Scotland grants planning consent for 12MW Dounreay Tri floating wind farm

EBR Staff Writer Published 20 March 2017

The Scottish government has granted planning consent for the 12MW Dounreay Tri floating wind farm demonstrator project off the Caithness coast.

Located about 9km off Dounreay, the project is being developed by Swedish engineering company Hexicon. It is planned to be commissioned in June 2018.

Featuring two turbines, the project aims to demonstrate Hexicon's semi-submersible foundation for offshore wind power.

Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse said: “Once operational, this demonstrator project will help to develop this pioneering technology and cement Scotland’s reputation at the forefront of innovation in the renewables sector.”

Wheelhouse noted that the latest consent for project increases the Scottish Government’s approved floating offshore wind capacity to 92MW, which is enough to power almost 60,000 homes.

“The Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting low carbon energy is outlined in our draft Energy Strategy which sets out next steps and how we will continue to transition to a low carbon economy, with the offshore wind sector – developed with due regard to our natural environment - playing an increasingly influential role.”

The Dounreay project is expected to generate clean electricity required to power almost 8,000 homes. It will also help in creating 100 jobs during assembly, installation and through ongoing operations and maintenance activities.

The project comprises a semi-submersible platform fitted with two wind turbines, each with 5MW capacity, as well as mooring lines or chains, and drag-embedment anchors.

Recently, the Scottish government approved the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm followed by consent of the Hywind Scotland Pilot in 2016.


Lightsource adds 50MW in UK

14 projects grid connected ahead of 31 March 1.2 ROC deadline

Lightsource adds 50MW in UK image

Lightsource Renewable Energy has connected 14 new solar plants in the UK with combined capacity of over 50MW, ahead of the 31 March deadline for the 1.2 Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC).

EPC contractors Biosar, Egnatia and Grupotec worked with Lightsource to deliver the projects.

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The developer said it is looking to add more 1.2 ROC projects to its portfolio through acquisitions.

Lightsource chief operating officer Kareen Boutonnat said: “While we have now connected all Lightsource developed 1.2 ROC projects, we are still looking to connect additional 1.4 ROC projects this March and next year in Northern Ireland.”

Image: Lightsource Renewable Energy


German solar power association: Europe far from being energy pioneer

Solar energy will be critical to German and European efforts to decarbonise their economies. EURACTIV Germany reports on what contribution local schemes can make to European energy policy.

Jörg Mayer is managing director of the German solar industry association (BSW-Solar).

Mayer spoke to EURACTIV.de Editor-in-Chief Ama Lorenz.

After years of overcapacity, bankruptcies and falling prices, where does the European solar market stand today?

We think that Europe’s solar market is unsatisfactory. In the last few years, a sharp decline has been seen. Although the low numbers have stabilised thanks to expansion in the United Kingdom, we are still, overall, far from being an energy transition pioneer at a global level. That role has been taken on by other continents.

What is to blame for this stagnation?

So far, construction of new photovoltaic (PV) systems have been dealt with under national law. Certainly, there are some reasonable harmonisation efforts at EU level, like cross-border tenders or in terms of energy networks. But, like I said, legislative power over renewable energies lies at national level. Last year, PV expansion was still primarily funded through feed-in-tariffs. But they were lowered too quickly by some countries to an unfeasible level. In addition, other business models have been limited and fossil fuels are still preferred. That’s why we shouldn’t be surprised that the construction of new renewable energy capacity has slumped.

The European Parliament, at the same time, ratified the Paris climate agreement in autumn 2016…

It isn’t just a question of being a frontrunner in terms of the markets. In Europe, we have committed ourselves to meeting specific climate goals. We can only meet them through using renewable energies like PV systems. But we are not going to reach these targets if unambitious policies on energy transition continue to prevail in most European countries.

Sluggish renewables investment poses challenge to EU energy plans

European investment in renewables has dropped by half since 2011 but the EU remains “well on track” to hit its 2020 target of boosting the sector by 20%, the European Commission said today (1 February) as it launched its second report on its Energy Union strategy.

