"WHAT DOES THE RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY NEED FROM WEATHER AND CLIMATE SCIENCE?"
RES CEO Ian Mays guest writes for the Met
With the growing consensus that carbon dioxide emissions from
fossil fuels are resulting in global warming, and depleting
resources are threatening the future of energy supply, Ian Mays
discusses the importance of weather and climate science in the
renewable energy industry.
ACTION FOR RENEWABLES PANORAMA REBUTTAL
Action for Renewables has produced a video
rebutting the claims made in the BBC's recent Panorama programme
"What's fuelling energy price rises?". The video is presented by
the Chair of A4R, Tony Juniper, and can be found by clicking on the
RES SUBMITS APPLICATION FOR SOLWAYBANK WIND FARM
RES has today submitted a planning
application to Dumfries and Galloway Council for Solwaybank Wind
Farm located south of the B7068 between Langholm and Lockerbie. The
wind farm has an approximate capacity of 30MW and, if approved, is
likely to generate electricity equivalent to the average demand of
more than 17,000 households - or approximately 25% of the
households in Dumfries and Galloway.
DOGS TRUST SHREWSBURY CENTRE ACHIEVES BREEAM OUTSTANDING RATING THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH INBUILT
Inbuilt, the RES Group company offering
renewable energy and buildings sustainability advice to public and
private sector organisations, has confirmed the completion of a
state of the art re-homing centre for the Dogs Trust, based at
Shrewsbury and a design stage BREEAM (Building Research
Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method) 'Outstanding'
Rating for the centre.
HOSPITAL PIONEERS THE OUTSTANDING BENEFITS OF BIOMASS HEATING
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust -
Pilgrim Hospital, in Boston has delivered one of the largest and
most successful biomass heating projects in the UK. The 3MW
Steam Binder Boiler installed by Wood Energy is an ideal
template for how the NHS can apply biomass heating to significantly
reduce both carbon emissions and heating costs.
RES SUBMITS PLANNING APPLICATION FOR PENMANSHIEL WIND FARM
submitted a planning application for Penmanshiel Wind Farm, near
Grantshouse in the Scottish Borders. The proposal is for 15
turbines, each with a maximum height to the tip of blade of 100m.
The planning application along with supporting documents including
an Environmental Statement (ES), Non- Technical Summary (NTS) and
Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) Report has been submitted to
Scottish Borders Council. The wind farm has an approximate capacity
of 30MW and, if approved, the wind farm is likely to generate
electricity equivalent to the average demand of more than 17,000
households - or approximately 30% of the households in the Scottish
WWF: CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE ‘WITHIN OUR GRASP’
Ambitious scenarios show renewables could
meet between 60-90% of UK electricity demand by 2030
A new report by
WWF has said that renewable sources of energy could meet between
60-90% of the UK's electricity demand by 2030, and recommends that
the government sets its target at no less than 60% for renewable
energy generation to provide certainty for
RES ANATOLIA AND BORUSAN EnBW JOIN FORCES TO COMPLETE THE 50 MW BALABANLI WIND FARM
RES Anatolia announces
completion of the transfer of ownership of the Balabanli 50 MW wind
plant in the region of Tekirdag to Borusan EnBW Energy.
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RES ANATOLIA AND BORUSANENBW JOIN FORCES TO COMPLETE THE 50 MW BALABANLI WIND FARM
RES Anatolia announces completion of the
transfer of ownership of the Balabanli 50 MW wind plant in the
region of Tekirdag to Borusan EnBW Energy.
RES JOINS PARTNERSHIP WITH IBERDROLA TO BID IN FRENCH OFFSHORE WIND POWER TENDER
EOLE-RES and Iberdrola announced today that
they have signed an exclusive agreement to jointly bid for two of
the five offshore areas that the French Government has offered for
WOOD ENERGY PRESENTS THE GREEN HEAT MODULE AT THE EUROPEAN BIOENERGY EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE (EBEC)
Wood Energy will present its biomass
Green Heat Module product at EBEC, 5-6 Oct 2011. Specifically
designed to be easily retrofitted onto large commercial and public
sector buildings, the Green Heat Module makes deployment of a
biomass heating solution significantly simpler and much quicker
than traditional complex installations.
RES TO CONSIDER ITS OPTIONS FOLLOWING REFUSAL OF GLENCHAMBER WIND FARM
RES has expressed its disappointment at
today's decision by Dumfries and Galloway's Planning Applications
Committee to refuse planning permission for Glenchamber Wind
Farm. The 11 turbine project located between New Luce,
Kirkcowan and Glenluce could generate electricity equivalent to the
average demand of more than 14,000 households - or approximately
20% of the households in Dumfries and Galloway.
