IT was trumpeted as a green jobs revolution. But critics have since lashed out at the “broken promises” at the heart of Scotland’s booming renewables sector – insisting thousands of jobs are being lost. Now fresh concerns have been raised over the £2 billion Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) wind farm project just ten miles off the Fife coast. Labour argue Scotland has been left “scrabbling around” while Italian firm Saipem – the main contractors – appear set to farm out the majority of manufacturing jobs to Indonesia. And the party has asked why no assurances were sought from the developer during a two-year period when the Scottish Government was involved in court battles with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) over the project. It comes amid ongoing concern over the future of the BiFab fabrication yards in Methil and Burntisland, which are currently mothballed. Unions had hoped the NnG project – which was the subject of a lengthy court battle with the RSPB amid fears it threatened sea birds – would create hundreds of green energy jobs in Fife. French firm EDF, which bought over the NnG project last year, is reportedly set to make £130 million a year from the wind farm, which will provide power for up to 375,000 homes. Gary Smith, secretary of GMB Scotland, said: “Billions of pounds of bill payers’ money are ploughed into the renewables industry each year but the jobs return for Scotland and the rest of the UK has been pathetic – it is a national scandal and the result of political failure.”
Herald 19th July 2019 read more »
Swedish wind developer Vattenfall has said it is looking to further expand in Scotland as it celebrated a sizable half-year profit growth.
Energy Voice 20th July 2019 read more »
New York State will soon be getting enough offshore wind capacity to power one million homes, after State Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday awarded two major offshore wind contracts. The winning bidders to develop the sites off Long Island were Norwegian energy firm Equinor and Sunrise Wind, a joint venture between Orsted and Eversource. Together the two schemes will add 1,700MW of green energy capacity to New York State’s grid. The contracts are also expected to kickstart the growth of the offshore wind industry in the US, which has so far lagged behind European markets.
Business Green 19th July 2019 read more »
Dogger Bank, a windy and shallow stretch of sea 125 kilometers (km) off the East Yorkshire coast isn’t an awful lot to look at, unless you’re an energy firm looking for the perfect place to drop a huge new wind farm. The desolate stretch of the North Sea is being eyed-up for a giant new power hub consisting of three artificial islands that would transfer electricity to the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway. It’s not the first project to propose far-offshore wind turbines. Hornsea One, located 89km off the Yorkshire Coast, has 100 of its 174 turbines spinning and will be the largest in the world once it is fully operational in 2022 – supplying electricity to well over a million households in the UK. The Danish developer Ørsted has already constructed five wind farms along the eastern coast of the UK with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts (GW), situated between seven to 27km out at sea.
Wired 20th July 2019 read more »