Whitelee Windfarm has been breath of fresh air in efforts to go green

Whitelee Windfarm has been breath of fresh air in efforts to go green

Whitelee Windfarm has been breath of fresh air in efforts to go green

An East Renfrewshire wind farm has been hailed as a “national success story,” a decade on from its official opening.

Whitelee windfarm is the largest onshore wind project in the UK, was created to significantly boost the number of homes powered by renewable energy. It began generating electricity in January 2008 and was officially connected to the National Grid a year later.

Whitelee Windfarm economic, environmental and social benefits

On Friday, a report was published into the economic, environmental and social benefits of the Whitelee Windfarm. It notes that it has generated enough clean, green energy to provide almost 90 per cent of total annual household electricity consumed by Scottish households and businesses.

  • The report also highlights that the wind farm is expected to provide a boost to the UK economy of more than £1billion, including almost £800million in Scotland.
  • The wind farm, in a rural location near Eaglesham, was found to have supported more than 4,000 jobs during its peak years of construction while sustaining around 600 jobs each year through its operation and maintenance.
  • Enough carbon dioxide is saved by the wind farm, the report notes, that it is the equivalent of offsetting two days’ worth of domestic flights to and from Gatwick Airport.

Lindsay McQuade, of ScottishPower Renewables, which owns and operates Whitelee Windfarm said efforts to achieve Scotland’s environmental targets can be achieved through working with industry and are underpinned through legislation.

“We know that onshore wind is the cheapest form of green energy and therefore should be part of Scotland, and the UK’s, low carbon, cost-effective electricity system,” said Ms McQuade.

“Since the passing of the Climate Change Act in 2008, a number of progressive policy measures have been put in place that has enabled Scotland to become coal-free.

“Working with industry and government, the same approach is now needed to ensure we continue to invest in much-needed renewable generation and thereby achieve this objective and support action to tackle the climate emergency facing us.

“Whitelee WindFarm is a great example of what effective policy can deliver. It’s a national success story.

“Every year, it produces the equivalent clean energy to power each and every electric vehicle currently in the UK, preventing over five million tonnes of carbon emissions had this energy come from fossil fuels.

“The decarbonisation of our economy, transport and heating systems can all be achieved through existing technology but that has to include onshore wind if we are to decarbonise by 2050.”

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Conservative Environment Network launches the new Manifesto for their vision for a greener UK

Conservative Environment Network launches the new Manifesto for their vision for a greener UK

Conservative Environment Newtork (CEN) Manifesto for their vision for a greener UK

The Conservative Environment Network (CEN) launches the Conservative Environment Network Manifesto in Parliament on 2 July 2019. The launch event will feature contributions from both Conservative leadership candidates, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, as they set out their vision for a greener UK.

Secretary of State Rt Hon Michael Gove MP will talk about his view of conservative environmentalism, followed by a panel of Conservative MPs who will discuss the new document.

Conservative Environment Newtork (CEN) Manifesto

The Manifesto recognises the scale of the environmental challenge, but argues that tackling climate change and broader environmental breakdown can provide a new unifying mission for the nation. It sets out a path to a new era of green infrastructure that will deliver economic regeneration alongside natural restoration right across the country. It also champions the successful environmental achievements of previous Conservative governments in the UK and in other parts of the world.

Conservative Environment Newtork A New Path To Unite

Commenting on the Manifesto, CEN Director Sam Richards said, “the manifesto aims to present a set of ideas that, if adopted, offer the next Conservative Prime Minister an exciting opportunity to set the UK on a new path that could unite a divided country and secure the prosperity of future generations. We have a record to be proud of, as one of the leading countries in the world in tackling climate change. But we know there is more to do, and the manifesto aims to present a space to discuss these potential future pathways in greater detail.”

Conservative Environment Newtork Declaration

Accompanying the Manifesto is ‘The Declaration’ – a set of five principles supported by the 41 MPs in the CEN MP Caucus, which the manifesto seeks to explore in greater detail. The 41 MPs, from all sides of the Conservative Party, have called on leadership candidates to show even greater ambition for the environment by considering the manifesto policies. The Declaration also sets out the Caucus’s belief in market economics and its ability to secure a prosperous future for the UK – in contrast to Corbyn’s plans for renationalisation.
CEN’s Chair Ben Goldsmith, writes in his foreword for the Manifesto: ‘Stewardship of the natural world, responsibility towards future generations, the search for resilience, these are core tenets of conservatism…it is more important than ever that conservatives rediscover and champion their inherent affinity for looking after the natural world. This manifesto lays out a series of over-arching ideas for doing just that.’