RES SELLS TARALGA WIND FARM TO AUSCHINA ENERGY GROUP
RES has agreed the sale of its Taralga Wind
Farm in New South Wales to AusChina Energy Group, a joint venture
between the Australian renewables group CBD Energy and two major
Chinese renewables entities, China Datang Corporation Renewable
Power Co. Ltd and Baoding Tianwei Baobian Electric Co. Ltd.
FIRST TURBINES ARRIVE AT KELBURN WIND FARM
The first wind turbine components arrived
today at RES's Kelburn Wind Farm, in North Ayrshire. The first
consignment of towers arrived by ship into Ayr Harbour and their
delivery to site marks another major milestone for the 28MW
project, which will be owned and operated by RES.
PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS FOR BARCLOY HILL WIND FARM
RES has announced plans for a
five turbine wind farm between Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright, in
Dumfries and Galloway. At 12.5 MW, the proposed Barcloy Hill Wind
Farm would provide enough clean, green electricity equivalent to
the average demand of over 7,000 homes - or approximately 10% of
the households in Dumfries and Galloway.
WIND TURBINES START ARRIVING AT HILL OF TOWIE WIND FARM
Turbines arrived at Aberdeen Harbour's
Commercial Quay following a £4 million refurbishment
The first wind turbine components will arrive
today at RES's Hill of Towie Wind Farm, near Keith in Moray. The
first consignment of blades arrived by ship last week into Aberdeen
Harbour's Commercial Quay, which has recently been the subject of a
£4 million refurbishment. Their delivery to site marks another
major milestone for the 48MW project, which is RES's largest wind
farm in the UK to date.
RES TO APPEAL JACK'S LANE WIND FARM PLANNING DECISION
Wind farm would provide sufficient
renewable electricity for the equivalent of 8,000 homes and help
toreduce climate change.
RES APPEALS AGAINST WOOLLEY HILL WIND FARM PLANNING DECISION
RES, the company proposing the 4-turbine
wind farm at Woolley Hill, situated to the north of the village of
Ellington and the A14, has submitted an appeal against
Huntingdonshire District Council's decision to turn down their
RES WELCOMES BARCLAYS INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS AS DEVELOPMENT PARTNER FOR WADLOW WIND FARM
RES has today agreed the sale of a
significant share of its equity in the Wadlow Wind Farm project in
Cambridgeshire to Barclays Infrastructure Funds.
RES SAYS COMMUNITY VIEWS ARE ‘VITAL’ IN SHAPING ITS PLANS FOR NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS POWER STATION
RES says that the
feedback it has received from people in the Blyth Estuary is
playing a vital role in shaping the final plans. Over the past
18 months, RES has been consulting widely with local residents,
organisations and businesses. The company has participated in more
than 40 face-to-face meetings and presentations and two sets of
public exhibitions, held in Blyth, Cambois, and North Blyth.
RES CELEBRATES GLOBAL WIND DAY 2011
RES celebrated Global Wind Day in June by
hosting some 650 people in a series of exciting events across the
PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS FOR SOLWAYBANK WIND FARM
Public exhibitions will take place this
week for RES's Solwaybank Wind Farm, in Dumfries and
Galloway. The 15 turbine project would provide enough clean,
green electricity equivalent to the average demand of over 17,000
homes. Public consultation exhibitions about the project will be
held at Waterbeck Village Hall 3pm - 8pm on Thursday 30 June,
Eaglesfield Village Hall 10am - 1pm on Friday 1July, and Lockerbie
Town Hall 11am - 4pm on Saturday 2 July. Everyone is welcome to
come along to find out more about the proposed wind farm, meet the
project team and leave comments on our proposal.
LOFTY THE WIND TURBINE FINDS A HOME
Have you ever driven on the northern
section of the M25, seen the wind turbine at Kings Langley and
wondered how it came to be there? Well, now your children can tell
GLOBAL WIND DAY - PARACHUTING AND PAINTING FROM EUROPE TO THE US, AUSTRALIA TO URUGUAY
On 15 June 2011, 'Global Wind Day',
citizens from around the world can discover the benefits of wind
energy while having fun. With Middle East instability affecting oil
prices and debate over nuclear following Fukushima, the hundreds of
events on offer on Global Wind Day will show people everywhere how
wind can be part of a stable, clean energy future.
