Floating offshore windfarm in first

The world’s first floating wind farm has started exporting electricity to the national grid.

The Hywind Scotland farm, which lies off the coast of Peterhead, also has a 1MW battery back on dry land to store some of the power generated.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who officially opened Statoil’s project, said: “Hywind will provide clean energy to over twenty thousand homes and will help us meet our ambitious climate change targets.”

> See Statoil's statement


Canadian and UK firms join forces for wind projects

Renewable energy developer Boralex, which is listed on the Canadian stock market, has signed a joint venture agreement with British firm Infinergy to build wind farms in Scotland.

The farms will have a total capacity of 325MW.

The joint venture has 10 projects in its pipeline, varying in capacity from 6MW to 80MW.

> Read Infinergy's announcement


MeyGen hits milestone

The MeyGen tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth in Scotland has seen electricity production pass 2.6GWh with over 800MWh of predictable energy dispatched to grid during September.

Atlantis Resources, the company behind the project, said the final turbine in of the project had been successfully reinstalled and has commenced its commissioning procedures. With the reinstallation of the fourth turbine, MeyGen Phase 1A will now be capable of operating at its full 6 MW capacity generating full ROC and power revenues.

> View MeyGen's update


Target latest to pledge 100% renewables

American retailer Target has become the latest company to sign up to the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions.

The company has pledged to source renewable energy for its domestic stores and cut its emissions by 25% of 2015 levels by 2025.

Target said: “We’ll get there by continuing to ramp up our use of renewable solar and wind power to offset energy used at our facilities, increasing energy efficiency of heating and lighting sources in stores, actively managing our refrigerant inventory, and exploring new programmes.”

> Find out more about SBT


£8m project to provide cheaper network access

Ofgem has awarded £8 million to ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) for a project to make it “easier and cheaper” to connect local energy projects to the network in Dumfries and Galloway.

The area has one of the highest proportions of renewable generation projects in the UK relative to local electricity demand, which can make it difficult to export power into the national grid and so SPEN will introduce a wide-scale active network management project.

Jim McOmish, Head of Distribution Network at SP Energy Networks, said: “This scheme will be ground-breaking in the UK due to its scale, complexity and the level of interaction with our customers across both our distribution and transmission networks.”

> See SPEN's statement