Renewables/Energy Transition

Orkney’s wind turbine scheme gets underway


The first phase of Orkney’s new fully funded community wind turbine scheme is expected to go live later this month. Farmers and landowners at 20 properties are set to benefit from discounted electricity for at least two decades as a result. Hamsin Wind is aiming to install over 60 single onshore wind turbines at residential and commercial sites across Orkney by the end of 2015 and is actively seeking applications from interested parties.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Trump to take windfarm battle to Supreme Court next month


Donald Trump will take his fight against plans for an offshore windfarm near his north-east golf resort to the highest court in the land next month. The tycoon’s case will be heard at the UK Supreme Court in London on October 8. The Court of Session rejected Mr Trump’s appeal against the £230million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

Renewables/Energy Transition

Former Treasury adviser hammers renewables in new research

It is claimed in a new report churned out by the Centre for Policy Studies that renewables-based power generation subsidies have destroyed the UK electricity market. Author Rupert Darwall, a former Treasury special adviser, spouts that the costs of intermittent renewables are “massively understated”. He asserts that current UK energy policy represents the “biggest expansion of state power since the nationalisations of the 1940s and 1950s”, that it is “on course to be the most expensive domestic policy disaster in modern British history” and that, by “committing the nation to high-cost, unreliable renewable energy, its consequences will be felt for decades”. And: “To keep the lights on, everything ends up requiring subsidies, turning what was once a profitable sector into the energy equivalent of the Common Agricultural Policy.” In addition to their supposed higher plant-level costs, Darwall states that renewables require massive amounts of extra generating capacity to provide cover for intermittent generation when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Atlantis names Lockheed Martin as principal contractor to deliver turbine to MeyGen tidal power project


The majority owner of MeyGen, the world’s largest tidal stream energy project- based in Caithness, has extended a construction contraction with a global defence contractor for the delivery of one of the largest capacity single rotor turbines ever built. Atlantis’ new 1.5 megawatt AR1500 turbine will be built with the help of Lockheed Martin and is hoped to fulfil the company’s MeyGen project turbine supply obligations. The 18 metre rotor diameter AR1500 turbine, scheduled for delivery dockside in Scotland in 2016, will be one of the largest capacity single rotor turbines ever built.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Sturgeon: wind ‘substantially cheaper than nuclear’


Future UK Government budgets for offshore wind are unlikely to support Scotland’s ambitions to develop the industry, the first minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon has called on the government to act now to provide confidence to the sector by increasingboost budget allocations to allow offshore wind to be delivered on a far greater scale. Sturgeon’s plea comes after the results of the first contracts for difference auction were announced last week. The auction awarded 15-year contracts which guarantee a price for the power generated as part of the government’s plan to encourage renewable energy.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Brazilian consortium awarded turbine contract


The Força Eólica do Brasil consortium have awarded Gamesa a contract to supply 42 state-of-the-art wind turbines to the three wind farms in Brazil. Gamesa will install the G114 wind turbines with a unit capacity of two megawatts (MW) at the windfarms and will be in charge of supplying, transporting, installing and commissioning 15 wind turbines for the Santana 1 windfarm.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Ex-deputy first minister’s turbine bid blocked


A former Scottish political leader has been defeated in his fifth attempt to win approval for a controversial windfarm in Aberdeenshire. Councillors have upheld the decision to throw out Lord Nicol Stephen’s plans to erect two masts near Blackhills Farm at Cushnie. Campaigners said they hoped the verdict would convince the one-time deputy first minister to finally drop the proposals for the site.