Hornsea Project Two wind farm gets planning consent

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has granted planning permission to Hornsea Project Two, the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

The 1.8GW wind farm will be build off the Yorkshire coast and will use up to 300 turbines to supply electricity for up to 1.8 million homes.

The project is expected to create up to 1,960 construction jobs and 580 operational and maintenance posts.

> Read BEIS's announcement

Wind turbine installed at water plant

Yorkshire Water has installed a wind turbine at its Old Whittington waste water treatment works in Chesterfield.

The £1.6 million turbine will provide the equivalent of 20-45% of the site’s power requirements.

About 40% of the site’s electricity already comes from renewable sources.

> View Yorkshire Water's statement

Profits jump at renewables investor

Pre-tax profits at The Renewable Infrastructure Group (TRIG) jumped to £19.2 million in the first six months of the year from £15.1m in the opening half of last year.

The company generated 738GWh of electricity, up from 570GWh.

“The power price impact was partially offset by foreign exchange gains, reduced corporation tax rate assumptions and reductions in valuation discount rates as strong demand for renewables infrastructure continues,” the interim report said.

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Turbine manufacturer Orenda looks to invest in generation

Wind turbine maker Orenda is raising $25 million (£19m) from American investment banks to erect 100 of its own turbines throughout the UK.

The Skye 49kW wind turbines would be erected at sites throughout the UK to create a “distributed” wind farm capable of producing 4.9MW.

Gerry Lalonde, CEO at Orenda Energy Solutions, said: “We were able to modify the patent-pending control technology on our Skye turbine to reduce the power output from a 51kW turbine to 49kW.

“This minor modification allows us to position our wind turbine at the top end of the most attractive band available in the UK for the current feed-in tariff (FiT) system.”

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Khan appoints deputy mayor for energy and environment

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed Shirley Rodrigues as his deputy mayor for environment and energy.

Rodrigues is currently Acting Executive Director for Climate Change at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).

She previously worked in senior environmental policy roles from 2005 to 2009 at the London Assembly, helping to implement the London Low Emission Zone and programmes to retrofit London’s residential and commercial buildings.

> Read Khan's announcement