PENMANSHIEL WIND FARM PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS
RES has announced plans for a 30MW wind
farm near Grantshouse, in the Scottish Borders. Public consultation
exhibitions about the project will be held at Grantshouse Village
Hall from 10am - 1pm and 3pm - 8pm on Thursday 26th May, Coldingham
Village Hall 3pm - 8pm on Friday 27th May and Cockburnspath Village
Hall on Saturday 28th May 11am - 4pm. Everyone is welcome to come
along to find out more about the proposed wind farm, meet the
project team and leave comments on our proposal.
KEADBY WIND FARM PURCHASED BY SSE RENEWABLES
Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and SSE
Renewables, the renewable energy development division of
SSE, have finalised agreements for the sale of the Keadby Wind
Farm project in North Lincolnshire from RES to SSE Renewables.
RES CEO IAN MAYS JOINS GREG BARKER ON GREEN TRADE MISSION
A total of six UK companies have joined
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker this week for the Department's
first ever green trade mission. The companies are capitalising on
the opportunities of the green economy will be on the 5 day visit
to the U.S. which will cover Washington D.C, Philadelphia,
Charlotte (North Carolina) and Columbia (South Carolina).
GWEC PRESS RELEASE: WORLD WATER DAY: WIND POWER SAVES WATER
Brussels, 22 March 2011. Wind power uses
less water than almost any other power generation technology, the
Global Wind Energy Council emphasised today, on UN World Water Day.
The wind industry calls on policy makers to take this into account
in the critical and urgent decisions which will determine the
character of the world's power generation infrastructure for
decades to come.
RES, NATURAL POWER AND FEUP JOIN FORCES TO DEVELOP NEXT GENERATION VENTOS CFD MODEL
Power and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto
(FEUP), Portugalhave signed a significant research and development
joint venture focused on developing the nextgeneration VENTOS®
computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model for wind energy
RES WELCOMES UK GOVERNMENT’S RENEWABLE HEAT PROPOSALS
RES today welcomed the announcement of the
Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) proposals asa "major
boost to the new green economy through support for the UK's
renewable heating technologies".The RHI scheme will provide a
guaranteed incentive scheme for wood fuelled boilers, solar water
heatingand other renewable heating technologies, making long-term
commercial investments in building-integratedrenewable energy
GREEN LIGHT FOR ABERDEENSHIRE WIND FARM
RES has welcomed a Planning Reporter's
decision today to consent the 12 turbine Meikle Carewe Wind Farm,
near Stonehaven. The announcement overturns a previous decision by
Aberdeenshire Council, which refused planning consent for the wind
farm in April 2010.
RES TO KICKSTART ROYAL BATH & WEST REGENERATION WITH 5MW PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVELOPMENT
RES announced today that it has been
appointed to develop a 5MW ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) project
at the Royal Bath & West of England Showground in Shepton
EWEA 2010 STATISTICS: OFFSHORE & EASTERN EUROPE NEW GROWTH DRIVERS FOR WIND POWER IN EUROPE
9.3 gigawatt (GW) of new wind power
capacity was installed in the EU during 2010, reaching a total of
84 GW by the end of 2010, according to figures released today by
the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and coinciding
with today's publication by the European Commission on financing
STUDY REVEALS 91 PER CENT RISE IN UK WIND ENERGY EMPLOYMENT
RenewableUK, the country's leading voice
for the renewable energy industry, has today published the most
comprehensive ever employment figures for the wind energy industry,
showing a 91 per cent increase in full-time employment in the
sector between 2007/8 and 2009/10. The growth in employment stands
in contrast to the overall UK employment level, which has shrunk
during the same period by 3.4 per cent.
Read the Study : Working for a Green Britain
FINAL DETAILS OF NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS PROJECT PROPOSAL TO GO ON SHOW
As part of the consultation process for the
proposed North Blyth Biomass Power Station, renewable energy
developer RES will be holding a second series of public exhibitions
in the area during the last week of January. The exhibitions will
unveil the final design for the power plant along with the results
of RES's environmental and technical studies prior to submitting
the planning application in the Spring.
LORRY ‘PRACTICE RUN’ TO HELP PLAN FOR WIND FARM CONSTRUCTION
An empty delivery vehicle, capable of
carrying the larger components of wind turbines, will make its way
from Hull docks towards Roos village on Monday January 10th. The
lorry will be used to test the proposed delivery route, ahead of
the construction of Roos wind farm, which is due to begin in