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<p>Pictured: Norfolk's Race Bank wind farm was commissioned last year and is capable of generating 573MW of renewable energy</p>

Government backing for offshore wind keeps UK's renewable energy attractiveness afloat

The UK has maintained its top-ten position in a ranking of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets for investors, largely due to the Government's recent assertation that offshore wind power will provide a third of the nation's electricity by 2030.

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In 2018, ESO provided key services that enabled numerous firsts for the UK electricity system

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Onshore wind and solar developers have been unable access subsidies since the government closed the Renewables Obligation scheme to new applicants

Doubts raised over viability of 'subsidy-free' renewables

Senior figures from the energy and finance industries have declared doubts over the feasibility of building "subsidy-free" renewables at scale without some form of revenue stabilisation.

The Race Bank windfarm was commissioned last year and is capable of generating 573MW of renewable energy

Northumbrian Water seals UK's first offshore wind PPA deal with Ørsted

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Reaching a target of more than 30% of electricity coming from offshore wind would also mean that 70% of Britain’s energy would be from renewable sources

Government throws its weight behind offshore wind power expansion

The government will throw its weight behind an expansion in the use of offshore wind power in the hope the renewable energy source will provide a third of the UK's electricity by 2030.

Redcar Wind Farm, North Sea

UK wind energy generation smashes record again

Wind energy in the UK set another record last week, with new figures revealing that more than 15GW of renewable energy was generated by wind technologies on Friday (8 February).

The lagoon’s backers also believe its prospects will be boosted by adding floating solar panels to the lagoon

Swansea tidal lagoon plan revived - without government funding

The backers of a pioneering project to harness energy from the tides off the Welsh coast have rebooted the scheme and believe they can build it without the help of government.

The survey states that the number of employees working within the LCRE economy in the UK grew from 208,300 in 2016 to 209,500 full-time equivalents in 2017

UK's low-carbon economy surpasses £44bn

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Onshore limits on turbine size could make offshore wind cheaper

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The offshore generation installed this year has provided enough power for more than 2.3 million homes all year round

Offshore wind capacity in 2018 'smashes' previous record

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National Grid said that overall on Wednesday, wind generated 32.2% of Britain’s electricity, ahead of gas which provided 23.5%

Wind generates record amount of electricity

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The publication of the draft allocation has been seen by some green groups as a missed opportunity to lower offshore costs even further

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Floating wind capacity could reach 20GW by 2050

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The organisation was set up by the government as the Green Investment Bank in 2012. It was rebranded as the Green Investment Group after being sold to Macquarie for £2.3bn in August 2017

Green Investment Group funnels £1.6bn into clean energy projects

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Report: Global offshore wind industry to 'be worth £30bn per year by 2030'

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Ørsted's Walney Extension, the world's largest wind farm, pushed the UK over the 20GW mark

UK's wind generation capacity surpasses 20GW milestone

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World's largest offshore windfarm opens off Cumbrian coast

The world's biggest offshore windfarm has officially opened in the Irish Sea, amid warnings that Brexit could increase costs for future projects.

If constructed, the 11-turbine wind farm could reduce Equinor's carbon footprint by 200,000 tonnes annually

Equinor considering offshore floating wind farm to power oil and gas platforms

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The data found that, on average, a kilowatt hour of electricity generated in 2017 produced 225 grams of C02, down from 483g in 2012

Wind power drives UK renewables to 30% share of electricity mix

Almost 30% of the UK's electricity in 2017 was generated from renewables, nearly a 5% increase on the previous year, as increased solar and wind installations continue to decarbonise the UK's energy and electricity mix.

Collectively, the offshore wind sector plans to double its generation output by 2030 to 30GW

UK Government plots course for additional offshore wind capacity

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60% of consumers revealed a preference for products with logos that display a green message

Majority of UK consumers prefer products made using renewable energy

Almost three-quarters of UK consumers would purchase products from companies powered by renewable energy rather than firms that don't, according to new research conducted on behalf of offshore wind specialists Ørsted.

