SSE submits Orkney link proposals

Network operator SSE has submitted the “final needs case” to Ofgem for a connection between the Orkney islands and the Scottish mainland.

The cable is needed so Orkney can export its renewable energy to Great Britain’s grid.

Under the proposals, the first 220kV cable would be laid in October 2022.

> See SSE's statement


London mayor supports community solar

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has awarded £150,000 to 13 community energy schemes in the UK capital, which together could generate 1MW of rooftop power.

One of the projects, Power Up North London, will investigate how battery storage could be linked to solar panels to charge electric vehicles overnight.

The mayor has also launched a “bulk-buying” scheme to allow consumers and businesses to purchase solar power.

> Read the announcement


£15m green fund launched by networks operator

ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) has unveiled a £15 million green economy fund to support the decarbonisation of the heat and transport networks.

SPEN is working with the Scottish Government and energy regulator Ofgem on the project.

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “This is a very positive announcement, which aligns well with our own £60m Low Carbon Innovation Fund, designed to help deliver the ambitious low-carbon transport and heat goals set out in Scotland’s energy strategy.”

> See ScottishPower's statement


German energy giants in merger plans

German utility E.On has agreed to take control of Innogy from rival RWE under one of the biggest deals the European power sector has seen.

Under the €43bn deal E.On will focus on regulated energy networks and customer service and RWE will take on the renewables businesses of both E.On and Innogy.

In a statement SSE said it not believe that its agreement with Innogy should be affected by the EON/RWE agreement.

> Read more here


Greencoat in Northern Ireland wind deal

Greencoat UK Wind, the renewable energy investor listed on the London stock market, has bought the Brockaghboy wind farm in Northern Ireland from ERG Power Generation for £163 million.

The 47.5MW wind farm was developed by TCI Renewables and built by ERG, before being commissioned last month.

Tim Ingram, Chairman of Greencoat UK Wind, said: “2017 was a busy year for us and it is great to start 2018 with the acquisition of a 100% ownership stake in a brand new, good sized, very high load factor wind farm, from very experienced developers.”

> Read Greencoat's announcement