Green light for £16mn home energy research centre

A £16mn all-weather home energy research centre has been approved to be built at the University of Salford. The Energy House 2.0 facility, the university announced on Thursday 18 October, will replace the existing Energy House, opened in 2011, and will offer faster testing times for new products from energy,…

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Poll finds rural Scotland supports onshore wind

A new poll on behalf of renewable industry organisation Scottish Renewables has found that 66% of Scottish people living in rural areas support the use of onshore wind energy, with 22% saying they have no opinion and 11% opposing new onshore windfarms. The results, revealed on Thursday 18 October, also…

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Capital Dynamics acquires 50% stake in Whiteside Hill Wind Farm

Global asset manager Capital Dynamics has announced it has bought a 50% stake in Whiteside Hill Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, from GE Energy Financial Services for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition was announced on Wednesday 17 October for the wind farm which has been in operation since…

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ScottishPower now to run on 100% renewable wind after sale of £702mn portfolio

ScottishPower’s portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation has been acquired by Drax from Iberdrola, subject to Drax shareholder approval, it was announced on Tuesday 16 October. The £702mn acquisition consists of 440MW of pumped storage hydro, run-of-river hydro locations at Galloway and Lanark of 126MW, four Combined Cycle…

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EDF Energy and Nissan to use EV batteries to support demand-side management

Car manufacturer Nissan and EDF Energy have announced a partnership that will explore combining recycled Nissan electric vehicle (EV) batteries with EDF Energy’s demand-side response platform, PowerShift. In an announcement made on Wednesday 10 October, the companies said that millions of second-life EV batteries could be used as commercial battery…

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UK must retrofit older buildings to meet 2050 climate targets: IET

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) has warned that the UK will not meet its 2050 climate targets without retrofitting older buildings. In a report published on Wednesday 10 October, the IET said that “all housing in the UK must have zero carbon emissions from space and water heating,…

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Gresham House targets £200mn for renewables-focused investment

Asset management firm Gresham House has announced that it plans to launch an investment trust in the renewable energy sector, with an initial public offering (IPO) target of £200mn. Reported by Investment Week on Thursday 4 October, the Gresham House Energy Storage fund will provide National Grid with utility-scale energy…

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Energy procurement solution launches for public sector organisations

Public Power Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, has said that it is launching the UK’s first public sector energy procurement platform for new projects. The New Energy Dynamic Framework, announced on 2 October, will allow any public sector body to access a portal of pre-qualified suppliers that…

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