Scottish case tests intellectual property rights
With the rush to new 'green' technologies (particularly renewable technologies) these days, a recent case delivered a salutory reminder to make sure you have the right to fully exploit a given technology.
Renewing energy policy
A recent speech highlighted how migrating to a low-carbon economy will involve concerted policy initiatives from across all government departments, says John Hutton MP
Offshore wind deployment could grow by 650% in 15 years, says IRENA
Technological innovations for offshore wind energy generation hold the potential to grow the sector from 13GW of capacity in 2015 to more than 100GW in 2030, according to new analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Report: Innovation can cut offshore wind energy costs by a third
Innovation improvements surrounding the design, maintenance, construction and operations of European offshore windfarms could cut associated energy costs by a third in the next 15 years, a new report from sustainable innovation engine KIC InnoEnergy has found.
Research predicts European wind rush by 2025
New research has anticipated that more than 140GW of new wind power capacity will be deployed in Europe by 2025 despite deep regulatory reform, in the same week that Wind Europe called on the European Union (EU) to ramp up political commitments to make the continent the best choice for renewables investment.
Renewable energy developers pass Contracts for Difference subsidy milestone
The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) has confirmed that all 39 Contracts for Difference (CfD) renewable projects in the UK have past their delivery milestone requirements as part of the second round of CfD funding.
World's largest offshore wind farm receives go-ahead from UK Government
The world's largest offshore wind farm has today (16 August) received development consent from the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark.
Could public support for renewables derail UK fracking and nuclear projects?
Amid a wave of discontent over the controversial fracking and Hinkley Point nuclear plant projects, recent developments suggest the general public are vying for low-carbon technologies to form the focal point of the UK Government's clean energy mix.
Vattenfall delivers £300m investment for Scotland's largest offshore wind farm
Plans to build Scotland's largest offshore wind farm near US presidential hopeful Donald Trump's Menie Estate golf resort in Aberdeenshire received a major boost this week after Swedish energy company Vattenfall pledged £300m towards the project.
Scottish Government joins devolopers in offshore wind collaboration
The Scottish Government has announced a £7.9m collaboration with nine of Europe's largest offshore wind developers to reduce costs, and improve efficiency and availability of offshore wind farms, easing doubts about the UK's ability to invest in renewables post-Brexit.
Scottish Government invests £1.5m in offshore wind
The Scottish Government has announced it will provide £1.5m in investments to the offshore wind sector to increase innovation, reduce costs and encourage additional funding.
Global Wind Day: 10 wind energy statistics that will blow you away
On a day dedicated to discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world, edie takes a look at 10 interesting wind energy statistics on Global Wind Day (15 June).
Offshore wind agreement signed by 9 EU countries
A total of 9 northern European countries have signed an agreement on enhanced cooperation within the offshore wind sector, in a deal which aims to reduce the costs and accelerate the deployment of wind power at sea through joint development and purchasing.
UK offshore wind capacity hits 10GW as £2.6bn Beatrice project receives green light
The construction of the £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland has been given the green light by developers SSE, as the UK looks to secure 10% of its electricity needs by 2020 from the offshore wind sector.
Confidence in UK offshore industry illustrated by new £1.3bn project
One of the world's largest offshore windfarms, set to be located off the coast of East England, has secured a £1.3bn long-term financing fund, just six months after it began a fundraising process.
Sir David King: UK should shift renewable energy subsidy focus to offshore wind
The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) should concentrate its limited renewable energy subsidy budget on offshore wind, in an effort to drive down costs and increase investor demand, the UK's chief climate envoy has told edie.
Low costs will see global wind capacity nearly double in next five years
Global wind power installations will nearly double in the next five years as prices continue to fall and countries develop renewable energy to comply with emissions reduction targets, according to research published in Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) flagship publication.
Renewables revolution in full swing as global investment smashes records
Renewable energy sources added more generation capacity than all other technologies combined in 2015, with a world record total of £286bn invested in renewables across the globe, a major new UN-backed report has found.
Batwind: Battery storage for offshore wind launched by Statoil
Norwegian fossil fuel giant Statoil is piloting an innovative battery storage system for offshore wind energy on the world's first floating wind farm - the Hywind park off the coast of Aberdeenshire in Scotland.
Harnessing renewables could provide £725m windfall for Scottish islands
A cluster of Scottish islands including the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland could receive a £725m economic boost if they were converted into renewable outposts, a new independent report has found.
Six renewable energy innovations primed for Government's £500m nest egg
The Government's £500m of allocated funds for green innovation could propel the UK into being a world-leader in energy generation, if the money is spent in key areas such as wave and tidal energy, low-carbon heat and energy storage.
