Tag: wind energy

£4.8m spent on turning off wind turbines

£4.8m spent on turning off wind turbines

Wind farm operators were paid a record £4.8 million to switch off their turbines for one day after it became too windy. In extreme weather conditions, when there are exceptional levels of wind, the National Grid is unable to handle the amount of extra energy produced by wind turbines and […]

Lack of storms damages European wind and revives coal

Lack of storms damages European wind and revives coal

Unusual weather patterns across Europe will prevent winds from sweeping across the continent and will therefore mean many countries will be reliant on coal and natural gas during the autumn months. Reduced wind means energy producers across Germany and the UK will be reliant on coal fired power plants to […]

Proposal for America’s largest wind farm rejected

Proposal for America’s largest wind farm rejected

The Texas Public Utility Commission has dealt a crushing blow to American Electric Power Co’s Wind Catcher project by unanimously rejecting a proposal for the largest wind farm in the US, that was proposed to be built at a cost of $4.5 billion. The commission said the project does not […]

Gas prices up on low wind output

Gas prices up on low wind output

Wholesale gas prices in the UK rose this week as demand from gas power plants rose following low wind output during the current heatwave. On Tuesday, within-day contract was up 1.00p for TRGBNBPWKD at 56.75p per therm, while day-ahead gas TRGBNBPD1 was also up 1.00p at 56.60p per therm. One […]

Cambridgeshire wind turbine catches fire in thunderstorm

Cambridgeshire wind turbine catches fire in thunderstorm

An 89m wind turbine caught fire during recent thunderstorms in Cambridgeshire, raising questions over the reliability of the renewables sector. The fire service that was called out at around 7.50am said parts of the turbine had fallen off and debris had been scattered around the area. A nearby resident said: […]

European wind investment down almost 20% in 2017

European wind investment down almost 20% in 2017

European spending on new wind capacity hit a three year low as the industry begins to slash costs to become more efficient as governments reduce subsidies for the sector. Investment into both onshore and offshore wind projects fell to €22.3 billion across the European Union, a fall of 19% from […]

UK green investments halve

UK green investments halve

Investment into green energy plummeted for the second year in a row as a result of the confusion within government over its energy policies. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, investment into wind, solar and other renewables declined by 56% to £7.5 billion in the UK. Alan Whitehead, shadow energy […]

Proposed windfarm to increase electricity bills

Proposed windfarm to increase electricity bills

Plans to build a windfarm in Caithness have been criticised for the potential increase to electricity bills it will mean for consumers. E-on proposed the plans to build a 14-turbine windfarm that would generate up to 48.3 megawatts (MW) 4.4 miles outside of Wick. However, it was pointed out by […]