US and Denmark sign deal for offshore wind cooperation
The US has signed a cooperative deal with Denmark regarding the offshore wind farm sector.
This is following the Trump Administration’s fairly positive views towards the sector.
The agreement will allow top European wind energy firms, such as DONG Energy and Vestas, to have easier access to project developments and relationships with the US market.
“We see some positive initiatives coming out of the administration in Washington,” reported Thomas Brostroem, the Head of DONG’s US business, to Reuters.
“They’ve been really receptive to talk to European countries and developers to get know-how from the past decades.”
A large offshore wind auction in Massachusetts is approaching, leaving the US industry at a junction.
In order to gain traction, however, the US needs to successfully follow Europe’s dramatic cost cuts.
“Something that is important for the new administration is jobs, jobs, jobs and that is something that will come from the supply chain around the turbines,” Adam Thomsen, Head of U.S. Growth Implementation at MHI Vestas – the joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi heavy Industries.
Subsidy costs are at a record low in Europe, subsequently leaving developers to find new revenue streams in the US and China.
“It is a huge scoop that we now get a formal cooperation with the Trump administration on offshore wind,” commented Lars Chr Lilleholt, Danish Climate and Energy Minister.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
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.