The larger tidal lagoons which TLP plans to build after Swansea would cost about the same as new build nuclear plants using the same methodology, TLP’s audit concludes

Government 'distorted figures', says Tidal Lagoon Power

The developer behind plans to build a £1.3bn tidal lagoon plant in Swansea Bay has accused the government of distorting figures used to justify its decision not to back the scheme.

This increased output meant that renewables’ share of total electricity generation increased to a record quarterly high of 30.1%

Renewables hit record generation share high in UK

Renewable energy's share of electricity generation hit a new record high in the first quarter of this year despite increased demand caused by the "Beast from the East" cold snap, according to new government figures.

To provide the same level of generation through offshore wind would cost ‘at least’ £31.5bn less to build

Government says no to Swansea tidal lagoon

The government will not back plans for Swansea's pioneering tidal lagoon power plant based on figures showing that nuclear and offshore wind can generate the same amount of electricity at a third of the cost.

Some of the biggest renewable export deals struck last year by UK companies surpassed £7m each, RenewableUK found

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The move will see Shell research and develop solutions to common offshore wind barriers, including technology costs

Shell joins Carbon Trust programme to drive lower offshore wind costs

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The agreement also covers a £6m investment to install the world’s largest and most powerful grid emulation system

World's largest wind turbine to be trialled in the UK

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The UK project, originally developed by Shaw Energi, could spark a storage boon for UK energy companies

Ørsted lines up first major UK battery storage project

Energy firm Ørsted has announced its first venture into large-scale energy storage systems, after announcing plans to build and operate a 20MW battery storage project near Liverpool.

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The deal will help Northumbrian Water achieve 125,000 tonnes of CO2 savings each year – more than 600 times the weight of the Angel of the North

Northumbrian Water goes 100% renewable through green deal with Orsted

Northumbrian Water will power all 1,858 of its sites using renewable electricity for the next four years after signing a deal with Danish energy supplier Orsted.

This expansion would support the creation of 27,000 skilled jobs across the UK, mainly located in coastal areas, compared to the 11,000 it employs today

UK offshore wind sector unveils 30GW vision by 2030

The offshore wind sector has unveiled plans to double its generation output by 2030.

Falling costs, leading nations and future trends are all outlined in the report

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The average cost of electricity from onshore wind is said to have fallen by 23% in the last seven years, with projects now routinely commissioned at around four cents/kWh

All renewables to compete on cost with fossil fuels by 2020, says IRENA

A fresh report has predicted that all renewable energy technologies will compete, and even undercut, fossil fuels on price within the next two years.

Since 2012, Britain has halved its emissions in the electricity sector and now ranks as the seventh cleanest power system in the world.

UK enjoys 'greenest year ever' in 2017

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2017 green policy review: A year of progress and pleasant surprises

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The opening aligns to Scotland’s target to secure 50% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030

World's first floating wind farm opens off the Scottish coast

The world's first floating wind farm has today (18 October) started delivering electricity to the Scottish power grid, and will utilise an innovative battery storage system to provide power for around 20,000 households.

The latest CFD auction in September saw the cost of new offshore wind fall by 50% compared to 2015 and resulted in over 3GW of new generation which could power 3.6 million homes

Government makes £557m available for new renewables projects

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As well as backing the world’s largest offshore windfarm, DONG Energy has recently moved to capture the benefits of energy storage

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.

The mean average strike price for the three projects was £66.13 per MWh, well below the sector’s target to bring costs below the £100 per MWh threshold by 2020

'Historic', 'unprecedented', 'astounding': Industry reacts to falling offshore wind costs

Developers, green groups and politicians have welcomed the latest results from the UK Government's Contract for Difference (CfD) auction, which has seen the cost of offshore wind halve over the last two years to set a record low-strike price of £57.50 per MWh.