The Manifesto will also celebrate past Conservative victories for nature, from the Ivory Act to a new 2050 net zero emissions target and the UK’s longest ever coal-free period.

Major policy considerations for the next Conservative government include:

  • Subsidy-free onshore wind and increased ambition on offshore wind – the cheapest source of power allowed to compete in CfD auctions, putting us on track to 75GW by 2050.
  • Planning reform – a Royal Commission to deliver the sustainable homes we need.
  • Investment in regional transport networks – to unleash productivity outside London.
  • Road pricing – a data-smart replacement for fuel duty when we shift to electric vehicles.
  • A world leading Environment Act – legally-binding targets and a new, locally-led nature recovery network to restore the British countryside.
  • Sustainable land and fisheries management – replace CAP with a system that brings public and private money into a single market-based scheme for natural capital restoration, and CFP with new, properly enforced maximum sustainable yields.
  • Fracking ban – prevent stranded assets in an unpopular, uneconomic and out-of-date industry.
  • Commonwealth Alliance for Nature – using friendships to achieve unique partnerships.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

The CEN MPs support the Declaration but do not necessarily endorse each of the policies included in the Manifesto, which is intended as a platform for debate.

CEN is an independent forum, MP caucus and membership organisation for conservatives who support conservation and decarbonisation. Find out more: https://www.cen.uk.com/our-work2

Manifesto background:

  • Backing up The Declaration, the manifesto says that the breakdown of the natural world is not irreversible. Tackling its causes and effects will be challenging, but will offer a divided UK a path to national renewal.
  • To reach net zero by 2050, businesses and individuals will have to find new ways of living and working, but that is what humans are best at – and where the best ideas come from.
  • We cannot save nature by ourselves, but world-changing leadership on historic issues gives the UK unique influence on the global stage and it is our duty to use it.
  • This unifying national project will bring economic regeneration and natural restoration to all parts of the UK, making us the Saudi Arabia of wind power and home to the world’s biggest and best nature recovery network – including 1.5 billion new trees by 2050.

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Renewable electricity capacity continues for UK Wind and Solar ‘hit Q1 high’

Renewable electricity capacity continues for UK Wind and Solar ‘hit Q1 high’

Wind and solar output in the UK achieved a record share of nearly 24% of electricity generation in the first quarter of 2019.

In the figures, released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), total renewable generation increased by 9.2% on the same quarter last year to 31.1 terawatt hours (TWh).

As a result, renewables’ share of electricity generation was a near record 35.8% in the first quarter (Q1) of this year, up 5.3% on the share in the same quarter of last year, and reflective of increased capacity.

According to the department’s figures the UK’s renewable electricity capacity reached 45GW at the end of March, a 7.9% increase on a year earlier, mostly due to increased capacity for onshore and offshore wind and plant biomass.

In Q1 2019 onshore wind generation increased by 4.8% to 9.8TWh, whilst offshore wind increased by 7.3% to 8.6TWh.

As a result, total wind generation increased by 6% to 18.4TWh, just short of the record which had been set in in the last quarter of 2018.

Solar generation increased by 19%, from 1.8TWh in 2018 Q1 to 2.1TWh in 2019 Q1.

In Scotland renewable electricity generation reached record levels in Q1 2019, according to the figures from BEIS, reaching 8877 gigawatt hours (GWh), an increase of 17% on Q1 2018.

The latest statistics also show that the growth of Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity continues, rising from 10.4GW in March 2018 to 11.3GW in March 2019.

The Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “These figures show Scotland’s renewable energy sector continues to go from strength to strength.

“Last year, we were able to meet the equivalent of almost 74% of our electricity demand from renewable sources, and the first quarter in 2019 shows that positive trend continues.

“We are seeing the growing importance of offshore wind, with capacity and generation both continuing to rise – with further projects under construction.”

He said that despite “damaging policy changes” from the UK Government, particularly the removal of an effective route to market for onshore wind, the Scottish Government continues to provide strong support for Scotland’s renewable energy sector.

“Generation and infrastructure investment continues, not least because of the importance in preventing the damaging impacts of climate change,” Wheelhouse added.

