UK urged to set 5GW floating wind goal

The Friends of Floating Offshore Wind group has called on the UK Government to set a target of sourcing 5GW of power from floating wind farms by 2030.

In its report – entitled “The Future’s Floating” – the group of 10 companies said an intermediate step of 1GW should be set for 2025.

Chairman Chris McConville said: “The technology ticks all the boxes of the UK’s Industrial Strategy and aligns with the vision for a transformed economy.”

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Council battery storage plan gets green light

Swindon Borough Council has granted planning permission to its Public Power Solutions (PPS) subsidiary to build a 50MW energy storage facility on a former council depot at Mannington.

PPS is now trying to attract a developer to finance and build the project.

The council expects to receive land rental income from the site over the next 30 years.

> Read PPS's announcement

Gaia-Wind collapses

Turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind has called in liquidators from chartered accountancy firm Meston Reid & Co.

The Glasgow-based firm, which made small turbines, blamed the UK Government’s cuts to feed-in tariffs for causing its business to fail.

The company, which employed 12 staff, delivered its 1,000th wind turbine last year, having relocated to Scotland from Denmark in 2011.

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New chair at Scottish Renewables

Rob Forrest, Chief Executive of renewable energy developer GreenPower, has been appointed as the Chairman of trade body Scottish Renewables.

Forrest was the organisation’s first Chief Executive, serving in the role between 1999 and 2004.

He replaces Patricia Hawthorn, a Partner at law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn.

> See Scottish Renewables' statement

Local authority launches £15m renewables fund

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has launched a £15 million low-carbon loan fund to finance renewable energy projects.

Example given by the fund of potential projects include wind turbines, energy-from-waste and -landfill or biomass combined heat and power systems that use “renewable woodchips”.

John Tatham, Senior Director at GVA Investment Partnerships, which manages the fund, said: “The benefits that the fund can bring to developers and the environment are vast, as is the scope for the funding, which could include anything from district heating technology to wind farms to reduce region’s carbon footprint.”

> View GVA's announcement