Marine renewables supply chain findings publishing

Wave Energy Scotland and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) on Orkney have published a report gathering the lessons learned from the supply chain on the islands.

They hope the findings will help wave energy converter developers to take open sea trials into account at an earlier stage in their designs.

EMEC has hosted 19 companies and more than 100 projects on Orkney.

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Wind provided 8% of US power in 2016

Wind turbines accounted for 81.3GW or 8% of the United States’ electricity generation capacity last year, according to newly-released figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Five states – Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma, California, and Kansas – account for half of the capacity.

Wind was the largest renewable energy source, ahead of hydro-electricity.

> View the EIA's announcement

Smart meters cut energy consumption

Having a smart meter installed has encouraged 85% of people to change their energy usage habits, according to a new survey by Smart Energy GB, the body responsible for rolling out the meters.

Just over 60% have studied ways to use less energy, while 56% have taken steps to make their homes more energy-efficient.

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said: “These results show that smart meters are helping millions of households to get their gas and electricity under control.”

> See Smart Energy GB's statement

CDP accredits first UK renewable provider

SmartestEnergy has become the first UK electricity supplier to be accredited by CDP – formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project – as one of its renewable energy providers.

Paul Robins, Head of Partnerships at CDP, said: “It’s great to see the work being done by SmartestEnergy to support companies with tackling climate change, bringing much needed transparency and confidence to renewable electricity supply.

“We now look forward to working with them to increase the uptake of renewable electricity and carbon reporting by UK businesses.”

> See SmartestEnergy's statement

Public support for renewables remains strong

Renewable energy remains popular with the public, with the latest UK Government poll putting support at 79%, at the top end of the 75-80% since the tracker survey began.

Only 4% were against renewable and just 1% strongly against.

Seven out of ten people thought renewables brought economic benefits to the UK.

> Download the figures