UK’s first combined solar and wind park launches

Green energy supplier, Ecotricity, have completed the construction of the UK’s first major solar park which is the first project in the UK to capture the power of both the sun and the wind in one location. The 1MW solar park will generate enough electricity for 300 homes for the next 25 years. The PV […]

Government set to save £1.3m through energy management

The Home Office has entered into energy management contracts with public service provider Amey and British Gas Business across 90% of its estate on a ‘payment by results’ basis. The contracts come after the two companies saved the department £212,000 in eight months. The scheme aims to save £1.3 million through making 350 government buildings […]

Rosneft chairman sees danger in selling assets

Rosneft’s new chairman Alexander Nekipelov has warned his government to take a cautious approach over selling important oil assets. According to the privatisation plan for Rosneft, which pumps nearly a quarter of the country’s oil, the state is aiming to lower its stake from 75.16% to 51%. Mr Nekipelov told Reuters: “To make this decision […]

Huhne meets new energy suppliers today

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is holding a meeting with new energy suppliers today to find out what help they need to break the dominance of the Big Six, increase competition and keep energy prices for households down. Chris Huhne said: “I’m calling a summit of independent energy suppliers so the small guys have an equal […]

Thames Water appoint new chief financial officer

Thames Water have appointed Simon Siddall as their new chief financial officer. Simon Siddall will join the company as it embarks on the second year of a £1 billion investment programme to improve the Thames Valley’s water infrastructure. Martin Baggs, Thames Water’s chief executive, said: “Stuart has a proven track record as a finance director […]

UK nuclear: safety first

The British nuclear industry has an ideology of continuous improvement and putting safety first. Speaking at the Nuclear Industry Association’s New Build Conference 2011, safety was the word on HM Chief Nuclear Inspector Dr Mike Weightman’s lips: “We can never get complacent.” Speaking to delegates he stressed his concern by his findings in Japan: “Fukushima […]

Bosch target Asian solar market

The Bosch Group is planning to build a manufacturing site in the Batu Kawan region in Penang, Malaysia. The construction project for the new manufacturing site is one of the biggest in the company’s history. The new manufacturing site in Batu Kawan will serve Asia’s solar energy market, which is growing strongly. According to Bosch, […]

Tax boost for North Sea oil

The Government today announced that North Sea oil and gas firms would receive tax support for those operating smaller, less profitable fields. The announcement follows an earlier tax increase that had some some in the industry worried about about the future of the nation’s energy supply. The annual rate of the Ring Fence Expenditure Supplement […]

Group offer makes cheap solar

A scheme has been launched which aims to help homeowners install solar panels at massively reduced prices. By taking large orders through group-purchasing with other local residents, Sunny Britain are able to negotiate discounts on the upfront cost of buying solar panels for property owners. The company estimate that local residents could see a full […]

£20m for marine tech

The UK government has pledged £20 million to go toward developing marine technologies. Expected to start next spring, the money will support two projects in testing prototypes in array formations- the final development stage in generating large scale electricity from marine power prior to commercial roll out. Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Marine power […]