Jul 21, 2016

Vattenfall to build giant windfarm off Aberdeen coast

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Swedish energy company Vattenfall has decided to invest more than SEK 3 billion (more than £300m) in a combined wind farm and technology develo...

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has decided to invest more than SEK 3 billion (more than £300m) in a combined wind farm and technology development centre off the Scottish coast.

The wind farm, known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), will comprise eleven turbines and have a capacity of 92.4 MW. Apart from generating electricity, it will also be a centre for testing and developing new technologies for offshore wind power.

Magnus Hall, CEO and President of Vattenfall, said: “We aim to double our wind power capacity from 2 to 4 GW by 2020 and are focusing on reducing and streamlining our offshore wind power costs. Our investment in the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre off Aberdeen is an important part of this process.”

The Scottish government granted approval for building the wind farm in 2013. After legal challenges were cleared in December 2015, the project team has been preparing for the wind farm’s installation.

Construction of the wind farm offshore is expected to start in the latter part of next year so that it can start generating electricity in spring 2018. Onshore construction activity will start later this year.

The development of the EOWDC was taken forward with a local partner, the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, since 2089. In line with earlier agreements, Vattenfall will acquire the Group’s shares and become the sole owner of the project. 

The decision to invest in the EOWDC comes only a few weeks after the British referendum on leaving the EU and demonstrates Vattenfall’s continuing long-term commitment to wind power in Great Britain.

Magnus Hall continued: “This project underscores our long-term aim to extend our wind power capacity in Great Britain. The British government wants wind power to continue making up a significant part of the country’s climate-neutral electricity generation. We aim to be a part of this development and grow in Great Britain.”

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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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