Wind Farms

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Solar Parks

There has been a large uptake in the number of solar parks being granted planning consent in the UK, and Powersystems has been involved with many of these providing grid connection schemes at 11kV & 33kV. Each scheme is designed by our team of engineers and covers the requirements of the DNO substation, site wide earthing and cabling to the point of connection. The whole process is managed, from initial connection application to final energisation and adoption.

 

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UK Power Networks Services and London City Airport are to install renewable and sustainable energy technologies

UK Power Networks Services and London City Airport are to install renewable and sustainable energy technologies

London City Airport Microgrid

A microgrid that combines solar photo voltaic, CHP, and smart automation software will be used to help power London City Airport. UK Power Networks Services and London City Airport are to install renewable and sustainable energy technologies to ensure the long-term resilience and operational excellence of the airport.

London City Airport Development

London City Airport is undergoing a £500 million development programme. Its long-term energy infrastructure partner, UK Power Networks Services, finances, owns, operates and maintains the airport’s existing electricity network. As part of the City Airport Development Programme (CADP), UK Power Networks Services will deliver a microgrid that combines solar photo voltaic, combined heat and power, and smart automation software to double the size of the airport’s electrical distribution infrastructure.

London City Airport Upgrade Doubles Capacity

The upgrade will almost double the airport’s electricity capacity (from 3.6MVA to 7MVA) by installing new electrical substations and solar panels and connecting a combined heat and power unit.

Smart Airport

The electricity network will also be ‘smart’ thanks in part to a new SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system that will remotely control the electricity network. The fully integrated solution will enhance the security and resilience of the network, reduce the cost of infrastructure and improve air quality around the airport – while decarbonising in line with London City Airport’s commitments.

Sustainable Travel

UK Power Networks Services is also supporting the joint development of London City Airport’s wider energy strategy, aligning the benefits of new technologies and innovations to future needs, such as electric vehicle infrastructure. Nearly 70% of passengers use public transport to get to the airport, which is the highest proportion of any UK airport, and it actively encourages people to travel sustainably to and from the site.

Peter Adams, chief development officer of London City Airport, said: “UK Power Networks Services has a long-standing working partnership with London City Airport and the next chapter of this collaboration will embrace the latest low carbon technology to deliver growth more sustainably. Their continued support, well into the future for both the ongoing investment programme and the wider energy strategy, as well as the continued management of the electricity distribution network, will ensure we are best placed to maximise our commitment to sustainability and the environment.”

Helping a Decarbonising Agenda

Ian Smyth, director of UK Power Networks Services, added: “We are excited to deliver this turnkey solution for our valued client. We are designing, building, operating, maintaining and financing this innovative solution. Our ability to bring these technologies together delivers triple bottom line benefits for the airport – lower cost, greater resilience and help towards the UK’s decarbonisation agenda.

Microgrids New Holy Grail

“Microgrids are the holy grail of new sustainable renewable energy networks. Finding ways to make microgrids economically viable and self-funding has challenged global energy markets for decades.

“We’re proud to be a long-term partner with such an ambitious airport as London City that is committed to transforming the passenger experience, bringing innovation and long-term sustainability. We will continue to work together to identify innovative ways of addressing the airport’s energy requirements.”

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Neath Port Talbot Council Top of the Charts on Renewable Energy Generation

Neath Port Talbot Council Top of the Charts on Renewable Energy Generation

Neath Port Talbot Council has topped the list of all 22 Welsh local authorities when it comes to renewable energy generation.

Latest Welsh Government figures show Neath Port Talbot is the local authority area with the highest total renewable energy capacity (358 MW) and the greatest renewable energy generation with an estimated 1122 GWh.

This is due to the commissioning of projects such as the Lynfi Afan and Mynydd Brombil onshore wind projects and the creation of biomass, solar and other renewable energy schemes across the County Borough.

The figures are contained in the Welsh Government’s Energy Generation in Wales 2017 report – 2017 being the latest year for which figures are available for renewable energy generation in Wales. This Autumn will see a report released on the 2018 figures.

While having the greatest amount of renewable energy generation in Wales, Neath Port Talbot Council is also in the process of developing a new Decarbonisation and Renewable Energy Strategy.

And at the same time, the Council is continuing with a wide range of projects, aimed at creating a cleaner, greener future for the area.

One of these involves the Council playing a central role in a multi-million pound project to create next generation low carbon energy systems. Neath Port Talbot is the base for the only demonstration area in Wales for FLEXIS, the £24.5m research operation aimed at developing an energy research capability in Wales.

