Green Energy Sector - News Bulletin

Bulletin: 31st October 2013

Plans for North East offshore wind farm dealt blow (Scotsman)
Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Formartine area rejected the application from the consortium behind the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre for the construction of an electricity substation at Blackdog, close to Trump’s Menie golf resort

UK-Norway power cable project could face delays - Statnett (Reuters)

£450k investment starts next phase of Manchester geothermal project (H&V News)
GT Energy has started work on the next phase of its geothermal scheme, which aims to provide a secure supply of cheaper, renewable heat to homes and businesses

The town swapping fish for turbines (BBC News)

Energy woes: We should replicate the best elements of Germany’s power sector transformation (Independent)


Bulletin: 28th October 2013

David Cameron considers switching burden of energy bill cuts to the taxpayer (Independent)

Is there any way to bring down our fuel bills? (Independent)
Labour wants to freeze prices. The Government says it will cut green taxes. So do the experts have any better ideas about how to solve the problem that’s divided Westminster?

Yes, energy bosses like me make mistakes... but green levies are the real enemy (Daily Mail)
Paul Massara of npower dips into the Daily Mail debate

Skyrocketing energy bills raise new questions over privatisation (Herald Scotland)

Iceland seeks UK funding for subsea cable project (Guardian)
Construction of £4.3bn subsea cable – the world's longest – will link Iceland to UK electricity grid and could deliver five terawatt-hours a year

Solar can outshine Hinkley 'in 2yrs' (Renews)
Lightsource has written to Prime Minister David Cameron to claim that the UK solar industry can deliver the output of Hinkley Point C within two years

GMS targets wind energy growth (Herald Scotland)
Marine services business is hoping to capitalise on the growing offshore wind energy industry as it opens its first office in Scotland

Ed Davey interview: 'I'm not going to give up on renewable energy' (Guardian)


Bulletin: 24th October 2013

Energy industry faces proper competition test, says David Cameron (Guardian)
Prime minister claims environmental charges raise bills by £112 on average but Labour says most of them began on his watch

UK set to guarantee energy projects (BBC News)
Including Forth wind farm and Hinkley C nuclear plant

Government hails historic nuclear deal (BusinessGreen)
EDF to build first new nuclear power plant in a generation, but critics slam government over high cost of clean energy 'subsidy'

How the ground shifted for nuclear power (Guardian)
John Vidal looks at the changing attitudes that have shaped the decision to build a new nuclear power station in the UK

Energy policy failing at European level, says expert (Guardian)
UK measures will only scratch the surface, says Paul Hunt, while renewables group calls for clarification on green levies

Solar ‘to beat’ nuclear strike price (Renews)
Say trade bodies

Green trade bodies press peers to back decarbonisation target (BusinessGreen)
Seven organisations urge House of Lords to support Lord Stern's Energy Bill amendment

How David Cameron is preparing to disappoint everyone on "green levies" (BusinessGreen)
James Murray analysis

Why hydro energy still offers hope to Scotland (Herald Scotland)


Bulletin: 21st October 2013

SNP vows to scrap energy efficiency levies (BusinessGreen)
Post-independence shift from funding via customer bills to state funding with help from EU

Huge nuclear subsidy shows Tory inconsistency on markets (New Statesman)
After denouncing Labour's proposed two-year price freeze as "socialism", the government has just guaranteed EDF and Chinese state investors prices for 35 years

EU Energy Commissioner faces questions over fossil fuel subsidy data (BusinessGreen)
Leaked documents suggest Gunther Oettinger deleted figures showing high cost of fossil fuel and nuclear subsidies

Offshore wind expansion in UK under threat, says key player (Guardian)
RWE's Paul Coffey says government 'lack of clarity' has taken puff out of industry that is central to UK energy needs

Is our green energy dream falling apart? (Herald Scotland)
Steve Vass

Energy Darwinism: utility companies at risk as market transforms (Blue and Green Tomorrow)
Investment in clean energy will deepen

SSE should be careful what they wish for (Utilities Scotland)

Blaming costly wind farms or greedy energy firms won't solve our energy problems (Engineer)


Bulletin: 17th October 2013

Ministers told to 'get real' over energy challenges (BusinessGreen)
World Energy Council challenges policy makers to transform the energy system or risk missing out on the full economic benefits

Wind farms good value for money – Energy Secretary (This Is Cornwall)
Davey defends wind on the Marr show

Clegg warns on green energy levies (Yahoo News)
Scrapping green energy levies would push up bills in future and leave more people unable to heat their homes, Nick Clegg said as he entered the public coalition dispute over how to cut household costs.

Energy bills: Huhne accuses Osborne of 'utter hypocrisy' on green levies (Guardian)
Former energy secretary says the chancellor has himself added an unnecessary green tax simply to raise revenue

Report: grid parity for renewables 'a reality in the coming years' (BusinessGreen)
World Energy Council finds onshore wind and hydro are already competitive with coal and gas and expects solar to follow suit as deployment increases

Campaigners back new law to stop regional park wind farms (Herald Scotland)
Campaigners have backed calls for a new law they claim would give Scotland's three regional parks greater protection from "industrialisation" caused by the building of wind farms.

Campaigners issue plea to wind farm developers (Herald Scotland)
Allt Duine - Cairngorms

Date for Viking wind farm appeal set (Shetland News)

UK: Siemens Installs 6 MW Wind Turbine (
Gunfleet Sands

267 pylons and counting: 137-mile Beauly to Denny power line is half finished (Herald Scotland)

Bristol shines with £47m solar scheme (BusinessGreen)
City aims to become UK's "solar power capital" with 1GW installed by 2020

A roundup of the new MCS solar thermal standards (Solar Power Portal)


Bulletin: 14th October 2013

Energy CEOs call for end to renewable subsidies (EurActiv)
The 'Magritte Group' flexes its muscles

Vince Cable battles Tories over green energy cuts (Scotsman)
Calls for the Government to ditch green policies in order to bring down the price of energy to consumers have been branded “short-sighted and foolish” by Business Secretary Vince Cable

Ecotricity proves it knows which way the wind is blowing (BusinessGreen)
Green energy company publishing live updates on the output of its 55 UK wind turbines

Offshore wind plan needs "clearer ambition", developers warn (BusinessGreen)
Companies insist stronger support for next wave of projects will secure future cost savings

£900million plan to cut winter fuel deaths (Express)
Fears of a sharp rise in deaths caused by soaring energy bills has prompted the Government to unveil a £900million plan to combat fuel poverty

£70m to insulate homes in Wales (South Wales Evening Post)

Renewables recruitment firm soars (Herald Scotland)
Taylor Hopkinson

Greek wind power resurgence in September (Wind Power Monthly)
Despite Greece's economic problems, the country's regulatory authority for energy (RAE) said 1,382MW of new wind farm applications were submitted in September