s biggest energy lobbying group said it would start campaigning for low-carbon alternatives.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Vattenfall insists it has the cash for £230m wind farm off Aberdeen

09/03/2016

The developer of a controversial wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen has dismissed claims it will not be able to fund the £230million project. Swedish energy firm Vattenfall said it is confident that cash reserves are in place for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) testing and demonstration site, although an investment decision has yet to be taken on the scheme. Assurances came after Vattenfall announced the next step in the project. It said offshore survey group Fugro has started assessing the seabed in Aberdeen Bay ahead of the construction stage, which is slated to start in late 2017.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Planned £230m wind farm off Aberdeen edges closer to construction stage

08/03/2016

Offshore survey group Fugro has started assessing the seabed in Aberdeen bay ahead of the construction stage of a £230million wind farm project. Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited (AOWFL), the joint venture company behind the project, said the information gathered would help it design the foundations for the 11-turbine scheme. While an investment decision on the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) has yet to be taken, building work is slated to start in late 2017 ahead of first power in 2018, according to AOWFL.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Duo commit to investing £10m on Wick district heating scheme

02/03/2016

A renewable-energy fund and an infrastructure firm yesterday committed to spend £9.8million on buying and upgrading the district heating scheme in Wick. The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and Equitix said they would improve the infrastructure at the Wick green-energy plant and expand the heating system to cover another 150 customers. They announced their plans after agreeing to buy the company that had owned and operated the scheme, Ignis Biomass, from Jersey-based fund Ludgate Environmental.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Dulas shrugs off subsidy cuts to start work on two new hydro schemes

02/03/2016

Dulas has started building two new Scottish hydroelectric schemes which will help the country meet its climate change targets, the green-energy developer said yesterday. Both schemes will also help cut energy-costs on the rural estates where they are based and generate income through the feed-in tariff (FiT) system, Dulas said. The Scottish Government has set a target of enabling renewable power generators to cover 100% of the country’s energy demands by 2020.

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