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Renewables – floating turbines

Nicola Sturgeon will formally open the world’s first floating wind farm later. Five giant turbines have been installed about 15 miles from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. The floating approach allows turbines to be installed in much deeper waters than conventional offshore wind farms. The first minister said the project, which will generate enough electricity for about 20,000 homes, was testament to Scotland’s “international reputation” for renewable energy. World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland. The 172-metre turbines are almost four times the height of the Forth Bridge. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has been working on developing the project, known as Hywind, for more than 15 years.

BBC 18th Oct 2017 read more »

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Posted: 18 October 2017

Renewables – onshore wind

A Canadian renewables firm has teamed up with UK based Infinergy to develop £6.6million worth of onshore wind projects across Scotland. The pair have a pipeline of 10 wind projects lined up varying from 6 to 80MW. Patrick Lemaire, president and chief executive officer of Boralex, said that the Scottish Government’s stance renewables had provided the backdrop to the deal. He said: “With Scotland’s strong political will to support the growth of all its renewable energy sources, we are excited to start working with our new partners Infinergy.

Energy Voice 18th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2017

Fuel Poverty

The number of deaths in Scotland last winter has prompted calls from politicians and campaigners for more to be done to tackle fuel poverty. There were 20,930 deaths registered in the period December 2016 to March 2017, the latest figures showed, up from 20,509 the previous year. However, the official seasonal increase is calculated by comparing the number of fatalities over the four winter months with the average of the four-month periods before and after. This was estimated at 2,720 for 2016-17, a drop of 130 from the previous year, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS). This seasonal increase exceeded the level in five of the ten previous winters. Winter deaths reached a 15-year high in 2014-15 when 22,013 were recorded with a seasonal difference of 4,060. Keith Robson, of Age Scotland, said: “Cold weather can have a serious, and indeed deadly, impact on people who have existing health conditions such as heart disease, respiratory problems or dementia. “We want an ambitious energy-efficiency programme to transform Scotland’s housing and ensure older people can live in warm, comfortable homes. We also need to tackle scandalously high energy bills and the rising number of pensioners living in poverty.”

Times 18th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2017

Climate

Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday. Natural climate solutions, also including protection of carbon-storing peatlands and better management of soils and grasslands, could account for 37% of all actions needed by 2030 under the 195-nation Paris plan, it said. Combined, the suggested “regreening of the planet” would be equivalent to halting all burning of oil worldwide, it said.

Guardian 17th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2017

Electric Vehicles

Royal Dutch Shell has opened its first charging points for electric vehicles at UK filling stations in a further sign of the Anglo-Dutch group’s diversification beyond fossil fuels. Drivers will be able to recharge EVs at 10 locations, mostly in London and south-east England, by the end of the year. The launch on Wednesday follows Shell’s acquisition last week of NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest EV charging companies with 30,000 private home charging points and 50,000 public sites.

FT 17th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 October 2017

Hinkley

Contractors at Hinkley Point will have to replace 150 cubic metres of concrete poured on the site as part of work to form tunnels to contain pipes and cables. Problems have been identified in sections of the concrete base slabs constructed above the galleries sections of tunnels which will contain site infrastructure. The Enquirer understands that the problem concrete is local to a small stretch of the 8km network of galleries tunneling. Only 150 cubic metres of material are affected from the first 60,000 cubic metres poured on the site so far. Nothing has been built on the slab and it does not form part of the foundations for the main nuclear power plant building where work is not due to get underway for 18 months. A joint venture of Kier and Bam Nuttall is main contractor on the site earthworks package.

Construction Enquirer 16th Oct 2017 read more »

Hinkley Point C has been hit by another setback after it emerged that parts of a tunnel network will have to be demolished due to issues with the concrete foundations.

Construction News 16th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 17 October 2017

Sellafield

Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site have launched the first of two 12-hour strikes in a dispute over pay and conditions. Members of the GMB union walked out at 6am, with a similar stoppage planned for Thursday. The union accused Sellafield management of failing to keep promises made in July to settle the dispute.

Energy Voice 17th Oct 2017 read more »

ITV 17th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 17 October 2017

Brexit

The UK’s Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) said Monday only 10% of the UK’s general public agree with the government’s decision to leave the Euratom atomic energy treaty at the same time it leaves the European Union (EU).

Kallanish Energy 17th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 17 October 2017

Energy Policy – Scotland

Alastair Martin chief strategy officer of Flexitricity: Shaping a sustainable, fair and competitive energy market for the future is a major challenge for both Scottish and UK Governments. Technology outpaces policy; our needs and capabilities are changing as fast as in the era of electrification. Yet the ghost of fuel poverty stubbornly refuses to be slain. Community energy changes the game. We’ve already seen how this can work – Aberdeen, Gateshead and Nottingham all have publicly-owned community energy schemes based around heat networks. Community schemes can find synergy between different energy uses and generation capabilities. One site’s cooling problem is another’s heating opportunity. A solar farm might be held back by network constraints just when it’s sunniest, but not if there’s a local vehicle charging station ready to soak up the excess. Community energy doesn’t just diversify the energy mix; it can actually make money for the consumer. Better yet, community energy means community engagement. Creating a challenger supplier is a lot cheaper than nationalisation, and it’s more likely to have the desired effect of forcing established suppliers to improve their game. But by supporting community energy, SturgeonPower could transform the dynamics of the Scottish energy system. Communities are diverse. Some are ideal for heat networks; some are located close to renewable resources. Some have energy-hungry industry nearby, while others are centres of commerce. We’d like to see the new business supporting a decentralised network of community energy assets of all types, underpinned by full use of smart grid technology to ensure these assets are used to maximum efficiency. It’d be big, bold and unprecedented – but the time for timidity is over. Energy is transforming anyway. By getting into the heart of that change and directing it towards communities, the First Minister can achieve her goal of protecting vulnerable people, and at the same time make energy work for everyone.

Energy Voice 16th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 17 October 2017

Chernobyl

Fears are growing in Sweden over packs of radioactive wild boar moving north across the country. One animal shot by hunters was found to have more than 10 times the safe level of radiation. The high radiation levels — which come 31 years after the Chernobyl disaster sent a cloud of radioactive dust over Sweden — have left hunters afraid to kill and eat the animals. Ulf Frykman, who works for the environmental consultancy Calluna, this week issued an alert to local hunters in the country of Gävle, about 100 miles north of Stockholm, warning them of “extremely high” radiation levels among local boar.

Telegraph 6th October 2017 read more »

Posted: 17 October 2017