European wind investment hits €14bn in 2016

A record €14 billion (£12bn) was invested in Europe’s offshore wind industry in the first half of 2016, according to figures from trade body WindEurope.

Seven offshore wind farms reached financial close during the opening six months of the year, adding 3.7GW of capacity.

The UK accounted for three-quarters of the investment.

> Read WindEurope's announcement

SSE wins appeal over wind farm

Power company SSE has won its appeal at the Court of Session in Edinburgh against the Stronelairg wind farm judicial review.

The firm will now be able to proceed with the construction of the 67-turbine project south-east of Fort Augustus in the Great Glen.

A spokesman for SSE said: “Situated in a natural upland bowl, Stronelairg will not be seen from the Great Glen’s key tourist routes, will be entirely invisible from Loch Ness and will utilise the extensive existing infrastructure at our Glendoe hydro scheme.”

> See SSE's statement

Centrica sees dip in earnings

British Gas owner Centrica has reported a 14% drop in adjusted profits for the six months to 30 June.

The FTSE 100 constituent blamed the fall on extreme warm weather in North America and the impact of low oil and gas prices on its exploration and production and power generation businesses.

Iain Conn, Group Chief Executive, said: “The first half of the year has been demanding for Centrica, but the response has been strong and I am encouraged by the progress we have made.”

> See Centrica's half-year results in full

Welsh government backs wind farm

The Welsh Government is to lend £3.55 million to help the Awel Aman Tawe (AAT) Community Energy Charity in Swansea to build its 4.7MW Mynydd y Gwrhyd wind farm.

The cash will allow the charity to make a payment towards buying one of two turbines for the site and will allow it to meet deadlines set in order for it to receive feed-in tariff payments.

Welsh Environment & Rural Affairs Secretary Lesley Griffiths said: “This money will enable renewable energy generation to continue in the Swansea Valley and the income will help AAT to work with people locally on projects whose many benefits will continue to be felt for years to come.”

> View the Welsh Government's announcement

Bristol sports stadium in solar tie-up

Bristol City football club’s Ashton Gate stadium has been fitted with solar panels that will cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 20%.

The stadium, which is also home to Bristol Rugby Club, is expected to cut its power bills by £150,000 over the next 20 years.

The installation is part of Bristol City Council’s ongoing initiative to install solar panels around the city.

> Read Bristol City Council's statement