Green Investment Bank in £423m windfarm acquisition
A consortium comprising of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) Offshore Wind Fund and funds managed by New York investment firm BlackRock, has acquired three UK wind farms in a deal worth £423m.
Green light for world's largest offshore wind farm
The world's largest offshore wind farm is to be built 75 miles off the coast of Yorkshire, after Dong Energy made a final investment decision on Hornsea Project One.
UK clean energy investment up 24% in 2015 on strength of offshore wind
The UK was "by far the strongest clean energy investment market in Europe" in 2015, according to new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, with investment up 24% to $23.4bn.
RenewableUK snaps up DECC director as new chief exec
The national trade association for Britain's wind, wave and tidal power industries has recruited a top civil servant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as its new chief executive.
Major offshore wind operator plans £6bn UK investment by 2020
Dong Energy, the biggest operator of offshore windfarms in Britain, has said it plans to spend a further £6bn in the UK by 2020, convinced that the government is serious about supporting wind power.
GIB backs £10bn green projects in three years
In the last three years, the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has committed £2.3 billion to 58 green infrastructure projects with a total value of £10.1 billion, making it the most active investor in the UK's renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.
GE launches 30,000-turbine renewable energy business
American conglomerate General Electric (GE) has launched a new renewable energy business after acquiring France-based Alstom's power and grid businesses for €12.35bn earlier this month.
Wind energy set to be Europe's largest power source by 2030
Wind energy could be the largest power supply source in the EU by 2030 as long as governments drive ambition in climate and energy policies, according to a new European Wind Energy Association report.
Offshore wind could supply one third of UK electricity by 2030
The UK could get more than a third of its electricity demand from offshore wind by 2030 while also supporting 50,000 skilled jobs, a new Offshore Wind Vision document has found.
Scotland struggling to reach 100% renewable electricity target
A new report has predicted that Scotland will miss its 100% renewable electricity target for 2020, unless further investment in onshore and offshore wind is supported.
Brits still back renewables despite subsidy cuts
More than three quarters of the UK public support the use of renewable energy, according to the latest opinion poll from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Scotland set for world's largest floating offshore wind farm
The Scottish Government has granted consent for the world's largest floating offshore wind farm to be developed off the coast of Peterhead.
£1.5bn Galloper windfarm in Suffolk to go ahead with new backers
Construction of a £1.5bn windfarm off the Suffolk coast is to go ahead in November with the creation of nearly 800 jobs, after three new partners were found to back the project.
World's biggest offshore wind farm confirmed for Cumbria
Permission has been granted today (29 October) to put steel in water for what will be the world's biggest offshore wind farm off the coast of Cumbria.
Renewables lowered electricity costs by £1.5bn in 2014, report finds
A new report has revealed that renewable energy in the form of wind and solar photovoltaics reduced the wholesale annual cost of electricity by £1.55bn.
GIB raises £355m for world's first offshore wind fund
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has raised £355m in the second tranche of investment for its Offshore Wind Fund, bringing the total value to more than £818m.
Lego and Dong inaugurate giant offshore wind farm
A 78-turbine, 312MW offshore wind project part-owned by Lego and Dong energy has been officially inaugurated in Germany today (9 October).
Wind energy generates £1.25bn for UK economy, provides 30,000 jobs
Wind energy drove £1.25bn of investment into Britain's economy last year, with the industry now employing 30,500 people, according to a new report from RenewableUK.
'Matter of time' before floating wind is competitive power source
It is only 'a matter of time' before floating offshore wind farms become an important source of clean power in several countries around the world, including Scotland, the US and Japan, according to one industry expert.
UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions
Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.
Renewables outshine coal in UK energy mix
Renewables provided 25.3% of the UK's electricity in the second quarter, while coal accounted for 20.5%, according to Government figures released today (24 September).
Government rejects Navitus Bay offshore wind farm
The renewable energy industry was dealt yet another blow today (9 September) as the Conservatives have rejected proposals for a £3.5bn windfarm off the south coast of England.
Policy Exchange: Onshore wind could be as cheap as gas by 2020
Onshore wind could be cost-competitive with new gas generation by 2020 but needs continued Government support to get there, a new report from centre-right think-tank Policy Exchange has found.
Scottish green energy transition could create 44,000 new jobs
Rebuilding Scotland's energy sector around green technology could generate 44,000 additional jobs compared to the current oil-and-gas status quo.
DONG Energy acquires 3GW Hornsea Zone
DONG Energy has acquired the Hornsea Zone, an offshore wind development with the potential to develop around 3GW of capacity, and its remaining projects.
