Nov 15, 2017

Dogger Bank wind farms to move to financing stage

Europe
Wind
Sophie Chapman
2 min
The world's largest wind farm set for the coast of Yorkshire
Once completed, the four wind farms to be located in the Dogger Bank will be the largest win project in the world, with a combined capacity o...

Once completed, the four wind farms to be located in the Dogger Bank will be the largest win project in the world, with a combined capacity of 4.8GW.

The ownership for the projects has been agreed, with innogy, SSE, and Statoil signing for the farms, allowing them to now move on to the finance stage and then construction.

The sandbank is located between the UK and Denmark, sitting between 125km and 290km from the coast of East Yorkshire.

The projects consist of Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck B – the largest farm –, Dogger Bank Teesside A, and Dogger Bank Teesside B.

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SSE and Statoil agreed to own 50% of Creyke A, Creyke B, and Teeside B, whilst innogy owns the entirety of Teesside B.

Each farm will separately generate 1.2GW or 4tWh of annual clean energy, which together will cover approximately 5% of the UK’s estimated power demand.

The size of the turbines is yet to be decided, most likely varying between blocks. There will be up to 200 turbines.

“The ability to progress the project within the required timescales will very much depend upon when the next CfD auction takes place. For many reasons, it is important that government make these dates available as soon as possible,” commented an innogy spokesperson.

“Any timescales for the project, which we plan to rename at some point, will therefore depend on any future CfD. However, we would hope to be in a position where we are able to have a Financial Investment Decision secured by 2020 with a view to commencing construction in 2022.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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