Steep Cost Reductions Confirmed as Ribbon Cut on Giant Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm

The giant 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm off the coast of Norfolk was officially opened yesterday, providing further evidence costs are falling sharply across the industry. Operator Statoil and its partners Masdar and Statkraft announced the construction costs for the project had fallen more than 15 per cent from £1.5bn to £1.25bn since the original …

Britain Delivers Greenest Ever Half Hour of Electricity Production

The UK enjoyed its greenest ever half hour period of electricity production on Monday morning, as wind and nuclear provided the bulk of electricity and coal was pushed off the grid entirely. Between 12.30am and 1am on Monday night the carbon intensity of grid electricity dropped to a record low of 73 grams of CO2 …

UK Renewable Energy Competitive Auction Yields Record Lows & In Excess Of 3 Gigawatts

A total of eleven new electricity projects totaling more than 3 gigawatts were awarded contracts by the UK Government today in the country’s latest competitive auction for Contracts for Difference, including three offshore wind farms which included an impressive low strike price of only £57.50 per megawatt-hour. The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial …

UK Electric Vehicle Sales Enjoy Summer Boom

EV sales in the UK enjoyed yet another boost in August with the latest data showing new registrations of pure electric cars were up more than 60 per cent on the same month last year. Monthly figures released by trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) yesterday show 476 pure electric plug-in …

Climate Change Minister: Clean Growth Plan Coming this Autumn

The government’s long-awaited Clean Growth Plan will finally be made public after the summer recess, according to newly appointed Climate Change Minister Claire Perry. Perry, who replaced Nick Hurd at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) earlier this month, told Parliament this morning the plan will be released in a matter of …

Energy Professionals Fear UK Set to Miss Carbon Targets

Energy professionals fear a combination of Brexit and uncertainty over the future of energy and climate policy is hampering the sector’s development and increasing the chances of the UK missing its emissions reduction targets. That is the conclusion of a survey of nearly 500 executives undertaken by professional body the Energy Institute (EI), which warns …

Could the Coldest Days Provide a Wind Power Boost?

A new study released yesterday suggests concerns about the impact the cold days have on wind power output may have been overblown, and provides new evidence wind power output exceeds the winter average on the coldest days. The study, which involved scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre, Imperial College London and the University of …