Do you count Germany among those?

It looks like Germany will make progress in 2017 actually. In 2016, PV took a 7.4% share of electricity consumption, no mean feat, and more than we had hoped for. Together with other energy sources like wind power, over 30% of electricity consumption in Germany came from renewables. That makes 2016 a huge success. In principle, Germany’s Energiewende in terms of electricity production is on the right track. Even though construction of new PV systems has been at a worryingly low level over the past year, we have reason to believe that new installations will be put in place in the future.

What makes you so optimistic?

Firstly, the repair job done on the so-called degression mechanism for solar subsidies. The German government-approved Renewable Energy Sources Act (EGG) for 2017 means that support for PV systems could be profitable again. Coupled with falling system prices, more and more investors are realising that it’s a financially viable option. We hope that it 2017 we can add 2 GW of capacity. Even if we are not as successful as we were in 2010, it would still be a turnaround.

There’s another trend of note too: over the past five years, solar companies have started to fund their own projects. Your association has been leading Project PV Financing, which examined alternative business models in six other European countries. What results did those investigations yield?

The project started back in 2015 with the aim of analysing European business models that work without or largely without subsidies. Looking to the future, we are looking for a solution that will allow PV to stand on its own two feet. In addition to Germany, we have identified appropriate models in France, Italy, Austria, Spain, the UK and also in Turkey. As well as finding recommendations that allow users to overcome barriers that still hinder business models.

What barriers, in particular?

Well, for example, certain types of internal consumption are not legally permissible in countries like Austria, Spain, Turkey and, yes, Germany too. For us, the EEG levy affects the profitability of these models. In particular, the neighbourhood supply (Mieterstrommodell). This currently only works when proprietors and consumers of the electricity are the same entity. It applies to the owner of a detached house but not for the tenants of a block of flats. Regarding the latter, it would automatically come under the rules governing a classic supplier relationship. If the owner of a block of flats put a PV cell on the roof, the tenants would have to pay taxes and fees on top of paying for consumption. This would mean a kilowatt hour would cost 28-29 cents.

So this model would not only fight social imbalances but also bring the energy transition into urban spaces then.

Exactly, the political idea behind this is to provide those who participate, and who cannot afford their own homes, to be able to produce their own lost cost PV electricity. That is why the owner of the roof and the PV system itself must be able to provide power to tenants without incurring the usual taxes and fees. These costs could be compensated by a special subsidy, probably in the form of a special tariff for these neighbourhood schemes.

So in terms of European Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič’s plans in the Winter Package…

We see a big problem in the Winter Package, in that PV systems and private consumption are still undervalued. The member states must be more clearly prompted to promote these models and to be prevented from introducing retroactive measures, like those in the Czech Republic or Spain, that have completely destroyed investor confidence in those markets.

Maybe there is a chance that Germany can champion PV systems’ cause at EU level?

We are going to come up with some appropriate recommendations in the remaining months of this project, which we will submit to the EU and we are holding talks with the German government. There is huge potential in the Energiewende and citizen participation behind business models like the ones we have talked about. It’s not just a question of reducing the burden on energy systems, solar energy can also become an even more important pillar of the transition.


Statkraft commissions Andershaw wind farm in Scotland

Published 10 March 2017

Andershaw Wind Farm, Statkraft's 36.3MW onshore wind project located in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, is now fully operational.

Construction of Andershaw began in late 2015. The civils infrastructure works were completed by Scottish contractor R J McLeod and the electrical infrastructure works were delivered by Powersystems UK.

The wind farm consists of 11 Vestas V117 wind turbines which were delivered in parts to Inchgreen Dock near Greenock and King V Dock near Braehead. The various components were then transported as separate loads and assembled at site between July and October 2016.

The construction of the wind farm has been a boost to the local economy with around £2.5 million being spent in the region on items ranging from aggregates, to steel, transport and local plant and machinery hire.

