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Renewable/Other Energy

Scottish Government vetoes Allt Duine windfarm proposal

30/07/2015

A plan for a 31-turbine wind farm near one of Scotland’s most picturesque mountain ranges has been refused. The proposed Allt Duine wind farm, near Kincraig on the edge of Cairngorms National Park, has been vetoed by Scottish ministers who ruled that it would have a significant impact on the landscape. The Scottish Government said it is committed to generating 100% of Scotland’s electricity demand from renewables by 2020 but it will not permit wind farms that have an unacceptable impact on the local area.

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Call to encourage greater use of solar energy in Scotland

29/07/2015

A leading political figure has called for greater deployment of solar energy in Scotland. Energy minister Fergus Ewing said more work needed to be done to help homes and businesses generate their own supply of electricity. The call comes after the Department of Energy and Climate and Change (DECC) made moves to reduce the Feed-in –Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) subsidies in the UK and set proposals to reduce the renewables obligation support.

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UK Government’s renewable energy policies to hit investment

28/07/2015

The decision to remove renewable energy sources from the Climate Change Levy (CCL) exemption will have a negative impact on the country’s renewable sector, according to a research and consulting firm. GlobalData said that while the move is expected to generate around £490million by 2016 and up to £1billion per year by 2020, the energy sector will suffer as a result in the short term. However this negative affect is likely to help growth in the long term – but areas such as the UK’s wind sector the hardest in the immediate aftermath of the decision.

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A laptop-sized solar panel is lighting rural Africa

28/07/2015

Erasmus Wambua no longer has an excuse for not doing his homework. In the past, the 18-year-old would have to find light elsewhere when his family's off-grid home in the village of Ndela, 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of then Kenyan capital, ran out of paraffin. That's changed since his mother, Rebecca, signed up with M-Kopa, a Nairobi-based provider of solar- lighting systems. The 35-year-old mother says she was paying 100 shillings ($1) a day for kerosine. Her daily expense has since plunged to 42 shillings a day, she said. The laptop-sized solar panel and battery generates about 8 watts of energy, enough to run two LED light bulbs.

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Hillary Clinton vows to defend, extend Obama climate policy

27/07/2015

Hillary Clinton said she would both defend and go beyond the efforts by President Barack Obama to address climate change in the first detailed description of her potential environmental polices if elected president. Clinton released what her campaign said was the opening salvo of the Democrat’s energy and climate change agenda Sunday, while she was campaigning in Iowa. Among other things, Clinton pledged to defend from legal or political attack the Obama administration’s rule to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of power plants. A Clinton administration would go further, rewarding communities that speed rooftop solar panel installation, backing a contest for states to go beyond the minimums called for in the environmental rules, and boosting solar and wind production on federal lands. A four-page campaign fact sheet said the goal was to increase the share of U.S. power generation from renewable sources to 33 percent by 2027, compared to 25 percent under Obama’s carbon plan. The announcement “makes it more clear than ever that she cares deeply about climate change and will make it a top priority throughout her campaign,” Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, said in a statement.

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Amec Foster Wheeler wins Poland power plant contract

27/07/2015

Amec Foster Wheeler has won a contract for the design, supply and construction of a new steam generating combined heat and power plant in Poland. The company said commercial operation of the plant is expected to start by the end of 2018 and has the potential to provide heat to around 70,000 households. The plant, which was commissioned by Fortum Zbarze will be built in southern Poland.

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Cutting solar energy subsidies ‘will reduce household bills’

22/07/2015

Solar energy subsidies will be cut under plans set out by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd which she claimed would reduce household bills. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is consulting on plans that would see subsidies for some small-scale new solar farms close by 2016. Ms Rudd said the renewable energy industry could not be given a “blank cheque” and the level of subsidies should be reduced because of a fall in the cost of delivering solar power.

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Engie pays £3million to Scottish island community after halting windfarm

21/07/2015

An island community is celebrating a £3million windfarm payout - without a single turbine being built. A French company will pay up as part of a "golden au revoir" deal after scrapping its £200million proposal for the Eishken estate on Lewis. Engie, previously trading as GDF-Suez, abandoned the project last October, blaming uncertainty about the laying of a connecting subsea cable to the mainland for its decision.

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Green energy subsidies set for further cuts

17/07/2015

Subsidies on green energy could be cut further in a bid to hold down energy bills. Ministers are looking to carry out a “big reset” of support given to the renewables industry later this year. The move follows fears that state funding for green energy and a carbon tax on coal and gas will add £175 to the average household bill by 2030. The subsidies currently add around £120 a year to consumers’ costs - some £4.3billion in total.

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Private power lights up Scotland

16/07/2015

The number of companies, farms and communities creating their own electricity has risen more than 50% in a year. Figures show 775 organisations have bought generating equipment in a bid to insulate themselves from rising energy costs and to reduce carbon emissions. The report by independent energy firm SmartestEnergy shows the number was just 509 in 2013.

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