World's largest wind turbine to be trialled in the UK
The world's largest wind turbine is to be trialled in the UK after GE Renewable Energy signed a five-year research and development deal with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.
Ørsted chief calls for 'high pace' climate and SDG action
Danish energy giant Ørsted's chief executive has highlighted the severe threats of climate change and the unique opportunities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the company's latest sustainability report, which outlined the company's transition away from fossil fuels.
UK green energy investment halves after policy changes
Investment in clean energy plunged further in Britain than in any other country last year because of government policy changes, new figures show.
New initiative to prove marine energy's potential
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and RenewableUK have launched a new project to show how wave and tidal technologies can meet new technology tests.
KPMG: Three quarters of businesses not acknowledging climate-related risks
Despite investors ramping up the pressure on the corporate disclosure of climate-related risks, nearly three quarters of large and mid-cap companies don't acknowledge the financial risks of climate change in their annual financial reports.
DONG's name switch highlights renewable energy transition
DONG Energy is acknowledging the ongoing decarbonisation shift in the energy sector by calling on shareholders to approve a change of company name to Ørsted.
ABB to deliver battery storage system for Burbo Bank windfarm
Industrial automation specialist ABB will provide a 2MW battery storage system to support the use of renewable energy at the 90MW Burbo Bank offshore windfarm near Liverpool, in the first deal of its kind in the UK.
'Unstoppable' renewables to reach new heights as costs tumble, report finds
Renewable energy sources will account for around three quarters of the expected $10trn global investment into power generating technologies between now and 2040, a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has claimed.
In practice: Costa's new low-carbon coffee roastery
What makes Costa Coffee’s new £38m roastery in Basildon "one of the most sustainable buildings in the world"? This free case study provides an overview of all the low-carbon and resource-efficient features of the retailer's flagship sustainability project.
Minister responds to fears over GIB restructuring
Business and energy minister Nick Hurd has written to the head of the Environmental Audit Committee to respond to concerns over the restructuring of the Green Investment Bank ahead of its sale.
Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016
Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe's electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent's rapid shift away from fossil fuels.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye speech: 'Airport expansion a model for sustainable growth'
Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye took to the stage at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week to announce that all of the Airport's energy usage will be generated from renewable sources within the next few months, ahead of its controversial expansion. Here's a full transcript of his speech.
Renewables investment in UK will fall 95% over next three years - study
Investment in windfarms will fall off a "cliff edge" over the next three years and put the UK's greenhouse gas reduction targets at risk, according to a new analysis.
Energy giants throw financial weight behind Britain's kite energy aspirations
Three major energy firms, including E.ON and Shell, have secured a £5m investment into an innovative British company that aims to deploy the country's first high-altitude wind facility.
Christmas bonus for clean energy as wind power breaks 10,000MW record
A new record output for UK wind farms was reached yesterday (7 December), with more than 10,000MW of electricity generated by wind turbines for the first time.
New business models required to move away from resource inefficiency, says Carbon Trust chief
Businesses must capitalise on the positive momentum of the ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change by introducing new business models that place low-carbon energy and resource efficiency at the heart of operations.
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.
RSPB calls on UK Government to commit to offshore renewable energy projects
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has called on the UK Government to renew its commitment to supporting renewables, with an emphasis on "deep water" energy, on the same day that a consultation on renewable energy support closes.
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.
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.
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.
RWE to expand into large-scale solar
German energy firm RWE, one of the world's largest operators of offshore wind farms, has announced plans to expand into new markets, including large-scale solar PV.
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.
Donald Trump loses legal case to block Scottish windfarm
US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has had plans to stop the construction of a wind farm near his golf resort in Aberdeen rejected by Britain's Supreme Court judges, an outcome that the Trump Organisation has branded as "small-minded and parochial".
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.
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.
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.
DECC: UK is still attractive place to invest in energy
The UK energy market is still an attractive and stable market to invest in, according to Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom.
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.
Green Investment Bank steps closer to privatisation
Business Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed plans to remove ministerial powers over the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in a major step forward towards the bank's controversial privatisation.
National Grid: Interconnectors vital to UK energy stability
Interconnectors will play an increasingly important role for the National Grid as it strives to 'keep the lights on' this winter, according to the company's new Winter Outlook report.
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.
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.
Shell pulls plug on arctic drilling in "unmitigated defeat" for big oil
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has ceased its Arctic oil and gas operations off the coast of Alaska, citing disappointing test results and a "challenging" regulatory environment.
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).
Report: Britain can get 85% of energy from renewables by 2030
Britain could get 85% of its energy - not just electricity - from renewables by 2030, a new Greenpeace-sponsored report has found.
Scientists recreate Scotland's' seas to test wave energy technology
A ground-breaking wave pool at the University of Edinburgh claims to be the first ever testing-facility to recreate both the wave and tidal movement of Scotland's seas.
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.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
As we edge closer to the climate conference in Paris, this week saw a clash of horns over the energy we use. But that hasn't stopped some truly innovative green developments popping up across the globe, from Delhi to... Barnsley.
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.
Shell given final go-ahead for Arctic oil drilling
Shell has received final permission from the US Government to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012.
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.
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.
British and Canadian firms join forces for tidal energy research
Five British firms have received grant funding from Innovate UK to develop tidal energy with Canadian businesses and universities.
Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand
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.
UK renewables reach record heights in first quarter
Renewable sources provided a record 22.3% of the UK's electricity in the first quarter of 2015, thanks to a boom in biomass production and large-scale solar installations.
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.
Green Investment Bank makes landmark investment in heat recovery project
The UK Government's Green Investment Bank (GIB) has made its 50th investment in green infrastructure projects today (24 June), three years after its launch.
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.
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.
Marine renewables roadmap launched for Cornwall
The commercialisation of marine energy generation in the UK has been made clearer with the development of a 'renewables roadmap' for the Cornish peninsula region.