Scottish Government approves pumped storage hydro facility

Keith Brown, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs & Fair Work, has given the green light for the proposed Glenmuckloch pumped storage hydro-electric station in Dumfries and Galloway.

The site is currently a coal mine and when operational the hydro station will have a 400MW capacity.

> See the Scottish Government's statement

Siemens in first turbine milestone

German industrial giant Siemens has produced its first blade for an offshore wind turbine at its factory in Hull.

The blade will be fitted to a turbine in Dong Energy’s Race Bank wind farm off the Norfolk and Lincolnshire coast.

Siemens UK Chief Executive Juergen Maier said: “We are witnessing probably the best example of industrial strategy in action we have in the UK today – creating new, local, skilled jobs, sustainable growth and the latest renewable technology, benefiting the UK economy and our society.”

> See Siemens' statement

Wind turbine firm falls into administration
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Turbine maker Endurance Wind UK has fallen into administration following the collapse of its Canadian parent company.

Staff from accountancy firm Grant Thornton have been appointed as administrators at the British arm.

Canada-based Endurance blamed cuts to feed-in tariffs in the UK, where it generated 90% of its sales.

> Find out more about Endurance Wind UK

Bentley gets green light for solar project

Cheshire East Council has given vehicle maker Bentley permission to build a 3MW solar farm on top of a car port at its factory in Crewe.

The site will become the UK’s largest solar carport when it is completed and will provide shelter for 2,000 parking spaces.

Bentley has also unveiled a “development framework” for its Crewe site.

> Read Cheshire East Council's announcement

Sir Ed Davey joins energy trade body

Former Energy Secretary Sir Ed Davey has joined the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) as a vice president.

Davey is already the chairman of Mongoose Energy, a small community energy generation company.

Conservative MP James Heappey has also been appointed as a vice president.

> View ADE's announcement