'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.
VIDEO: 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.
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.
New online tool to boost innovation in the wind sector
A free online tool has been launched to allow the wind industry to predict how technology upgrades could affect the cost of the electricity they can produce.
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.
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.
Green energy jobs grow 7 times faster than national average
Employment in renewable energy increased by 9% across all sectors last year, with biomass heating emerging as the best-performing sector in terms of recruitment.
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.
Offshore renewables: Political uncertainty jeopardises UK's global lead
The UK offshore renewable sector is at risk of losing its leading global position due to a lack of funding and Government policy, a new survey of industry experts has revealed.
GIB launches world's first offshore-wind fund
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has raised £463m to start the world's first offshore-wind fund.
Human heartbeat could shake-up wave power generation
A new technology inspired by the human body may have the ability to revolutionise the wave power sector, according to test results revealed on Friday.
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.
Contracts for Difference: Solar struggles, onshore wind surges ahead
Onshore wind projects are the big winners from the Government's first Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, receiving more than half of the contracts.
Scottish wave power gets funding bump
Wave energy in Scotland will be boosted by £14.3m in funding over the next 13 months, thanks to new funding from the Scottish Government
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.
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.
UK wind power breaks all records in January
Wind energy broke new records for monthly, weekly and half-hourly electricity generation in January, providing enough energy to power almost nine million UK homes.
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 'more resilient than fossil fuels'
Increasing wind power generation would make the UK's future energy supply more resilient to the fluctuating price of fossil fuels and cut costly importation, making energy prices more predictable.
Carbon Trust continues marine energy investment drive with yield optimisation partnership
The Carbon Trust is working with consultancy firm Frazer-Nash to gain a better understanding of energy yield and uncertainty assessment across the wave and tidal energy industries in a bid to drive investment.
The next five years: AD and food waste policy
Food waste policy will shape the future of the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry because 60% of the industry's potential comes from food waste, argues ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton. Here, she unpicks this issue.
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.
£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).
Cost reduction potential of large-scale solar PV
The STA analysis shows that the cost reduction of large-scale solar will occur more rapidly than DECC’s costs have shown: a 33% drop in costs to 2020, with a further 11% reduction in the period 2020–2030. While individual technology cost is not the only consideration in developing efficient low-carbon electricity systems, this reduction would indicate that solar PV is cheaper than gas (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine or CCGT) by 2018, five years earlier than DECC suggest. It also implies that solar PV becomes cheaper than the wholesale electricity price between 2025 and 2028 – grid parity.
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).
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).
Scottish Enterprise invests in marine energy research
Investment agency Scottish Enterprise will contribute £450,000 towards the first joint call of the Ocean Energy European Research Area Network (ERA-NET), Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will announce today.
UK dominates offshore wind market, further growth expected
The UK is leading the way when it comes to offshore wind power, with a 52% share of the international market last year, according to new figures.
Wind power breezes past nuclear and coal in record-breaking August
The British summer may be over but it has ended on a high for the renewables sector, with new records set and wind generation levels exceeding both nuclear and coal.