Around a third of the workforce on site during construction came from South Lanarkshire and 3 full time jobs have been created in the region to support operations.

Now fully operational, Andershaw Wind Farm will make a valuable contribution to Scotland's ambitious renewable energy targets, providing clean electricity to meet the needs of approximately 23,400 homes annually.

David Flood, Vice President of Asset Ownership UK at Statkraft, said: "We're delighted to see this important project reach completion with all turbines now fully operational."

"The completion of Andershaw Wind Farm marks the culmination of several years of effort to safely and responsibly deliver this large energy project. I'm especially pleased at the success we've had delivering regional economic benefits from the construction activity."

During the life of the wind farm Statkraft will pay £2.2 million into the South Lanarkshire Renewable Energy Fund as a way for the project to provide meaningful financial assistance to local projects and initiatives. The fund is already open for applications from nearby groups, societies and organisations.

A further £800,000 will be spent on a Forestry Habitat Management Plan to restock the site with mixture of conifers and native woodland to encourage local biodiversity.

The project is Statkraft’s third onshore wind development in Scotland, and follows on from the successful construction of the 52.5 megawatt Baillie Wind Farm and the 66MW Berry Burn Wind Farm, which became operational in 2013 and 2014.

Source: Company Press Release


UK sets stage for CfD2

BEIS publishes allocation framework and other documentation

UK sets stage for CfD2 image

The UK government has set the stage for the second Contract for Difference auction kicking off on 3 April.

BEIS (pictured) published a series of documents to pave the way for CfD2, which remains pegged at an overall budget of £290m for projects delivering in 2021-22 and 2022-23.

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Paperwork published on Monday includes the allocation framework, standard terms and conditions and series of statutory notices.

CfDs will be allocated to the cheapest projects first, regardless of the delivery year.

Load factors for offshore wind have been set at 47.7%, while wave and tidal are 30.8% and 30%.

The strike price for offshore wind is £105/MWh in the first delivery period and £100 in the second. Wave is £310/300 and tidal is £300/295.

Geothermal has been included following a period of industry consulation at a strike price of £140 for both years.

Image: BEIS


How to beat UK energy price rises

SSE has become the last of the big six energy companies to raise its prices – and the news isn’t good. Dual fuel prices will go up by 6.9% or £73 a year for the dual fuel bills of 2.8 million standard tariff customers from the end of April. While it’s not the worst out of the five suppliers who have declared a rise – that accolade goes to Npower – comparison sites have still condemned it as “hammer blow” for householders.

British Gas has frozen its prices, but only until August when it is expected to raise them, and experts say its standard tariff deal isn’t good value anyway. “The picture is grim – everyone on a standard tariff from the big six, including British Gas, is being ripped off,” says Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com. Given this parlous state of affairs, what can be done?

Introduce a relative price cap

John Penrose, a former minister at the Cabinet Office and a Conservative MP, has called on the government to introduce a relative price cap, where the worst-value standard variable tariffs are no more than a certain percentage more expensive than the best-value fixed deals. “We still get lots of competition, lots of choice, but it does mean the most vulnerable of us or those of us with least time to switch suppliers don’t get ripped off,” said Penrose.

Penrose has secured a House of Commons debate on Thursday on energy bills. “In most things in life if you are a loyal customer you are valued and rewarded. But apparently for your energy bill, loyal customers in the view of big energy firms are there to be exploited and not rewarded – and that doesn’t seem fair,” he said.

Impose a price cap

After the Npower price rise, the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, suggested he would cap price rises if he came to office, but Labour has yet to flesh out the details. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, used his budget to reiterate the government’s promise to intervene if markets failed people. Industry figures have said that, despite the tough talk, there is little appetite among ministers for a cap in the green paper out in April. There are also fears it would kill off competition.