EU's five biggest energy markets add 8GW to wind and solar capacity
Europe's five biggest energy markets have added 8GW of wind and solar capacity in the first half of 2015, a new report has found.
NASA-built turbine blade to slice cost of wind energy
The world's first modular offshore wind turbine blade is being shipped to the UK from a NASA facility in New Orleans.
Renewable energy becomes second largest source of global electricity
Renewable electricity generation outpaced natural gas this month to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency.
France sets sights on first ever floating wind farm
The French Government has launched a tender asking for companies to submit plans to build the world's first floating wind farm.
Dogger Bank: Plans for 2.4GW of offshore wind capacity scrapped
The giant Dogger Bank offshore wind project - scheduled to consist of six individual wind farms - will not be fully built, it has been confirmed today (7 August).
Government green-lights giant Dogger Bank offshore wind farm
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has granted planning permission for the construction of a giant offshore windfarm off the North East coast of England.
EU sets new record for offshore wind installations in first half of 2015
European offshore wind has set a record for annual capacity installation just six months into 2015.
US begins construction of landmark offshore wind farm on Atlantic coast
The US has put steel in the water for what will be the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.
Summer Budget: 8 things green business wants to see
Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his second Budget in four months on Wednesday, and the first all-Conservative budget in nearly 20 years.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week has produced some surprising numbers, from edie readers' views on nuclear power to the Government's planned part-privatisation of the Green Investment Bank.
Scottish wind generation hits record levels in first quarter
Scottish wind power generated a record 4,452GWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2015, enough to power almost a million Scottish homes for a year, according to figures published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Amber Rudd warns of 'progressive reductions' to offshore wind subsidies
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has warned that subsidies for offshore wind will need to be "progressively reduced" in order to keep the public on board with the UK's decarbonisation goals.
UK offshore wind breezes past 5GW milestone
The UK's offshore wind capacity has passed 5GW for the first time, with the official inauguration of the Gwynt y Mor wind farm off the coast of North Wales.
Green policy costs hitting poorest households hardest
The cost of green energy and low-carbon policies are hitting low-income groups hardest, according to a new report from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR)
10 facts that will blow you away
To celebrate Global Wind Day, edie pulled together 10 fascinating facts about wind; its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth.
Major offshore wind power deal struck for East Anglia ONE
The biggest ever deal for a consented project in the UK's wind energy sector has been agreed for what will be one of the world's largest wind farms when it's built off the Suffolk coast.
One million E.ON customers analysing their energy use
More than one million UK customers have now signed up for E.ON'S web-based Saving Energy Toolkit.
Green bank kick-starts Rampion south coast wind farm
The UK Green Investment Bank has today (18 May) taken a £236m stake in in the first offshore wind farm off the south coast of England, in a joint venture with energy giant E.ON.
Fossil fuel giant sets up renewable energy division
Norway's biggest oil producer is establishing a new business encompassing renewable energy and other low-carbon energy solutions.
Rudd receives warm welcome from green groups
Amber Rudd's appointment as the UK's new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is a "hopeful sign" that the new Tory Government is committed to accelerating the nation's transition to a low-carbon economy.
UK to lose offshore wind top spot to Germany
Germany will install more than 2,000 MW of offshore wind capacity in 2015, taking the UK's crown as the global installation leader.
Big boost for offshore renewables with new environmental standards
A new guide for measuring the environmental impact of offshore renewables has been published today by Innovate UK and the BSI (British Standards Institution).
Clean energy investment drops in first quarter
Global investment in clean energy fell 5% in the first quarter of 2014, according to figures released on Tuesday by financial services firm Clean Energy Pipeline.
Scottish windfarm set to provide world's cheapest offshore wind power
A windfarm in Scotland is set to provide the cheapest electricity ever produced by an offshore wind farm by using two recently launched technologies, developer Mainstream Renewable Power said.
Onshore wind could be cheapest new electricity source by 2020
Innovation and improvements to grid connections could make onshore wind the most cost-effective new electricity source by 2020, according to the Onshore Wind Cost Reduction Taskforce.
Renewables rocket as emissions plummet in latest Government figures
UK greenhouse gas emissions fell by more than 8% in the last year, while renewables accounted for a fifth of all UK electricity, according to provisional numbers released today (26 March) by DECC.
CCS is 'only choice' to decarbonise UK industry, says Green Alliance
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the best way to decarbonise British industry, according to a new report from the influential Green Alliance think-tank.
Wind turbine maintenance costs to almost double by 2020
The global maintenance expenditure on wind turbines - vital to productivity - is expected rise from $9.25bn in 2014 to $17bn in 2020.