Councillor Anthony Taylor, Deputy Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said:

“The Welsh Government has set an ambitious 70% renewable electricity target by 2030 so it is very pleasing to see Neath Port Talbot Council topping the list according to the latest figures.

“Working with a wide range of partners we continue to work on our decarbonisation agenda for Neath Port Talbot– as evidenced not only by these figures on renewable energy generation but also by the many other initiatives we are involved in to help improve the environment.”

The Council is continuing to assess the suitability of alternative fuelled vehicles within its fleet, works closely with departments to ensure these vehicles can be introduced at the right times, and continues to move with the latest standards for both vehicles and plant.

And the authority is taking the lead on promoting and delivering the Homes as Power Stations project as part of the wider City Region Deal. This aims to deliver smart, low carbon, energy-efficient homes through a co-ordinated approach across the City Region.

A pathfinder scheme is already being developed at a site in Neath, where 16 houses and flats are being built which will generate, store and release energy – and therefore don’t need boilers.

Other projects include a 30kw hydro-electric scheme due to be installed at Margam Country Park, a solar power generating roof at Gnoll Country Park (already installed and generating energy) and active travel routes which encourage people to walk and cycle instead of using cars.

As part of the Swansea Bay City Deal the Council has also programmed the construction of the Swansea Bay Technology Centre to support start-up companies and indigenous business growth with a focus on the innovation and research and development (R&D) sectors. The centre, an “office as power station” project, will work closely with the University of South Wales’s Hydrogen Centre.

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Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

Energy firm says project will be big step towards continuous renewable

Scottish Power is to undertake the most ambitious battery power project in Europe in an attempt to unlock the potential of the UK’s wind and solar farms.

The company will connect an industrial-scale battery, the size of half a football pitch, to the Whitelee onshore windfarm early next year to capture more power from its 215 turbines.

The first major onshore wind power storage project will lead the way for a string of similar projects across at least six of Scottish Power’s largest renewable energy sites over the following 18 months.

It claims the 50MW battery systems promise a “significant step” on the road towards renewable energy, providing baseload, or continuous electricity supply, for the UK energy system.

The battery has more than double the power capacity of any existing battery in the UK. It would take an hour to fully charge and could release enough electricity over an hour to fully charge 806 Nissan Leaf vehicles over a total of 182,000 miles, according to a spokesman for Scottish Power.

Keith Anderson, Scottish Power’s chief executive, said: “Batteries will take renewable energy to the next level. It is a nice, neat solution to help use more and more renewable power in the UK, because that’s what we need to be doing to reach a net zero-carbon economy.”

The lithium-ion battery will help Whitelee, already one of the largest onshore windfarms in Europe, to generate more renewable power by storing electricity when wind speeds are high, for use when the wind drops.

“Over a period of time, we will get to use much more wind output from the project, and across the whole of the country, because even at times of low demand we will be able to capture far more of the wind rather than wasting that potential energy,” he said.

For example, the batteries could charge overnight – when demand for power is low – and release electricity in the morning, when demand from homes and businesses begins to rise.

The on-site batteries will also be used to help even out the UK’s “quite clunky” energy system by releasing short bursts of power to fill in second-by-second fluctuations in renewable energy generation. “They can react in milliseconds and are incredibly useful as a virtually instantaneous tool for the energy system operator,” Anderson said.

Scottish Power’s battery rollout is the UK’s most ambitious move into the emerging energy storage sector, which includes projects from the FTSE energy giants Drax and Centrica as well as its wind power rival, Ørsted.

Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland’s energy minister, said the project was an “exciting new chapter for Whitelee”. The windfarm was one of the first major onshore projects built in the UK 10 years ago.

Wheelhouse said it offered “a number of real potential benefits for Scotland’s energy systems, and the Scottish government will continue to support innovation and deployment in this area”.

Scottish Power will begin construction work at the Whitelee project early next year and expects the facility to be fully operational by the end of 2020.

The plans have emerged just months after Scottish Power sloughed off its remaining fossil fuel power plants to become the first major energy supplier to generate all its electricity from renewable energy sources.

The company struck a £700m deal with Drax last year to hand over its four remaining gas power stations in England to focus exclusively on investing in renewable power and its energy networks business.

“Over the next 10 to 20 years, batteries will become a much more important part of the system. We want to start now,” Anderson said.

 Whitelee windfarm on Eaglesham Moor. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Alamy

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