“Tinkering with ideas like price caps as a magic bullet to bring down energy bills is a knee-jerk reaction that will leave consumers even more out of pocket in the long term,” said Richard Neudegg, head of regulation at uSwitch.com. Investment bank Jefferies has calculated that capping standard tariffs £50 below their current level would knock British Gas hard, denting profitability per customer from £50 to £35.

A cap, but just for vulnerable customers

Energy regulator Ofgem announced an energy price cap last month from 1 April for about 4m households on prepayment meters. Such coin- and token-operated meters are mostly used in rental properties and for customers who have fallen behind on their payments. Consumer group Citizens Advice is calling for that cap to be extended to people on the Warm Homes Discount, a scheme for those who find it difficult to pay their energy bills.

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This is the solution favoured by industry and, unsurprisingly, comparison sites. Moneysupermarket says the best value deals are £229 cheaper than the standard tariffs that many people are on. But even those cheaper, fixed deals are heading north: in March 2016 the site said the best fix was £751, which has jumped to £834 at present.

But the main problem with switching, as an investigation by the competition watchdog concluded last year, is that not enough people do it. Although the number of people switching rose by 30% last year, around two-thirds of billpayers are still on the worst-value standard tariffs. Trials are under way this year on how best to encourage those “hard to reach” people to switch.

Energy efficiency

The government abolished the green deal, its flagship scheme for bringing down household energy bills through insulation and more efficient boilers, shortly after coming to power in 2015. There are no signs that ministers have any plans to replace it this parliament. Energy efficiency advocates said the recent rises showed that switching was “little more than a short-term fix.” Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at the UK Green Building Council, which is urging ministers to establish a new national energy efficiency programme, said: “Improving our draughty and poorly insulated housing stock should be an urgent national priority.”

More renewable energy - or less?

SSE blamed its hike on the increasing cost of government policy, much of which involves subsidies for renewable energy projects such as windfarms. A recent Lords committee report blamed such support for recent price rises. However, green energy payments only accounted for 10% of the rise in bills between 2003 and 2016. Most of the increase was due to rising wholesale electricity and gas prices.

Even the latest round of rises is primarily to do with fossil fuel prices, according to Ofgem. Figures published by the regulator last week show costs to energy suppliers have continued to increase since January, mainly due to wholesale prices going up. So there is also a school of thought that says extending the amount of electricity the UK gets from renewables – currently at 25% – would be the best way to protect billpayers from fluctuating wholesale prices.

Ditch smart meters

Under government plans, every home will have a smart meter by the end of 2020, doing away with the need for estimated bills. The cost of installing the meters was one of the reasons cited by ScottishPower for its 7.8% price hike. While no major figures or companies are currently calling for the end of 2020 deadline to be abolished or postponed, there is grumbling within the industry about the costs of the project – both for fitting them and maintaining the Capita-run body that will look after the data. Unions also complain that the companies are not training enough people or putting enough money into the upgraded programme.


Artificial North Sea island to power Europe

A huge artificial island with its own airstrip and harbour could be built in the North Sea to power Europe by 2050, if plans are approved later this month.

The 2.5 square mile (6.5 square km) island could serve as a 'crazy and science fiction-like' energy plant that would be surrounded by fields of offshore wind turbines.

The 'North Sea Wind Power Hub' would house a small team of permanent staff and generate power for more than 80 million people across Europe.

 

An artificial island (artist's impression pictured) with an airstrip and harbour could be built in the North Sea to help power Europe by 2050. Energinet, the Danish state-owned energy operator, said it hoped that the offshore power plant would be completed by 2050

An artificial island (artist's impression pictured) with an airstrip and harbour could be built in the North Sea to help power Europe by 2050. Energinet, the Danish state-owned energy operator, said it hoped that the offshore power plant would be completed by 2050

THE NORTH SEA WIND POWER HUB ISLAND

- Could be built by 2050

- Cover an area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 square km)

- Provide power to 80 million people

- Cost over £1.1 billion ($1.3 billion)

- The plans have been drawn by a series of energy companies from Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany, including Energinet

- Discussions with other energy companies and industrial partners, who together will pay for the project, are ongoing

- Power homes in Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Belgium

- Comes with an airstrip, harbour, buildings for housing and workshops, an artificial lake and even a park

The island would serve a vast network of solar panels and wind turbines spanning across Dogger Bank, a large sandbank 62 miles (100km) off the east coast of England.

