A new analysis from Aurora Energy Research which highlights “the new economics of offshore wind” has shown that offshore wind in the United Kingdom could reach up to 30 gigawatts by the 2030s. European energy analysis firm Aurora Energy Research published a new report this month which concluded that “The volume of offshore wind” in the UK electricity mix “could be materially increased through intelligent market design and regulation.” Aurora also analyzed two policy mechanisms that would allow for greater offshore wind energy penetration — zero subsidy Contracts for Difference contracts and allowing offshore wind to ‘revenue-stack’.
Clean Technica 22nd Jan 2018 read more »
Highland councillors have approved Global Energy’s plans to expand its Nigg Energy Park. The engineering company said its proposal could create about 300 jobs initially at the site on the Cromarty Firth. The extension would include new facilities for building and painting components for marine renewable power schemes. These include offshore wind turbines and tidal energy machines.
BBC 23rd Jan 2018 read more »
TROUBLED engineering firm BiFab, which was bailed out by a £15 million Scottish Government loan just months ago, is facing a fresh threat to its survival after being hit with a multi-million pound lawsuit. In November hundreds of BiFab workers marched on Holyrood to highlight the risk to their jobs, prompting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to return from a UN climate change conference in Germany to broker a deal that saved the firm from administration. Now, with BiFab facing the prospect of running out of work at the end of March, the company has been served with a Court of Session claim from German company EEW, one of BiFab’s co-contractors on the £2.6 billion Beatrice Offshore Windfarm.
Herald 24th Jan 2018 read more »