Borders wind farm knocked back

The planning committee at Scottish Borders Council has rejected Livos Energy’s plans to erect eight wind turbines at Howpark.

The committee said there are already too many turbines in the area, which lies between Greencoat’s 28MW Drone Hill and RES’s 28MW Penmanshiel developments.

The decision came despite the planning application being recommended for approval by the council’s chief planning officer.

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Tidal power academics win funding

Oceanographers at Bangor University have won two grants worth a total of £230,000 to study tidal turbulence at the Menai Strait in Wales.

The information will help tidal companies that want to deploy devices in the Menai Strait and other waterways.

Bangor will work with oceanographic instrument manufacturer Nortek and marine renewable energy survey company Partrac.

> Read Bangor's announcement

Triodos launches sustainable bank account

Dutch sustainable bank Triodos has launched its first current account in the UK.

Bevis Watts, Triodos’ UK managing director, said: “We want people to really think about what their bank is doing with their money.

“Money doesn’t have to be invested in the arms trade, fossil fuels and tobacco – it can be used to do good things that help build the society we want to live in.”

> See Triodos' statement

Scottish smart grid project moves onto next phase

Smart Fintry, a smart grid project run in Stirlingshire in Scotland, is entering its second phase after securing cash from the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund.

More than 80 households participated in the first phase of the project, with smart meters being installed to monitor their energy consumption and contracts signed with two wind turbines and an anaerobic digester, in effect creating a local energy market.

The project is run by Energy Assets, Fintry Development Trust, Good Energy, Heriot Watt University and Veitch Cooper.

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Mercedes-Benz moves into UK storage market

German car giant Mercedes-Benz is entering the British domestic energy storage market.

Last year the company opened a battery factory in German and is now expanding into overseas markets, including the United States.

Several installers and distributors have already been signed up in England.

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