SSE planning new power station at Ferrybridge

Energy company SSE has revealed that it wants to build a gas-fired power station in Yorkshire.

The proposed 2GW plant would be built at its Ferrybridge site, becoming the fourth power station to occupy the land and being branded as “Ferrybridge D”.

SSE said it would draw gas from the national transmission system to fuel the turbines.

The company plans to apply for planning permission during the opening months of next year.

Long history

The three previous power stations on the site were all ...

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UK to see close ties with Euratom post Brexit

Energy Secretary Greg Clark has said that the UK will seek a “close association” with the EU’s nuclear body Euratom after Brexit.

In a written statement to Parliament, Clark said: “Through negotiations with the European Commission we will seek a close association with Euratom and to include Euratom in any implementation period negotiated as part of our wider exit discussions; and at the same time, to put in place all the necessary measures to ensure that the UK could operate as an independent...

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16/01/2018 - Sector Round Up

SmartestEnergy wins battery storage contract

SmartestEnergy is providing the commercial services for the operations of the Tynemouth lithium-ion battery storage project developed in Newcastle by multinational power utility Enel.

Under the contract, SmartestEnergy will supply energy to and handle the offtake from the 25MW battery. SmartestEnergy will also provide services to support the four-year Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) contract which the standalone battery project has secured with...

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Government sets firm date for coal phase-out

The Government has confirmed that it will effectively outlaw coal-fired power generation by late 2025.

In an update on plans first announced in 2015, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said unabated coal generation which does not have carbon capture technology fitted would be banned from 1 October 2025.

The move would be enforced through an emission limit of up to 450 grammes of CO2 for each kilowatt hour of electricity produced.

Generation from coal-fired...

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£40m partnership boost for community projects

Local communities are being given a £40 million boost to help them buy renewable energy projects.

Power to Change, an independent trust that supports community businesses in England, and social investment firm Big Society Capital are making the cash available as part of an ongoing partnership.

The collaboration aims to help communities buy up to eight solar farms during the next 12 months.

Communities groups will have up to three years to raise the cash necessary for the purchases.


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UK ranks fifth in climate change league table

Falling carbon dioxide emissions and the recently-unveiled Clean Growth Strategy have earned the UK fifth spot in a new climate change league.

Germanwatch, a sustainable development think tank, ranked the UK behind Sweden, Lithuania, Morocco and Norway.

The organisation assessed the performance of 56 countries plus the European Union collectively based on their greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency efforts, renewable energy output and the views of 300 experts.

The top three spots in...

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Sustainability champions recognised in honours

Senior figures from the UK’s green economy have been recognised with awards in the New Year’s honours List.

Tom Delay, Chief Executive at The Carbon Trust, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for “services to sustainability in business”.

Shaun Kingsbury, former Chief Executive at the Green Investment Bank, also received a CBE for “services to the UK green economy”.

Kingsbury stood down from his role following the bank’s sale to Australian investment firm Macquarie,...

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National Grid suggests capacity market cuts

Less capacity should be sought in the forthcoming Capacity Market auctions, according to National Grid.

In its newly-released Capacity Market Auction Guidelines, the system operator has recommended cutting the targets.

National Grid recommends targeting 4.9GW of capacity for the T-1 auction covering the winter of 2018-19, down by 1.1GW.

It also suggests cutting the target for the T-4 Capacity Market auction in 2021-22 by 600MW to 49.5GW.

Auctions due in coming weeks

It said the changes...

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BEIS reduces projection for emissions

The UK will produce less greenhouse gas during the periods for its fourth and fifth carbon budgets than previously estimated, according to updated official figures.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) now expects that 2,014 megatonnes of carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere between 2023 and 2027, the period covered by the fourth carbon budget.

The figure is 54 megatonnes lower than last year’s estimate.

Yet, even after the reduction, the total...

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Sector round-up 09/01/2018

Offshore wind hub seeks ideas

The Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange has launched three innovation challenges to tackle problems with composite structures.

The innovation programme – which is run by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Innovate UK – is seeking ideas for automated painting of composites, automated inspection of composites and the non-destructive testing of faults within composites.

The call for ideas closes on 16 February.

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