Renewable energy

DEFINITION: An energy source derived from natural resources which will not deplete when used. Examples of renewable energy include offshore and onshore wind, solar, geothermal power and tidal power.

See also: Solar energy

See also: Onshore wind

See also: Offshore wind

See also: Hydro power

See also: Tidal energy

See also: Air source heat pump

See also: Ground source heat pump

See also: Anaerobic digestion

See also: Combined heat and power (CHP)

See also: Distributed generation

See also: Decentralised energy

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The UK's second-biggest water company has joined the Climate Group's EV100 initiative, pledging to convert 100% of its transport fleet to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030.

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Carbon pricing, flexibility and scaling-up hydrogen: UK energy sector unveils net-zero innovation plans

The body representing the UK's electricity and gas transmission and distribution sector has set out its plans for reaching net-zero by 2050, concluding that this ambition will only be achieved if a "whole-systems" approach to transformation is adopted.

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UPS integrates AI software at Campden depot to optimise clean EV charging

Logistics delivery giant UPS will spearhead a new project exploring how Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems can optimise how businesses charge electric vehicle (EV) fleets and integrate onsite renewables to reduce emissions and energy costs.

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Renewable power purchase agreements surge more than 25% in Europe

Renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) made by corporates in Europe totalled 8GW in 2019, up from 5.5GW in 2018.

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One year on: How has the solar feed-in-tariff closure impacted renewables in the UK?

The UK's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme for small-scale renewable arrays closed on 1 April 2019, much to the disappointment of key green campaign groups and solar industry figures. But, in the 12 months that followed, how has the market responded?

Ricoh will prioritise the use of renewables to help decarbonise its operations and push towards the science-based targets

Ricoh sets 1.5C science-based target as part of zero-emissions ambition

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Hydrogen is widely regarded as a key part of the net-zero puzzle - but renewable generation technologies remain in their relative infancy on a global basis. 

BNEF: Green hydrogen could slash energy, transport and industry emissions by one-third

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Some EVSE UK members will join the REA’s EV Steering Group and many will gain access to other REA industry groups, including the Solar Forum and the Energy Storage Forum

REA and UK EVSE merge to deliver unified voice on electric vehicle infrastructure

The REA has announced that members of the UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association (UK EVSE) will join its 75-strong group of companies involved in the delivery and operations of electric vehicle (EV) chargers and services in the UK.

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UK's domestic emissions fall 3.6% as renewables take record generation share

The UK's domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions underwent a 3.6% year-on-year fall in 2019 - during which time renewable energy rose to a record 36.9% share of electricity generation.

Western Europe continues to be the most mature market, accounting for nine of the top 10 and 12 places across the respective rankings

London tops green finance rankings, for now

London has again topped a ranking list of major cities for the quality of its green finance offerings and services, but looks set to slide down the table over the coming months.

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The growth in demand for renewables across the European market outpaced growth in supply in 2019, according to statistics from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB) which hints that the pricing of renewables may need rebalancing if a surplus in production shrinks further.

The council, hosted by the REA, has called for full reassurance that UK production, imports and transportation remain open

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The number of new renewable energy projects applying for planning permission reached a four-year high in the UK last year as energy companies raced to meet the rising demand for clean electricity.

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Solar demand could fall for first time in 30 years due to Coronavirus

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O2 gives suppliers offer to purchase renewables at reduced rates

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'A national first': UK generates more electricity from renewables than gas

The UK's electricity generation from renewable sources surpassed generation from gas for the first time since records began during the third quarter of 2019, the latest Government figures have shown.

Anglian Water says it has completed nature surveys to ensure the array does not negatively impact biodiversity at the Grafham Water site

'Another step towards net-zero': Anglian Water invests in onsite solar at key site

Anglian Water has unveiled plans to install an 11.6MW solar array at one of its key operational sites, as part of its plan to become a net-zero business by 2030.

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Report: Coronavirus likely to see oil demands decline throughout 2020

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Virtual power plant trial in Yorkshire hailed a success

A two-year project in which combined solar and battery storage arrays across Yorkshire homes were used as a virtual power plant (VPP) has proven a success, both in terms of grid decarbonisation and lowering energy bills.

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The 7.3MW Creacombe community solar farm. Image: CORE

Subsidy-free community solar farm completed in Devon

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Equinor to dramatically increase wind investment under new climate strategy

Energy major Equinor has pledged to grow its renewable energy generation capacity tenfold over the next six years, in a major shake-up to its climate targets.

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The procurement in 2019 was almost triple the levels recorded two years prior 

Corporate clean energy contracts grew by 40% in 2019

Corporate purchasing of clean energy contracts reached almost 20 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, an increase of more than 40% on the previous year's record, according to new analysis from BloombergNEF (BNEF).

