Jul 8, 2016

MeyGen inks deal to share grid with wind farm

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Singapore-based tidal energy developer Atlantis Resources has 

Singapore-based tidal energy developer Atlantis Resources has reached an agreement between its MeyGen project and a nearby wind farm to facilitate access to the distribution grid for other renewable energy projects.

Lochend Wind Energy is developing a four-turbine wind farm near MeyGen’s site in Caithness, and the company has agreed to allow its wind turbines to deliver electricity to the grid whenever the tidal project is not making full use of the available export capacity.

According to Atlantis, this is the first time UK wind and tidal projects have been combined in such a way. 

The 6MW Phase 1A of the MeyGen project was recently connected to the 33kV Ness of Quoys distribution network and is set to deliver its first power by the end of this year.

Atlantis Chief Executive Tim Cornelius said: "We believe this to be a world first, and to show that the predictability of generation from the tides can also benefit other forms of renewable energy by allowing those generators to accurately forecast and access spare grid capacity.

"Sharing transmission assets in this way and capitalising on the predictability of tidal power will ensure that, in the long term, our energy needs are better served whilst also maximising access to a constrained network in the immediate future."

The MeyGen project is 85 percent owned by Atlantis and will ultimately deliver almost 400MW of capacity generated purely by the tide. 

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Dominic Ellis
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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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