It would supply energy to six European countries through underwater cables – Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Belgium.

Dogger Bank is relatively shallow with depths of between 15 and 36 metres, which is expected to reduce the cost of the project.

The Copenhagen Post reported that the island, if approved, would cost just over £1.1 billion ($1.3 billion).

Energinet, the Danish state-owned energy operator, said it hoped that the offshore power plant would be completed by 2050.

The plans have been drawn by a series of energy companies from Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany, including Energinet.

Discussions with other energy companies and industrial partners, who together will pay for the project, are ongoing.

They are expected to be agreed in Brussels on March 23.

Torben Glar Nielsen, Energinet's technical director, told the Independent: 'Maybe it sounds a bit crazy and science fiction-like but an island on Dogger Bank could make the wind power of the future a lot cheaper and more effective.'

Dutch power grid operator TenneT announced on Wednesday that Energinet was the first partner for its plan to create the offshore energy hub.

The Copenhagen Post reported that the island would cost just over £1.1 billion ($1.3 billion), if the green light is given to the project. It would include a harbour (artist's impression pictured) for the delivery of supplies to the small workforce stationed on the island

The Copenhagen Post reported that the island would cost just over £1.1 billion ($1.3 billion), if the green light is given to the project. It would include a harbour (artist's impression pictured) for the delivery of supplies to the small workforce stationed on the island

The Copenhagen Post reported that the island would cost just over £1.1 billion ($1.3 billion), if the green light is given to the project. It would include a harbour (artist's impression pictured) for the delivery of supplies to the small workforce stationed on the island

The plans have been drawn by a series of energy companies from Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany and are expected to be agreed in Brussels on March 23. This artist's impression shows a section of the island's airstrip, which would allow small passenger aircraft to take staff to and from the island

The plans have been drawn by a series of energy companies from Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany and are expected to be agreed in Brussels on March 23. This artist's impression shows a section of the island's airstrip, which would allow small passenger aircraft to take staff to and from the island

The plans have been drawn by a series of energy companies from Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany and are expected to be agreed in Brussels on March 23. This artist's impression shows a section of the island's airstrip, which would allow small passenger aircraft to take staff to and from the island

The 2.5 square mile (6.5 square km) island is part of ambitious plans for a huge new offshore energy project that could supply power to Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Belgium. This artist's impression shows the route that the plant's undersea electric cabling would make back to each country

The 2.5 square mile (6.5 square km) island is part of ambitious plans for a huge new offshore energy project that could supply power to Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Belgium. This artist's impression shows the route that the plant's undersea electric cabling would make back to each country

The 2.5 square mile (6.5 square km) island is part of ambitious plans for a huge new offshore energy project that could supply power to Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Belgium. This artist's impression shows the route that the plant's undersea electric cabling would make back to each country

ORIGINS OF THE IDEA

The company says that the idea for the island came in response to the European Union's need to meet CO2 emission targets in the wake of rising international pressure to combat climate change.

They say that renewable energy will be key to achieving these targets, and that both sun and wind will be needed to provide consistent levels of energy through every season.

The summer months will bring more sun, while the colder months will bring more wind, meaning that the plant will have both solar panels and wind turbines.

TenneT claim that the levels of renewable energy production needed by the EU is too much for individual Member States to cope with, and so say that a cooperative system is needed between several countries.

The North Sea boasts a higher and more stable wind speed than wind farms experience on land, and the farms will provide energy without taking up any land space that could be used for housing or farming.

TenneT plans to creates a basis, or point of departure, for a joint European approach up to 2050 and focus on developing the North Sea as a source and distribution hub for Europe’s energy transition.

