Scottish government approves wind farm

Keith Brown, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs & Fair Work, has granted planning permission for the 75.5MW Aikengall IIa wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills in East Lothian and the Borders.

The 19-turbine development will support 100 construction jobs and will generate £9.4 million to its local communities.

Public Local Inquiry Reporters had recommended approval for the plans.

> See the Scottish Government's statement

SSE sells stake in Scotia Gas Networks for £621m

SSE has sold a 16.7% stake in Scotia Gas Networks (SGN) to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for £621 million.

SSE bought a 50% stake in SGN in 2005 for £505m.

SGN owns and operates two gas distribution networks in Scotland and the South of England.

> See SSE's statement

Competition watchdog gives verdict on wholesale energy trading deal

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has ordered InterContinental Exchange (ICE) to sell Trayport to preserve competition in wholesale energy trading.

ICE bought Trayport in December 2015.

ICE is the largest operator of exchanges and clearinghouses in the trading of wholesale European utilities, while Trayport’s software products form an integrated platform which underpins around 85% of European utilities trading.

> Read the CMA's decision

RES completes battery storage investment

Renewable energy developer RES has unveiled its first industrial-scale battery storage facility in the UK.

The unit – at a 1.5MW solar park south of Glastonbury in Somerset – was built for Western Power Distribution.

Tim French, RES’s Head of Projects for New Technologies, said: “We recognise the significant potential energy storage brings through increasing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of grid operations without the need for public or government subsidy.”

> Read RES's announcement

Strong public support for onshore wind

Support for onshore wind farms stands at 73% throughout the UK, according to a ComRes poll.

The figure rises to 80% in Scotland.

Charity 10:10, which commissioned the poll as part of its “Blown Away” campaign, said: “Interestingly, men and women seem pretty united in their support for onshore wind energy – both 73% men and women told us they support it, and there’s only a small difference when it comes to support for offshore wind and solar farms.”

> View the results of the poll