North Sea economy and ecology at risk without UK Government action
The UK Government must act now to prevent the degradation of economic opportunities and natural ecosystems in the North Sea, a House of Lords report warned on Tuesday.
Green light for America's first offshore wind farm
US developer Deepwater Wind has given its installer the official go-ahead to proceed with what will be the first commercial offshore wind farm in the US.
UK leads offshore wind charge
The UK will drive the expansion of the EU offshore wind market, but developers must collaborate to become price-competitive with other energy sources in the future.
Political uncertainty dampens UK's appeal for renewable energy investors
The UK is losing its appeal as a destination for investment in renewables as a continuing lack of clarity round the future of the UK's green energy mix and a policy hiatus caused by the upcoming General Election take their toll.
Record-breaking year for wind turbine manufacturers in face of future uncertainty
International wind turbine manufacturers saw a record-breaking year for global installations in 2014, but this is "disguising underlying challenges facing the industry", according global business advisory firm FTI consulting.
Government green-lights world's largest offshore wind farm
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has given the go-ahead for the giant Dogger Bank Creyke Beck offshore wind farm in the North Sea which is being hailed as one of the most significant infrastructure projects ever undertaken by the wind industry.
Triple business bonanza for UK offshore wind
The extent of the UK's booming business environment for the offshore wind industry and its supply chain have been demonstrated with three major announcements in the space of 24 hours.
DONG snaps up world's largest proposed offshore wind farm
DONG Energy has this week taken complete ownership of the 1.2GW offshore wind development Hornsea Project One.
New figures highlight public/government disconnect on renewables
New figures showing widespread public support for renewables have reignited calls for the Conservative party to reconsider their anti-onshore wind stance ahead of May's General Election.
Offshore wind: Political certainty needed to ensure market growth
Europe's offshore wind industry has united in a call for policymakers to provide long-term funding certainty, as new figures reveal the market slowed in 2014, will be even quieter this year and 'slump' in 2016.
Wind power: Global investment to hit £66bn by 2020
Global investment in wind power projects will reach $101bn (£66.6bn) by the end of 2020 as capacity is expected to rise from 364.9GW in 2014 to 650.8GW by 2020 in response to increased demand.
Report: Renewable energy now price-competitive with fossil fuels
New research has found that renewable energy systems can now compete with fossil fuels on price, thanks to falling installation costs and maturing technology.
Global clean energy investment rebounds with 16% growth
Clean energy investment bounced back strongly in 2014, totalling $310bn, the highest amount since 2011 and a year-on-year growth of 16%.
Wind power remains 'crucial' to UK energy security, Government insists
The UK Government has responded to an article in the Daily Mail which claims that producing electricity from offshore wind costs nearly twice as much as coal and gas-fired power stations.
DONG Energy to build Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm
Danish company DONG Energy has announced that it will be responsible for the construction of the Burbo Bank Extension 258MW offshore wind farm located 8km off the UK mainland.
Record renewable generation disproves Cameron's attack on onshore wind
Figures from the latest Energy Trends report by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that 18% of electricity was produced from renewable sources in the third quarter of 2014 - a 4% increase on last year.
National wind energy college unveiled to bridge sustainability skills gap
The Government has today (11 December) announced details of the National College of Wind Energy based in the Humber area.
Scotland's renewable revolution sets shining example for Lima
National governments present at the Lima climate talks are being urged to "follow Scotland's lead" on wind power as new figures reveal a surge in generation last month.
£240m boost for UK offshore wind sector
The UK's position as a world leader in offshore wind power generation has been cemented with a new £240m investment from the Green Investment Bank (GIB).
Edie explains: Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs)
The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the main support system for renewable electricity projects across the country. In this week's 'edie explains,' we bring you everything you need to know about Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs).
Political instability threatens future of wind power
Although wind capacity has risen by 15% in the past year, the wind industry says that political instability and unwanted intervention is becoming 'increasingly prohibitive' and may damage future growth.
New transmission link to connect 75 wind turbines to UK grid
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will invest £168m in a new high-voltage transmission link between an offshore Lincolnshire wind-farm and the main UK grid.
Offshore wind farm unlocks 389MW potential months ahead of schedule
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has officially opened the 389MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm which reached full power output more than two months early.
Onshore wind power cheaper than fossil fuels
Generating electricity from onshore wind is cheaper than using gas, coal and nuclear according to an Ecofys study approved by the European Commission.
Scotland approves 2.2GW new offshore wind capacity
Almost 500 wind turbines spread across four offshore wind farms have received development consent from the Scottish Government, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced today (10 October).
New offshore wind farms designed for deeper water
Work has begun on a research and development project to support the installation of offshore wind farms in areas of the UK where the water depth has previously made it infeasible.