An artist's impression of the Gravity campus. The facility has been designed with built-in green features such as low-carbon materials, electric vehicle chargers and buildings with passive daylighting. 

UK's first 'smart' commercial hub signs 50-year clean energy innovation deal with E.ON

The developers of what purports to be the UK's first "smart" commercial campus have singed a 50-year deal with E.ON, that will see the utility giant develop, test and scale-up clean energy solutions in the west country.

The 50% reduction in waste to landfill will be underscored by Starbucks joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative

Starbucks to halve environmental impacts as part of 'resource-positive' strategy

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The report outlines how oil and gas firms could change their investment approaches in line with the Paris Agreement

IEA: Oil and gas firms investing less than 1% of funds in low-carbon transition

Of the investments collectively made by the world's largest public, private and state-owned oil and gas giants in 2018, less than 1% went towards low-carbon activities such as building renewable energy infrastructure or installing carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) technologies.

ONS employment figures show that the UK is home to more "green-collar" jobs than in 2015, but fewer than in 2014 

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Pictured: A rooftop solar array at PepsiCo's HQ in Harrison, NY. 

Visa and PepsiCo celebrate 100% renewable electricity milestones

Visa has met its target to use 100% renewable electricity across its global operations, in the same week that PepsiCo announced that 100% of the electricity used across its US operations will be renewable by the end of 2020.

The UK will be required to build 9-12GW of energy generation capacity annually to reach the net-zero target

Urgent boost to offshore wind and CCS required for UK's net-zero target, report finds

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In December 2018, AB InBev secured a deal to purchase 100% renewable electricity for its UK operations

AB InBev inks 100% renewables deal for European breweries

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'Near zero' by 2050: Equinor outlines new long-term emissions targets

Norwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has pledged to bringing the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of its onshore plants and offshore fields to "near zero" by 2050.

With a year to go, oil firm’s $2bn investment is well below its own guidance of $4bn-$6bn

Royal Dutch Shell may fail to reach green energy targets

Royal Dutch Shell is at risk of falling short on plans to invest up to $6bn (£4.6bn) in green energy projects between 2016 and the end of 2020, with its slow progress likely to raise concern that oil companies are not moving fast enough to help tackle the climate crisis.

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'Cleanest year on record': Zero-carbon electricity surpassed fossil fuel generation in 2019

During the course of 2019, 48.5% of electricity consumed in Britain was generated through zero-carbon methods such as wind, solar and nuclear - compared to 43% for fossil fuels.

Pernod Ricard's overarching sustainability strategy bears the tagline: 'Good Times from a Good Place' 

Pernod Ricard joins RE100

The world's second largest wine and spirits group, Pernod Ricard, has joined The Climate Group's RE100 with aims to scale up its climate action in the next five years.

In recent years, Tory policy has prioritised offshore wind over onshore wind and solar. Pictured: Scout Moor wind farm, Rochdale. Image: Stephen Gidley CC BY 2.0 

Time for Tories to take a wider look at renewables, Lord Howard urges

Ex- Conservative Party leader Lord Howard has suggested that the government could review its effective ban on large new onshore wind and solar projects.

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Pictured: Attendees at the IEA's two-day meeting at COP25, during which, the communique was produced. Image: IEA 

IEA strengthens clean energy commitments after investor criticism

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published its first communique in a decade, covering topics including the clean energy transition, after a meeting with world leaders at COP25 in Madrid.

CDP estimates that the average company's supply chain emissions are 5.5 times that of its direct operations. Stock image of factory in China

CDP: Corporates could save a gigaton of emissions by championing renewables in supply chains

If key suppliers to the world's largest corporations used 20% more renewable energy than they do at present, one billion metric tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions would be mitigated.

The EIB says it shares the Hydrogen Council's "common goal" to further investment in decarbonising industry, energy and transport

EIB unveils plans to boost hydrogen investment

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has partnered with a coalition of C-suite executives from the transport, heavy industry and energy sectors in a bid to accelerate financing for hydrogen solutions.

Heating and hot water account for around 15% of the UK's overall carbon footprint

Lord Deben chides politicians for failing to act on decarbonisation of heat

The major Westminster parties are showing insufficient urgency about efforts to decarbonise heat, the chair of the government's climate change watchdog has warned.

It is the first of a pilot programme that will aim to add up to 6MWp of solar technology across four army sites in the UK over the next year

Plans submitted for subsidy-free solar farm at Gloucester army barracks

Plans have been submitted by a subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council to build a subsidy-free solar farm at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks in Gloucestershire that would generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 350 homes for the year.

