RenewableUK names new chief executive

Trade body RenewableUK has chosen Hugh McNeil as its next chief executive.

McNeil is currently Director of Change at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and has previously held other senior positions within both DECC and the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills.

He will succeed Maria McCaffery in April.

> Read RenewableUK's announcement


Sainsbury’s in green gas tie-up with farm group

Somerset-based cheesemaker Wyke Farms is to supply bio-gas to supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.

Biogas currently accounts for 6% of Sainsbury’s gas usage.

Richard Clothier, Managing Director at Wyke Farms, said: “Supplying customers with gas as well as cheese, taking waste back in return, all forms part of the type of circular approach where everyone is a winner – especially the environment.”

> View Wyke Farms' statement

RWE sells Lynemouth power station

German utility firm RWE has sold its 420MW Lynemouth coal-fired power station in Northumberland to Czech company Energetický a prumyslový holding (EPH).

Lynemouth holds a contract for difference with the UK government and has been exploring options for conversion to biomass.
EPH bought Eggborough power station in 2014 but last year announced that it will close.

> Read RWE's announcement

Atlantis recruits new project director

Atlantis Resources, the company behind the MeyGen wave power project in the Pentland Firth, has appointed Cameron Smith as Director of Project Development.

Smith joins from Mainstream Renewable Power, where he was Chief Operating Officer (Offshore).

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive at Atlantis, said: “Cameron is a well-respected, high-profile industry figurehead and a quality individual.”

> See Atlantis's statement

Objection withdrawn for Lewis wind sites

National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has removed its objection to the construction of the Stornoway wind farm on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

NATS has worked with developers Amec and EDF to reduce the wind farm’s impact on the Stornoway radio station at Sandwick.

Darren Cuming, Project Director for Lewis Wind Power, said: “We are delighted that our collaborative work with NATS has resulted in a solution which enables the Stornoway radio station to continue its valuable operations without any relocation.

> See Lewis Wind Power's statement