InfraRed buys Scottish wind farm

InfraRed Capital Partners’ Infrastructure Fund III has bought the 50MW Afron wind farm project in East Ayrshire from E.ON for £78 million.
The 25-turbine site has planning permission and is ready for construction.

Bryn Jones, Managing Partner of Infrastructure Investments at InfraRed, said: “This investment opportunity arose at short notice and our experience in converting late stage development onshore wind farms and managing construction has allowed us to successfully complete the transaction within a matter of weeks with support from E.ON.”

> Read InfraRed's announcement

First new gas plant in 3 years starts generating

Carrington Power Station, the first large-scale gas-fired plant to be built in the UK since 2013, has begun generating electricity.
The 880MW plant in Manchester is owned by Irish firm ESB.

ESB said: “As well as providing 880MW of reliable baseload electricity, Carrington Power Station will be one of the most flexible plants providing fast back-up to intermittent wind and solar generation when it is needed most.”

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Tesla batteries launched in UK

Camborne Capital is installing the first Tesla batteries into the UK’s grid.

The batteries are being installed at a solar farm in Somerset. Together, the solar panels and batteries can supply power for 500 homes.

Dan Taylor, Managing Director of Camborne, said:  “The development of Tesla’s first European grid-tied system is an exciting step forward for Camborne and Tesla in terms of our respective storage strategies. This project is another success for storage development in the UK and being co-located with a renewable generation site, should offer significant benefits to all stakeholders.”

> See Camborne's statement

Power station emissions too high rules court

Aberthaw coal-fired power station in South Wales failed to limit its emissions of nitrogen oxides, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled.

Owner RWE said it was disappointed with the decision.

The UK Government had given Aberthaw permission to emit more nitrogen oxides because Welsh coal requires higher temperatures to burn, but the European Commission challenged that decision in court.

> Find out more about Aberthaw

Energy crime initiative launched

Crimestoppers has launched a campaign to crackdown on energy crime.

Energy regulator Ofgem believes there are 150,000 instances of energy theft each year, costing the UK some £440 million.
Mark Hallas, Chief Executive at Crimestoppers, said: “Explosions and fires as a result of energy theft can be devastating, which is why we are running this service on behalf of the industry, to ensure our streets are safe.”

> Read Crimestoppers' statement