Scottish Water wins top green energy award

Scottish Water’s “pioneering” efforts to cut its £45 million annual energy bill – Scotland’s largest – using renewable energy saw the utility win the Renewing Scotland award in the Scottish Green Energy Awards.

During the past two years Scottish Water has doubled the amount of renewable energy generated at treatment works. It has also installed the world’s first in-pipe hydro turbine – which controls water pressure while generating electricity – and operates 14 wind and 18 solar schemes.

The Renewing Scotland award, sponsored by SmartestEnergy, was one of 14 at the event. The UK’s largest community-owned wind farm, three-turbine Beinn Ghrideag on the Isle of Lewis, was named Best Community Project.

> Read the full list of winners

Kingfisher to invest £50m in renewables

Kingfisher, the London-listed retailer that owns the B&Q and Screwfix chains, is to invest £50 million in renewable energy projects.

The company aims to reduce its energy consumption from the national grid by 10% over the next two years.

Kingfisher will install solar panels and is also looking at air source heat pumps, combined heat-and-power boilers and new fuel cell generation.

> Read Kingfisher's announcement

Dong signs Isle of Man deal

Dong Energy has signed a deal that could lead to the erection of a wind farm in the Irish Sea off the coast of the Isle of Man.

The company has signed an agreement with the Manx government to examine a site 6-12 miles off the east coast of the island.

If the wind farm is constructed then it is likely to produce around 700MW of power.

> View Dong's announcement

Fracking decision to be made by Government

Communities Secretary Greg Clark will make the final decision over whether Cuadrilla can drill for shale gas on two sites in Lancashire.
Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council (LCC), said: “I’m extremely disappointed.

“These decisions are of great interest and importance to many people in Lancashire and ultimately this letter means those decisions will now be made by a lone politician in London.”

> See LCC's statement

Google backs six renewables projects

Search engine operator Google is investing in six renewable energy projects that together will generate 824MW.

The deals consist of three wind farms and a solar project in the United States, along with a solar project in Chile and a wind farm in Sweden.
The company aims to produce all of its power from renewable sources by 2025.

> View Google's statement