TenneT says that the large European electricity network is based on a 'hub and spoke' principle, and was designed to help the European Union to meet targets for cuts in its carbon dioxide emissions.

TenneT will formally sign a deal with Energinet on March 23.

'Discussions with other potential partners are ongoing, which not only include other North Sea transmission system operators, but also other infrastructure companies,' TenneT said in a statement.

Energinet.dk CEO Peder Østermark Andreasen said the project has the potential to lead to a 'further reduction in prices of grid connections and interconnections.'

Dutch power grid operator TenneT announced on Wednesday that Energinet was the first partner for its plan to create an offshore energy hub in the North Sea. The island could include green spaces and parks for the staff, as shown in this artist's impression

Dutch power grid operator TenneT announced on Wednesday that Energinet was the first partner for its plan to create an offshore energy hub in the North Sea. The island could include green spaces and parks for the staff, as shown in this artist's impression

Dutch power grid operator TenneT announced on Wednesday that Energinet was the first partner for its plan to create an offshore energy hub in the North Sea. The island could include green spaces and parks for the staff, as shown in this artist's impression

Torben Glar Nielsen, Energinet's technical director, told the Independent: 'Maybe it sounds a bit crazy and science fiction-like but an island on Dogger Bank could make the wind power of the future a lot cheaper and more effective'. Pictured is an artist's impression of the island with its large bank of offshore wind turbines stationed behind it

Torben Glar Nielsen, Energinet's technical director, told the Independent: 'Maybe it sounds a bit crazy and science fiction-like but an island on Dogger Bank could make the wind power of the future a lot cheaper and more effective'. Pictured is an artist's impression of the island with its large bank of offshore wind turbines stationed behind it

Torben Glar Nielsen, Energinet's technical director, told the Independent: 'Maybe it sounds a bit crazy and science fiction-like but an island on Dogger Bank could make the wind power of the future a lot cheaper and more effective'. Pictured is an artist's impression of the island with its large bank of offshore wind turbines stationed behind it

This artist's impression shows a bird's eye view of the island, which would provide power to more than 80 million people. the airstrip and artificial lake can be seen on the lower half of the island, while the harbour and park are in the upper half

This artist's impression shows a bird's eye view of the island, which would provide power to more than 80 million people. the airstrip and artificial lake can be seen on the lower half of the island, while the harbour and park are in the upper half

This artist's impression shows a bird's eye view of the island, which would provide power to more than 80 million people. the airstrip and artificial lake can be seen on the lower half of the island, while the harbour and park are in the upper half

Separately on Wednesday, TenneT said it would invest £21 billion ($26 billion) in new transmission capacity over the coming decade to support a number of offshore wind and onshore renewable projects currently in the pipeline.

The company also wishes to improve interconnections between the Netherlands and Germany.

The amount is an increase from the £19 billion ($23 billion) in a March 2016 forecast, after the Dutch government announced plans last autumn for a major acceleration in funding for renewable energy projects.

The 'North Sea Wind Power Hub' would serve a vast network of solar panels and wind turbines spanning across Dogger Bank, a large sandbank 62 miles (100km) off the east coast of England

The 'North Sea Wind Power Hub' would serve a vast network of solar panels and wind turbines spanning across Dogger Bank, a large sandbank 62 miles (100km) off the east coast of England

The 'North Sea Wind Power Hub' would serve a vast network of solar panels and wind turbines spanning across Dogger Bank, a large sandbank 62 miles (100km) off the east coast of England

The plans included permitting 5 gigawatts of new offshore turbine farms.

TenneT will provide infrastructure for the new farms.

'If we want to exploit all this green electricity in our Northwest European region to the full, we cannot do so without new power transmission links, both onshore and offshore,' CEO Mel Kroon said in a statement.

'The ongoing coupling of the European energy markets will lead to more convergence of electricity prices in the various European countries, and will make electricity more affordable for end users,' he said.

