UK energy production ‘largest growth since 2002’

UK energy production grew by 1.5% in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same time last year. That’s according to a new government report. Total production stood at 31.1 million tonnes of oil equivalent in the first four months this year. That’s the highest since 2002 “though production is still generally falling as growth […]

Vattenfall signs two-year hydropower deal

Swedish company Vattenhall has signed a two-year deal to supply hydropower to a data centre in Boden, North Sweden. The agreement covers a potential supply of 40MW – 50MW of the renewable source to Hydro66. A data centre is a space for companies to keep and operate most of their ICT infrastructure. Matts Wesslén, Sales […]

World’s first electrical car ferry in operation

The world’s first electrical car and passenger ferry is in service in Norway. It uses 150 kilowatt hours (kWh) per route, which is the same as three days use of electricity in a standard Norwegian household, according to Siemens. The technology giant developed the ferry’s drive system and put up charging stations with lithium-ion batteries […]

Guest Blog: npower’s Wayne Mitchell on marine energy

UK cresting the marine hydro wave As an island nation sandwiched between the immense Atlantic Ocean and the turbulent North Sea, the UK clearly has an abundance of marine energy resources. You only have to visit the coast to see mile after mile of free energy potential washing over the shore, even on a calm […]

EU to provide €50m for Burundi’s energy security

The European Commission is set to launch projects worth €50 million (£43.6m) to provide access to sustainable energy in the east African nation of Burundi. Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development will announce the scheme to help a million citizens during a two-day visit to the country this week. The initiative will include small and […]

Renewable focus on mills, reservoirs and rivers

A study is underway to assess the green electricity potential of old mills, reservoirs and rivers in Lancashire. The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is conducting research with local councils before urging farmers and landowners to consider investing in renewable energy systems such as small-scale hydro-electricity plants. A similar scheme in the […]

Hydro included in Feed-in-Tariffs

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today revealed that former watermills and turbines which are revived to generate electricity will now be eligible for financial support under the feed-in tariff. And the Department of Energy and Climate Change is launching a hydropower help guide, prepared by the Environment Agency, which offers advice to groups looking to […]

SSE gets go-ahead for new hydro station

Scottish and Southern Energy has won approval from the Scottish government to build a 60MW pumping station at its hydro electric power plant at Loch Lomond. SEE claims the new station will enable it to provide an additional 100GWh of electricity in a year to help meet peak demand. Construction of the project is due […]