The NnG windfarm has faced considerable opposition of RSPB Scotland over the impact it would have on protected sea birds

Windfarm could boost Scottish economy by £827 million

The Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) windfarm off the Fife coast could be worth more than £800 million to the Scottish economy, according to a new report.

The 588MW development is expected to generate enough renewable wind energy to power roughly 450,000 households

Beatrice offshore project to provide social value windfall for UK communities

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The Burbo Bank offshore windfarm has been fully operational since 2007

DONG Energy turns to battery storage for Burbo Bank windfarm

Wind energy provider DONG Energy has announced plans to integrate a 2MW battery storage system into the Burbo Bank offshore windfarm to deliver frequency response to aid the National Grid in managing grid stability.

Wind energy output peaked at 9.5GW on Wednesday 7 June

Windy weather brings new renewable energy record

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A total of £691m has been invested since 2012 to deliver more than 160MW of renewable energy through various projects

Lego hits 100% renewable energy target three years early

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The project is the first time the 8MW turbines have been commercially used anywhere in the world

Mersey feat: world's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool

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Elsewhere on the index, both China and India have surpassed the US which fell to third following policy changes introduced by the Trump administration

UK re-enters top 10 for renewables attractiveness

The UK has restored its position as one of the top 10 countries for renewable energy investment, although concerns remain about the impact that Brexit will have on future investments.

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Hurd  repeated the reassurance that the government’s main objective in the privatisation process is to “ensure that any sale protects the Green Investment Bank's (GIB) green values

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.

Hull, Grimsby, Great Yarmouth and the Isle of Wight are among the UK coastal areas that are benefiting from offshore wind energy developments

Record-breaking offshore wind construction in 2016

Offshore windfarm construction in the UK hit a record level last year, according to new figures.

The programme has started in Aberdeen with the launch of a two-month energy-focused exhibition which includes turbine demonstrations, workshops and other associated activities

Vattenfall launches Scottish offshore wind education project

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has joined forces with a Scottish science centre to launch a programme aimed at educating the population about offshore wind energy.

The firm revealed late last year that it was also attempting to sell-off its oil and gas arm to raise funds for future renewables investment

DONG Energy pledges to phase-out coal by 2023

Utility company DONG Energy has today (2 February) announced an "important step" in its green transformation, with a pledge to completely phase-out coal from its heat and power generation by 2023.

Combining renewable energy technologies: untapped opportunity?

Are we missing out on an opportunity to combine technologies when it comes to power generation?

KPS claims that its kite power technology can transform the global offshore wind market due to the cheap manufacturing costs, which can reduce capex by as much as 50%

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.

The record of 10,104MW was achieved between 2pm and 2.30pm on Wednesday as wind farms delivered 23% of Britain's total electricity demand for the day

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.

IRENA suggests that offshore wind could grow more than 650% by 2030, cementing its place as a key power generation technology in years to come

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).

The intention behind the research was to identify innovations that would give offshore wind a competitive edge against cheaper forms of renewable energy in the future

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.

Wind Europe stress that the EU’s “modest” 2030 target of 27% renewables in total energy consumption must rise to 30% if the continent wishes to remain a wind industry leader

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.

The first energy has been generated with a Contracts for Difference (CfD) subsidy at the Charity Farm solar project in Shropshire

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.

The Government used today’s announcement as an opportunity to reveal that it is making £730m of financial support available for renewable electricity generation this Parliament

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.

The Crown Estate’s energy, minerals and infrastructure director has put forward a strong case for offshore wind to act as an alternative, affordable provider of clean and reliable energy

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.

Trump had plans to stop the construction rejected by Britain's Supreme Court judges last year

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.

Over the next four years the developers will collectively invest at least £6.4 million, boosted by a further £1.5 million from the Scottish Government

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.

The OWA programme has established an industry collaboration with nine UK wind farm developers to identify and commercialise a series of innovations to reduce offshore wind costs

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.


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