Alan Whitehead reinstated as shadow energy minister

Labour has reappointed Southampton MP Alan Whitehead as Shadow Energy Minister following Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as the party’s leader.

Whitehead quit in June over concerns about Corbyn’s leadership style.

He will work alongside Clive Lewis, who has been named as Shadow Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

> View the full shadow cabinet

Most of HSBC’s green bond allocated

HSBC has allocated €493 million (£444m) from its €500m green bond.

The banking giant has invested the money in smart grids, solar farms, waste projects and wind warms.

The cash for the bond was raised last autumn by HSBC France.

> Download HSBC's green bond report

Lockheed Martin in energy from waste move

CoGen and Lockheed Martin have unveiled plans to build a 15MW energy-from-waste plant in Cardiff.

Construction work on the facility is expected to begin in 2018, with power being generated in 2020.

The two companies are also exploring opportunities for further projects.

> Read CoGen's announcement

Tidal turbine ties up

The 2MW SR2000 floating turbine, the world’s most-powerful tidal turbine, has been installed by Scotrenewables Tidal Power at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

Andrew Scott, Chief Executive at Scotrenewables Tidal Power, said: “We see it as a real feather in our cap that we’ve managed to execute a construction and installation programme for a 2MW turbine using only low cost vessels.

“This will be a short installation but we’ll be seeking to further emphasise clear benefits of our approach in the operational phase where much of the standard maintenance can be carried out with simple crew transfer vessels, and validate a game-changing reduction in cost of energy for the tidal sector.”

> See EMEC's statement

London solar strategy in pipeline

Shirley Rodrigues, London’s deputy mayor for the environment, has promised to unveil a solar power strategy in the spring.

Giving evidence before the London Assembly’s environment committee, Rodrigues said her office was looking to fit solar panels to Greater London Authority and Transport for London buildings.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan included much greater use of solar power as one of his election pledges.

> Watch a video of the meeting