UK’s first ‘energy positive’ office opens

Wales Secretary Alun Cairns has officially opened the UK’s first “energy positive” office, which can generate, store and release solar energy in one integrated system.

The Active Office building was designed by SPECIFIC, a UK Innovation & Knowledge Centre led by Swansea University.

The site next door to the first Active Classroom and the two buildings will be able to share energy with each other and with electric vehicles.

> Read the UK Government's announcement


Smart meter project awards £8.8m to help SMEs

Ten projects have won a share of £8.8 million from the UK Government to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to save energy and money using their smart meters.

The grants have gone to projects that will help SMEs in the hospitality and retail sectors, such as cafes, restaurants and shops.

Samsung and Toshiba are among the companies that have won funding.

> View the UK Government's announcement


Ofgem selects preferred OFTO bidder for Race

Diamond Transmission Partners – a consortium comprising Mitsubishi Corporation and HICL Infrastructure – has been named by Ofgem as the preferred bidder to own and operate the high-voltage transmission link to the Race Bank offshore wind farm.

Race Bank consists of 91 turbines off the coast of Norfolk and has a capacity of 573MW.

> See Ofgem's statement


Scotland unveils £2m funding for offshore innovation

The Scottish Government has awarded grants worth nearly £2 million to three offshore wind projects.

The funding is aimed at projects that will “reduce long-term costs, improve health and safety standards, and widen educational opportunities within the industry”.

Grants have been awarded to Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and the Energy Skills Partnership.

> See the Scottish Government's statement


Welsh wind farm goes live

The 57.4MW Brechfa Forest West wind farm in Carmarthenshire has begun operating.

Developer Innogy has erected 28 turbines on site.

The wind farm has been developed on land owned by the Welsh Government.

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