Pictured: A Portugese offshore wind project jointly financed by Repsol, the EIB and EDP Renewables

Repsol targets net-zero by 2050

Spanish oil and gas giant Repsol has committed to becoming a net-zero emission business by 2050, across its own operations and its indirect impacts.

The RE100 now has 216 members, after membership grew by one-third between November 2018 and November 2019 

Huge surge in number of companies targeting 100% renewables by 2030

The Climate Group has received more than double the number of corporate signatories first expected to its RE100 scheme, with the average target date for 100% renewables now standing at 2028.

Pictured: Turbines on Scotland's Black Law wind farm. Image: James Allan/Geograph Project, CC BY 2.0 

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(L-R): Amelia Womack, Alan Simpson, Leslie Hook, Kwasi Kwarteng, Lord Fox and BT's head of environmental sustainability Gabrielle Giner

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Ikea to invest £171m in nature and clean power under 'climate positive' pledge

Ikea has today (27 November) unveiled a new €200m (£171m) investment package aimed at helping the retailer deliver on its commitment to become 'climate-positive' by 2030.

The new targets came into effect late last week. Image: BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas vows to end coal financing by 2040

Corporate bank BNP Paribas has pledged to stop all funding for thermal coal globally by 2040, with an interim target of 2030 for EU Member States.

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European coal power output sees 'unprecedented' decline

Electricity production from coal is on track to fall by around 3% globally in 2019 - the largest drop on record - with Western European countries leading the charge, according to fresh data published today (25 November).

The reforms have faced strong opposition from distributed generators and trade bodies

Ofgem's proposed reforms 'undermine' low-carbon power transition, renewables sector warns

Key figures from across the UK's renewable energy sector have criticised regulator Ofgem's proposals for reforming payment processes, slamming them as "damaging" to the business case for renewable generation and flexible assets.

The manifesto commits to building 7,000 new offshore wind turbines, 2,000 onshore wind turbines and enough solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches

Green Industrial Revolutions and Climate Emergency Bills: What's in Labour's manifesto?

The Labour party has today (21 November) launched its election manifesto, outlining how a Green New Deal, Green Industrial Revolution and a Climate Emergency Bill will put the UK on the cusp of a net-zero economy and drive economic growth through a green transition.

Pictured: The world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, Walney Extension (659MW). Image: Orsted

Investment in UK renewables 'picking up pace' despite Brexit concerns

The UK has risen up the top 10 in a ranking of the world's most attractive national markets for renewable energy investment, with offshore wind progress outweighing concerns over the potential impacts of Brexit.

Pictured: Target's store in Napa Valley, California. Image: Target

Target meets 2020 goal to install 500 rooftop solar arrays ahead of schedule

US-based retail giant Target has met its 2020 goal of installing rooftop solar at 500 locations ahead of schedule, as it strives to source 100% renewable electricity across its global operations by 2030.

Published last week, the WEO predicts further growth of coal in China, among other nations. Image: Kleineolive/ CC-BY-3.0 

Dozens of investors slam IEA over fossil fuels and renewables projections

Allianz, Zurich Insurance Group and Orsted's pension fund are among 65 finance bodies to have written to the International Energy Agency (IEA), urging to body to hep global energy firms align with the Paris Agreement.

The new policy will cut €2bn (£1.7bn) of yearly investments to fossil fuel projects

European Investment Bank to end financial support for fossil fuels by 2021

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has unveiled a new energy lending policy that will stop all financing for fossil fuel projects at the end of 2021 and unlock €1trn in sustainable development over the next decade.

The IEA cited the growth of coal in nations such as China as a key concern. Image: Kleineolive/ CC-BY-3.0 

Strengthen climate policies now or risk catastrophe, warns energy agency

The world's existing climate policies will not be enough to end the upward march of record energy emissions rising beyond 2040 without a "grand coalition" of governments and investors, according to the global energy watchdog.

Despite Britain's poor ranking at present, the REA believes the correct policy support could help the nation "bounce back". 

REA: Policy gaps mean Britain is failing to finance 'crucial' shift to flexible power system

Britain is failing to attract and facilitate investment in the transition to a flexible electricity system - a transition described as "crucial" to the delivery of the UK's 2050 net-zero target.

The auctions can run from months ahead all the way to intraday transactions

Homes and businesses deliver flexible green energy to Cornwall's Local Energy Market

A fully automated Local Energy Market (LEM) in Cornwall has, for the first time, seen the local Distribution System Operator (DSO) and the National Grid ESO procure flexible green energy from businesses and households simultaneously.

Apple’s green bond offerings now total £3.7bn ($4.5bn)

Apple almost doubles green bond offers after £1.7bn fund launch

Apple has issued a new £1.7bn ($2.2bn) green bond offering, nearly doubling its total green bond issuance to almost £3.9bn ($5bn).

