Scottish wind project underway after power purchase deal signed

Construction has begun on one of only a handful of onshore wind energy projects to have secured support through the UK Government’s Contract for Difference subsidy scheme for renewable energy generation.

Work on the Achlachan project in the far north of Scotland started after developer Whirlwind Renewables signed a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with SmartestEnergy.

The 10MW, five turbine project - 17 miles from John O’Groats - is scheduled to be commissioned in early January 2019.

Once construction is completed at the site at Watten in Caithness, the Senvion MM92 turbines will provide enough power for more than 8,500 homes.

SmartestEnergy was awarded the contract for the FiT CfD PPA following a competitive tender.

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Vattenfall plans major solar investment

Vattenfall plans to invest €100 million in large-scale solar energy generation over the next two years.

Magnus Hall, Vattenfall's President and CEO, said solar power is an important supplement to wind power as a renewable source of energy.

“We are now increasing the investment budget for solar power to satisfy our customers’ increased interest and demand. From electricity consumers, who can obtain electricity from our future solar farms, but also from potential customers, who want to both consume and generate electricity from solar power.”

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Financial close for gas turbine project

Power company InterGen has raised the £100 million it needs from Nord and Santander to complete its Spalding energy expansion project in Lincolnshire.

The firm will install a 300MW Siemens open cycle gas turbine next to the existing Spalding power station and will supply power to the grid under a 15-year contract it won in December 2016.

InterGen also wants to install a 45MW combined-cycle gas turbine on the site.

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New head for Committee on Climate Change

Chris Stark has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the body that advises the UK’s central and devolved governments.

He replaces Matthew Bell, who resigned last year.

Stark joins from the Scottish Government where he was Director of Energy and Climate Change.

> View the CCC's announcement


Gas injection project launched

The HyDeploy project to inject hydrogen into the UK’s mains gas network has been launched.

The programme will begin with a one-year trial using Keele University’s gas network, which is due to get underway next year.

Ultimately, the project wants 20% of the gas carried by the mains network to be hydrogen.

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