The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

27/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Offshore wind needs long-term plans in Europe

Last year was a record-breaker in terms of offshore wind investment. This shows that Europe has great potential to remain the global leader in this part of the wind sector.

However, it must deliver on this potential, as there is still uncertainty over volumes and regulation in key European offshore markets after 2020.

These are the headlines from the annual offshore statistics that WindEurop ...

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Posted

16/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

The UK would miss a trick with Ikea



Ikea has pledged to be a net exporter of renewable power by 2020, so there is good reason to feel confident that it is serious about investing in wind energy. 

And that also means we should take it seriously when it says it is not going to invest, as it has this week. Specifically, the Swedish furniture giant has declared that it will not invest in renewables in the UK due to lack of govern ...

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Posted

28/10/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Investor confidence in UK wind slips again



The latest edition of the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, released this week by consultancy Ernst & Young, has buoyed countries across Europe. 

It reported that nations including France, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland, Norway and Finland became more attractive investment prospects for investors in renewables including wind farms in the last six months.

But there is one excep ...

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Posted

21/10/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Take note, UK leaders! 73% of Brits back onshore wind



The British public believes in wind energy even more than previously thought, research published this week has shown.

Climate charity 10:10 commissioned ComRes to carry out the poll to tie in with the launch of its campaign, Blown Away, which aims to demonstrate to the UK Government that British people back wind energy, and secure more high-level support for the sector. ComRes found that 73 ...

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Posted

04/07/2016

Author

William Rees

Nestlé deal the latest move in corporate wind arms race

Nestlé might be best known for Kit Kat, but its commitment to the environment shows no sign of taking a break.

Last week, the confectioner announced that it was partnering with Community Wind Power to build a new wind farm to power its operations. The nine-turbine Sanquhar community wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, set for completion in 2017, is due to produce enough electricity for 50% of N ...

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Posted

29/02/2016

Author

George Beechener

Green business is big business. Let’s not miss out.

At last, some positivity.

That has been in short supply for those working in UK wind, solar and tidal, given the slew of government policies hitting their sectors.

Yet, a largely positive prognosis for UK renewables was given by business leaders, academics and government representatives at an event held by the Westminster Environment, Energy & Transport Forum last month. Why are they so ...

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Posted

16/12/2015

Author

George Beechener

UK support for fracking at odds with approach to wind

Fracking in the UK has consistently struggled to get off the ground—or, indeed, under it. But this could be about to change.

In November, communities and local government secretary Greg Clark announced that the government would begin to assert greater control over the fracking planning application process, after controversy over two potential fracking sites in Lancashire.

So what should the ...

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Posted

04/11/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Galloper Shows Green Bank Remembers Core Mission


This time last year RWE’s offshore wind project Galloper did not look like a thoroughbred race horse. In fact, it looked like the utility had already sent it to the knacker’s yard.

In March 2014, co-developer SSE exited the project and then, in October, RWE Innogy axed plans to develop the 68-turbine 336MW project off the UK’s east coast because it saw it as too financially risky. But that di ...

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Posted

06/05/2015

Author

Richard Heap

RenewableUK Urges UK Leaders To Embrace £900m Wind Sector


Onshore wind added more than £900m to the UK economy in 2014, new research has shown. But this economic activity is at risk after the general election on 7th May. 

That is the warning from trade body RenewableUK, which published a report by BIGGAR Economics about the contribution of onshore wind to the UK economy. It is a timely report, as there is set to be wrangling over policy between pote ...

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Posted

26/03/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Price Must Be Right For Local Energy

We blame TV chefs. It seems like we can’t go anywhere without seeing someone talking about how their ingredients are ‘good, honest and locally-sourced’. It’s become a huge cliche.

But there’s a good reason we’re seeing it. Large numbers of people want to know where their food has come from, so they know it has been ethically-sourced and not come from the other side of the world. This helps peop ...

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