Axpo signs PPA for Europe’s largest operational onshore wind farm

Axpo’s has signed a 7-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with CEZ’s Fântânele-Cogealac- Gradina wind farm, part of Macquarie Asset Management’s energy portfolio in Romania. Axpo...

Renewables boosted, as Greens prepare to take Holyrood ministries

Scotland’s expansion of low carbon heat and light is set to speed up, as Green Party leaders step up to power in a national...

Justice ministry plans £12 million of solar PV on 19 more prisons

The government has announced its intention to install on-site solar PV on the roofs of 19 UK prisons and detention centres. Sited on long-lasting roofs...

Johnson’s hydrogen plan loses puff, as industry boss quits over blue H2’s ‘expensive distraction’

The government’s widely criticised plan to switch Britain to low-carbon hydrogen received another blow today, as news broke a leading industry figure has quit...

Investors Downing turn clean energy developers

Green investors Downing LLP are adding turbines, hard hats and solar arrays to their usual spreadsheets, as they set up a specialist division tasked...

The Energyst – Latest issue out now

The latest edition of The Energyst is now ready to read today online or via the new Energyst App. The Energyst is now published monthly,...

Dual PPA route to market for renewable generators

Buying 100% renewable electricity directly from renewable energy generators is challenging for many companies. Many firms buy electricity that has a green tariff backed...

Greenwashed tariffs in line for government crackdown

Over-stated claims in energy tariffs about their zero or low carbon content are in ministers’ cross-hairs. BEIS today launches a four-month call for evidence on...

SMEs more fired up by renewables, but only 11% measure carbon footprint

Two surveys out this week show small businesses’ apparently dual attitude towards Net Zero.  Purchasing low carbon power backed by REGOs increasingly interests small...

PV sunshine to replace fog on the Tyne’s airport

Newcastle International Airport wants to embark on a 12 year programme to add as much as 16 MWp of ground mounted solar generation on...

Scots waters above and below the surface primed for more spinning generation

Clean power and gas generation off Scotland’s coasts from turbines both subsea and floating received a double boost today. High-end tidal turbine engineers Nova Innovation...

Diageo chases the sun; Glenfiddich runs delivery trucks on distillery waste (though not fumes)

Drinks giant Diageo is hoping the spirit is willing among Scots planning officials, as it seeks permission to build a 4MWp solar farm to...

‘Hola, pulpo!’ Octopus buys Spanish energy start-up

Octopus Energy has added Spain as its eleventh country of operation, paying undisclosed millions for start-up Umeme. Under the operational name of Octopus Energy Spain,...

Bye-bye, fossils: Renewables out-duke UK’s 2020 thermal output for first time

Wind, solar, hydro and anaerobic digestion together made 43.1% of Britain’s electricity last year, outstripping legacy burning of hydrocarbons for the first time ever.  As...

“Every wee smidgeon helps”: ScottishPower’s onshore 30MW puts wind up Tesco

Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower Renewables has completed construction of its first new onshore windfarm in five years, in partnership with Tesco. The 30MW Halsary farm in Caithness...

Amazon and TotalEnergies ink mammoth PPA 

French fossil-based supermajor TotalEnergies today unveiled a massive continent-spanning power purchase agreement, supplying 100% renewable electricity to data centre leviathan Amazon.  Under the deal, TotalEnergies,...

British solar pioneer preps panels at 28% real-world efficiency, as Aussies slash electrolyte costs...

The economics of solar power generation and of clean electricity storage have taken yet another leap forwards out of universities and into commercial deployment.  University...

CfD cap must rise to 15GW, RenewableUK urges

The cap on Contracts for Difference must rise by 25% to 15GW on the back of ‘sky-high’ public support for clean renewables, the sector’s...

BEIS & Ofgem unveil blueprints on energy digitalisation, flex and smart systems

Future rules governing the most radical re-shaping ever of Britain’s energy systems are outlined in Whitehall proposals just released. Emerging out of directions set in...

Merchant finance alone ‘unlikely to spark new capacity’, Cornwall Insight finds 

Merchant finance on its own for green generation projects is very far from being a sure bet to boost capacity, researchers at Cornwall Insight...