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EDF opens new wind farm and gas plant

EDF opens new wind farm and gas plant

Teeside offshore wind farm. Image: EDF Group
Teeside offshore wind farm. Image: EDF Group

EDF Energy opened a new offshore wind farm and a gas power station yesterday.

The double christening is a sign of times to come, with gas power expected to eventually make up a large chunk of baseload power to back up wind energy in the UK.

Energy Minister Michael Fallon joined EDF Group Chairman and CEO Henri Proglio to open the Teeside offshore wind farm and the West Burton gas plant which is a more efficient combined cycle gas turbine.

Teeside has 27 turbines producing 62MW of electricity, enough to supply all the homes in Redcar, Marske and Saltburn.

The power station at West Burton in Nottinghamshire is EDF Group’s largest single capital investment project in the UK so far. Its capacity of 1,300 MW is enough to supply 1.5 million homes.

Minister for Energy Michael Fallon said: “Opening two new energy generating projects is proof that the UK is a strong focus for new energy investment and the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind. These projects will create hundreds of local jobs in the North East and Nottinghamshire, boosting long-term growth. The home-grown energy they produce will also help to reduce our reliance on expensive imports.”

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2014/04/17/edf-opens-new-wind-farm-and-gas-plant/?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=edf-opens-new-wind-farm-and-gas-plant

Source: Energy Live News

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UK generates “record” amount of wind power

UK generates “record” amount of wind power

UK generates “record” amount of wind power

For the first time more than six gigawatts (GW) of power has been generated by wind in the UK.

Last Friday (29 November) between 2.30pm and 3pm, wind turbines produced an average of 6,004 megawatts (MW), making up 13.5% of the UK’s total electricity demand at that time, according to National Grid statistics.

That’s enough to power more than 3,410,000 British homes, said trade body RenewableUK.

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2013/12/02/uk-generates-%E2%80%9Crecord%E2%80%9D-amount-of-wind-power/

Source: Energy Live News

UK offshore wind capacity grows 79% in one year

UK offshore wind capacity grows 79% in one year

UK offshore wind capacity grows 79% in one year

The offshore wind industry in the UK has enjoyed a “record breaking year” in terms of new deployment, with a 79% rise in capacity in the 12 months to June this year.

Trade body RenewableUK’s latest annual report suggests it marks the first year in which offshore capacity has outstripped onshore wind power.

Installed capacity in the offshore wind sector stood at 3,321MW at the end of June this year, up from 1,858MW a year earlier. The UK also saw four large scale offshore projects go live during the 12-month period – the Great Gabbard,Gunfleet Sands III, Sheringham Shoal and the London Array, the biggest offshore wind farm in the world.

The onshore wind industry saw capacity grow by 25% to 6,389MW over the same period, with 1,258MW of new capacity installed.

Across both sectors, wind capacity grew 40% and now stands at 9.7GW – enough to power more than five and a half million homes – providing an estimated £2 billion boost to the UK economy, the report claims.

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2013/11/19/uk-offshore-wind-capacity-grows-79-in-one-year/

Source: Energy Live News

Dong Energy awarded £1m for Grimsby wind farm baser

Dong Energy awarded £1m for Grimsby wind farm base

Offshore wind turbines
(Construction is due to begin on the Westermost Rough wind farm in early 2014)

An energy company set to develop a wind farm off the coast of East Yorkshire has been awarded £1.1m to help build its operations base in Grimsby.

Dong Energy was granted planning permission last week for offices and a warehouse at the town’s Royal Dock.

The facility, expected to create 40 jobs, will support the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm, which is due to be built next year.

The grant has come from the Growing the Humber Regional Growth Fund.

North East Lincolnshire Council, which runs the £30m fund along with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said the money would help create hundreds of direct and indirect jobs over the next few years.

Read the full article here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-23708936

Source: BBC News

Wind farm to power IKEA’s Dublin and Belfast stores

Wind farm to power IKEA’s Dublin and Belfast stores

Wind farm to power IKEA’s Dublin and Belfast stores

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA’s stores in Dublin and Belfast (pictured) will soon be powered by renewable energy following its plans to buy a new wind farm.

It is already being built by Irish energy firm Mainstream Renewable Power, which has been chosen to operate and maintain the plant for its 20-year life cycle.

Located in Carrickeeny, North West Leitrim, the 7.65MW wind farm – to be completed early next year – will consist of four turbines and have an expected annual production of 25GWh of electricity – equivalent to powering around 5,500 homes a year.

The news comes just a week after a Japanese firm invested €100 million for a holding in the renewable energy company.

IKEA will sell electricity generated by the wind farm to another Irish energy firm Vayu, which will supply it to the retailer’s stores under a 15-year contract.

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2013/08/12/wind-farm-to-power-ikeas-dublin-and-belfast-stores/

Source: Energy Live News

Government pledges £66m boost for offshore wind industry

Government pledges £66m boost for offshore wind industry

Government pledges £66m boost for offshore wind industry

The UK Government has pledged to invest millions of pounds in the offshore wind industry in a bid to create more jobs and boost the economy.

It will provide £20 million from its Regional Growth Fund to improve the UK wind industry’s supply chain and £46 million for the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Centre to join up innovation between industry, academia and Government to help businesses bring new products to market.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Energy Secretary Ed Davey launched a long-term strategy to strengthen the UK’s position in the offshore industry today, which they claim could potentially create 30,000 jobs and unlock £7 billion in the economy by 2020.

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2013/08/02/government-pledges-66m-boost-for-offshore-wind-industry/

Source: Energy Live News

 

Wind full in the sails as two new farms approved

Wind full in the sails as two new farms approved

Wind full in the sails as two new farms approved today

Two new wind farms off the coast of Britain won the go-ahead from ministers today – and one of them will be the biggest offshore wind project in the world.

Planning consent was granted for the giant £3.6 billion Triton Knoll wind farm and a grand total of 288 turbines off the Lincolnshire and Norfolk coast. Developers say the project will create 1,130 jobs and power to 820,000 homes.

Visiting the site of the second wind farm to get approval, the 76-turbine Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in South Wales, Energy Secretary Ed Davey claimed they were evidence of the nation’s pull factor for investment.

He said: “The investments by Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited and Vattenfall are testament to the power of inward investment in the UK.

Read more here http://www.energylivenews.com/2013/07/11/wind-full-in-the-sails-as-two-new-farms-approved-today/

Source: Energy Live News