TenneT reported 2016 underlying operating profit of 701 million euros on revenue of 3.23 billion euros ($3.41 billion), both down slightly from 2015, due to lower reimbursements for its services.


UK report confirms positive impact of biomass on carbon and US forests

In the UK, a report released yesterday by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, titled “Use of North American woody biomass in UK electricity generation”, reaffirms the positive impact of US biomass industry on US forests and carbon emissions.

Speaking about the report, USIPA Executive Director Seth Ginther said, “This study confirms that biomass sourced from US forests is sustainable and carbon beneficial and that bioenergy plays a key role in reducing emissions and mitigating climate change as a low-cost replacement for fossil fuels.

The report reaffirms the findings of countless academics and scientists – that when sourced sustainably, biomass can play an important role as a baseload renewable energy source.  This report can be added to a growing body of academic and scientific research which shows that using biomass in place of coal can reduce carbon emissions by 74% or more.”

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JLR sources 100% renewable electricity for its UK facilities

 

09 March 2017

UK car manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has sealed an agreement with energy supplier EDF Energy to buy all of its electricity from renewable sources up until March 2020.

A proportion of EDF Energy’s renewable energy is ring-fenced specifically for the firm thanks to JLR’s electricity supply being backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO).

The REGO scheme certifies what proportion of supply comes from renewable generation – 100 per cent in JLR’s case.

Ian Harnett, executive director of human resources and global purchasing at JLR, said the manufacturer’s future is “low-carbon, clean and efficient”.

“Our programme to reduce our burden on the National Grid doesn’t end here: we seek continual improvements, both in how we can reduce energy consumption further and how to minimise our carbon emissions,” he said.

“Our aim is to give our customers an assurance that the company’s electricity will come from renewable sources: those being in addition to the solar array at our Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, one of the largest rooftop installations in Europe.”

Béatrice Bigois, managing director of customers at EDF Energy, added: “EDF Energy is pleased to announce that we will continue to supply JLR with 100 per cent renewable electricity for the next three years.

“JLR is a valued partner of EDF Energy – we share a strong focus on sustainability and are very proud to support Britain’s biggest car maker in achieving their low-carbon ambitions.”

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Wind energy makes more progress in Scotland

New information shows that wind energy generation in Scotland has reached new heights

More progress has been made in Scotland’s continuing efforts to expand its use of wind energy. WWF Scotland and WeatherEnergy have released new information showing that wind generation in Scotland increased by a significant margin in February. The growth of wind capacity has outpaced what was recorded during the same period in 2016. The Scottish government has been showing significant support for wind energy in recent years, investing heavily in new projects that will allow Scotland to become more environmentally friendly.

Wind farms generate more than 1 million megawatt-hours of electricity

According to the information from WeatherEnergy and WWF Scotland, Scottish wind farms generated some 1,331,420 megawatt-hours of electricity in February of this year. This is enough to provide energy to approximately 3.9 million average homes. WeatherEnergy notes that wind power generated enough electricity to power 162% of Scotland’s households. Wind energy generation grew by 43% in February of this year compared to what was reported during the same month last year.

Stronger wind currents allow Scotland to generate more wind energy

Wind energy is beginning to place a major role in Scotland’s power portfolio. Wind power accounted for approximately 67% of Scotland’s electricity needs in February, with total energy consumption reaching 1,984,765 megawatt-hours. One of the reasons that wind energy experienced significant growth this year is due to the stronger wind currents that have come to Scotland. As wind currents in the region increase, Scotland’s wind farms are able to generate more electricity.

Offshore wind expected to receive more attention from government

Scotland has established itself as a very attractive market for wind energy. The Scottish government has invested heavily in developing new wind projects, particularly those that can be built off the coast. Offshore wind projects are likely to become more popular in Scotland, as these energy systems have the potential to generate more electricity, further increasing Scotland’s wind energy capacity. As wind capacity grows, Scotland will become less reliant on fossil-fuels and supply the United Kingdom energy grid with much more clean power.