 The statement sets out several ‘vital signs’ - indicators of magnitude of the climate emergency

Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of 'untold suffering'

Humanity faces "untold suffering due to the climate crisis" unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.

REA's Nina Skorupska: Business holds 'untapped potential' to achieve net-zero

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The CBI represents more than 19,000 companies. Pictured: Director-general Carolyn Fairbairn

CBI: Stronger energy, transport and heat policies needed to make 2020s 'a decade of climate action'

The CBI's director-general Carolyn Fairbairn has made a rousing call to action ahead of December's general election, urging the next Government to kick-start a "decade of climate action".

Growing energy demands were largely met using fossil fuels, the report states. Pictured: The WilPhoenix offshore oil rig in Scotland. Image: Joe deSousa

Capgemini: Meeting global climate goals 'looks unrealistic' as energy consumption grows

Global energy demand rose by 2.3% year-on-year in 2018 - a trajectory which, if sustained, will leave the world unable to meet international and national climate goals including the Paris Agreement.

Pictured: A floating solar array on Thames Water's Queen Elizabeth II reservoir in Walton on Thames. Image: Thames Water

Thames Water switches to 100% renewable electricity in bid to meet net-zero by 2030

Thames Water has revealed that it is now using 100% renewable electricity across its operations, in a mix which is partly self-generated and partly sourced through power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Pictured: The world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, Walney Extension

IEA: Offshore windfarms 'can provide more electricity than the world needs'

A sailing boat passes the Kentish Flats offshore windfarm. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PAErecting wind turbines on the world's best offshore sites could provide more than enough clean energy to meet global electricity demand, according to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Lidl is already operating rapid EV chargers at 20 of its Irish stores (pictured). Image: Lidl Ireland

Supermarket sweep: Tesco inks onsite solar deal as Lidl eyes rapid EV charging points

On the same day that Lidl has pledged to install rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers at all new stores, Tesco has unveiled plans for a UK-wide renewable energy programme.

The report calls on Ofgem and Government to do more to bring about support for flexible energy technologies such as battery storage

REA: Ofgem failing to realise crucial role of flexibility in reaching net-zero

With the UK's energy system becoming increasingly "democratised" and businesses and individuals generating and selling, as well as buying, energy, regulator Ofgem is not taking sufficient measures to bring about a flexible energy future.

Germany's national Government has pledged to phase out coal generation, which currently provides 40% of the national energy mix, by 2038.

Study: EU coal power plants incurred €6.6 billion losses in 2019

Increasing environmental regulations and fierce competition from renewable energies are increasingly making coal-fired power operate at a loss. According to a British think tank, coal-fired power plants are losing billions of euros every year, but energy companies say this is nonsense.

Combined, the projects will total 265MW in capacity

Amazon launches three major renewables projects

Amazon has announced three major renewable energy deals, including the largest corporate wind power purchase agreement in Europe, as it pushes towards a goal to source 100% renewable energy across its global operations by 2030.

The association says there is a ‘huge untapped potential’ for capturing and using methane

Government urged to boost support for anaerobic digestion

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has been urged to provide stop gap funding to support the rollout of biomethane plants when the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme expires in 2021.

Blockade of a fracking waste dump in Neuquen province, Argentina. Image: Mapuche Confederation of Neuquen

UK to use finance meant for green energy to support fracking in Argentina

The UK is planning to invest in Argentina's controversial oil shale industry using a £1bn export finance deal intended to support green energy, according to government documents seen by the Guardian.

Pictured: BHP's Escondida mining operations in Chile

BHP to switch from coal to renewables at two major mines

Mining and metals giant BHP has unveiled plans to switch to 100% renewable power at two of its largest copper facilities, as it strives to develop science-based emissions targets.

Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA, its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024

Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years - report

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.

Empire Birmingham Great Park cinema (pictured) will play host to the first of the arrays. Image: Elliott Brown/ CCNBY-SA 2.0

Empire invests in onsite solar for UK cinemas

Empire Cinemas has signed a deal to install onsite solar arrays at up to 14 of its UK sites.

The move from Google builds on its initial sustainability commitments on hardware, which were made earlier this year. Image: Alphabet

Google unveils $150m investment to power manufacturing with renewables

Google has committed to invest $150m (£118m) in helping its key manufacturers to source renewable power, and to help the regions in which they operate decarbonise their electricity grids.

Darroch was speaking at a WWF Where the World Turns event to discuss the role of business in combatting climate change

'We're up for it': Sky exploring its role in net-zero future

Sky's chief executive Jeremy Darroch has claimed that the company is "figuring out" how it can help push the UK to net-zero emissions before the 2050 deadline.