UK wind energy industry reaches new milestone

Wind energy industry generates more than 10,000 MW for the first time The wind energy in the United Kingdom has reached a new milestone, generating more than 10,000 megwatts of electricity for the first time. The UK is home to many wind projects, most of which are onshore. Offshore projects are becoming more popular, however, as the UK has access to large expanses of sea territory that can be tapped into in order to generate electricity. According to RenewableUK, the country’s wind energy trade organization, the country’s wind projects were…

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World’s largest offshore wind energy system is moving forward

Dong Energy has finalized plans to develop large-scale wind energy system The world’s largest offshore wind energy system is set to be built off the western shore of the United Kingdom. Dubbed Hornsea Project One, the wind energy system is being developed by Dong Energy. The company recently announced that it has reached a final decision to proceed with the development of the 1.2 gigawatt project. Dong Energy estimates that, once completed, the wind energy system will generate enough electricity to power more than 1 million homes while also creating…

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UK cuts subsidies for solar energy by 65%

UK government decides to make major cuts to subsidies supporting homeowners interested in solar energy The United Kingdom government has opted to make cuts to subsidies for homeowners installing rooftop solar panels by 65%. The decision could have a major impact on the solar energy industry in the country, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. A recent study from the agency suggests that cutting subsidies by this degree could put an end to some 18,700 jobs in the industry, which currently boasts of just over 32,000 jobs.…

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Solar energy capacity grows in the UK

UK government continues to show financial support for solar energy The United Kingdom has been showing strong support for solar energy in recent years. Recently, the government had committed more than $50 million to help developing countries overcome the challenges they face concerning climate change, with some of this funding being used to promote solar energy. Domestically, the government has also been advocating for solar power, suggesting that the solar sector could be a source of economic growth and potential prosperity for the country. Solar capacity reaches 6,526 MW According…

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Wind energy thrives in the United Kingdom

UK shifts focus to favor wind power more heavily Wind energy has made major progress in the United Kingdom. T he country has been showing more support for wind power in recent years, hoping to tap into its renewable resources in order to break its reliance on fossil-fuels. As an island nation, the United Kingdom has access to expanses stretches of sea territory and this territory is becoming home for new offshore wind projects that could have a major impact on the way the country receives its electrical power. Report…

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Hydrogen fuel cell developer wins grant from UK government

Hydrogen fuel cells continue to gain support in the UK Ceres Power, a developer of residential hydrogen fuel cell systems, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. The agency has been working to establish the United Kingdom as a world leader in low-carbon technologies and has put a strong focus on fuel cells and other such clean energy systems. While fuel cells remain quite popular in the transportation sector, these energy systems are beginning to gain more attention for their…

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UK beats renewable energy record for a second time

Renewable energy reaches new heights in the UK The United Kingdom has been making strong progress on the renewable energy front recently. This year, the country broke its own renewable energy generation record, a feat that was achieved through the government’s strong support of clean power and sustainability. Now, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that the United Kingdom has, again, broken a new record when it comes to renewable energy production. In the second quarter of this year, 15.5% of the country’s energy was derived from…

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Alternative energy gaining traction in the UK

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UK alternative energy use on the rise The United Kingdom has been investing more heavily in alternative energy in recent months. Throughout 2012, the government has been showing a strong interest in alternative energy, especially in terms of offshore wind power. The Department of Energy and Climate Change, which has been a strong advocate for the adoption of alternative energy in the UK, has announced that the country has reached a significant milestone in its use of clean power. 12% of country’s power comes from alternative energy sources According to…

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UK introduces Energy Efficiency Strategy

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Energy Efficiency Strategy launched by UK government The United Kingdom has several ambitious alternative energy and environmentally friendly initiatives it is currently pursuing. The country has become one of the largest supporters of wind and solar power in the world and continues to look for ways to promote energy efficiency and cut consumption and emissions. The UK government has launched a new strategy that aims to add further momentum to these initiatives. The strategy is called the Energy Efficiency Strategy and aims to save the country the equivalent of 22…

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Carbon capture becomes target of feasibility study in the UK

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UK government sets sights on carbon capture and storage The United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change has been keenly interested in the concept of carbon capture and storage recently. The concept is simple enough, as it refers to the literal capture of carbon dioxide gas and the storage of this gas so that it does not damage the environment. Carbon capture is considered an effective way to mitigate the environmental impact of CO2 emissions, but the concept has proven difficult to bring into reality. Feasibility study to examine…

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Green Deal preparing to launch in the UK

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Government prepares for the arrival of the Green Deal in October The United Kingdom’s Green Deal is scheduled to launch in October of this year. The UK government has been laboring to prepare the country for the coming of the Green Deal, which is expected to have a significant impact on the economy. The Green Deal aims to promote energy efficiency and the adoption of renewable power through the issuance of loans that would help in these two fields. The government expects that the initiative will create more security in…

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New Hydrogen fuel initiatives launched by the UK

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UK embarks on new initiative to make use of alternative energy The United Kingdom is embarking on an ambitious energy initiative that encompasses five energy projects. The initiative is led by the Technology Strategy Board and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Together, the two agencies hope to incorporate alternative energy systems into the country’s energy schemes. Some of the projects will be focused on showing the viability of hydrogen-powered transportation and the incorporation of hydrogen fuel systems. Other projects concern the use of solar energy and other forms…

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Wind energy sees gains in United Kingdom

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Report shows that wind energy is beginning to make progress in the UK Alternative energy has been a strong interest in the United Kingdom recently. The country has been making strides in increasing the amount of its electricity that is generated through clean and sustainable methods. Wind energy, in particular, has seen a great deal of support from the UK government. According to a report from Bloomberg, wind energy is showing impressive gains throughout the country. So much so that wind energy is quickly becoming one of the country’s favored…

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Report shows the impact wind energy has had in the UK

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Report highlights economic benefits of alternative energy RenewableUK, the leading alternative energy association in the United Kingdom, and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change have published a new report from BiGGAR Economics concerning the state of wind energy in the country. Wind energy has begun to take on a more prominent role in the UK as the government begins to break away from fossil-fuels and foreign oil. The report takes into the economic implications of wind energy and how far the industry has come in the relatively short…

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Solar panel installations drop in the UK after government cuts subsidies

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Cut to subsidies could hamper the growth of the solar energy industry The government of the United Kingdom recently made cuts to the solar feed-in tariffs that were meant to promote the adoption of alternative energy. The subsidies aimed to provide homeowners with a financial incentive to install solar panels on their properties. The initiative was quite popular, but the government had deemed that it economically unviable. The subsidies were cut on April 1 of this year in a controversial decision that may have far-reaching implications for the country’s residential…

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United Kingdom launches Marine Energy Array Demonstrator project to fund development of wave energy

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Alternative wave energy project moves forward. The United Kingdom has launched a new funding program for wave energy called the Marine Energy Array Demonstrator (MEAD). The project will fund two initiatives that are focused on developing wave energy systems and technologies that will harness the power of tides. These initiatives will split $31 million in funding and will be tasked with developing systems that will generate at least 7 gigawatts of electricity each year. MEAD receives funding from the Department of Energy and Climate change, which is currently pursuing alternatives…

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