Wind Energy Continues to Break Records in the UK

Wind energy provided 14% of Britain’s electricity last month, according to National Grid.

Yet again, weekly, monthly and half-hourly wind generation records were broken in the UK last month.

According to the National grid [hyperlink], January was the most productive month ever for wind energy in the UK. It provided 14% of Britain’s electricity (4.13 terawatt hours) during the month, which is the equivalent to powering 8.7 million UK homes. 1.119 gigawatt hours generated per week, breaking another record.

The UK’s overall capacity (onshore and offshore) provided over 12 gigawatts for the first time, enough to supply 7 million British households.

According to the National Grid, this represents the role that wind energy is now playing in the country’s energy mix...

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European Commission Unveils Draft Energy Strategy

This week, the European Commission unveiled “A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy,” which is key to developing its plans for Europe’s energy sector through to 2030.

The Framework Strategy outlines five interconnected policies, and the steps to achieve its 2020 energy targets. This includes new legislation to redesign the electricity market, improving regional cooperation and an integrated market with a stronger regulated framework.

In its communication, the Commission also noted that the European Union is committed to becoming the world leader in renewable energy...

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Vergnet’s Experience Set to Take Centre Stage at Energy Now Expo in the UK

Vergnet will be attending the Energy Now Expo, one of the UK’s leading  renewable energy events aimed at the agricultural sector, this week.

Vergnet is looking forward to joining the UK’s renewable industry at Energy Now Expo on 11th-12th February 2015 at the Telford International Centre, Shropshire, England.

Vergnet will join fellow thought leaders, industry colleagues, developers, partners and landowners at the event. The UK team will be exhibiting its medium wind turbines on Stand 5.

The global leader will also be showcasing its experience worldwide and in the UK, with projects in Cornwall, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, East Lothian, the Scottish Borders and Northern Ireland.

Since 2010, Vergnet and its UK partners have been in...

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Vergnet Celebrates Five Years in the UK and Powers Up for 2015 at LAMMA ‘15

Vergnet is celebrating five years in the UK market.

Within a short five year period, Vergnet have gone from strength to strength in the UK, completing 28 projects on farms and launching a dedicated full UK Operations and Maintenance (O&M) service last year.

The company’s outlook in the UK for 2015 is positive with many projects in the pipeline and plans the official opening of its UK subsidiary this quarter. Vergnet already has turbines on farms in Cornwall, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, East Lothian, the Scottish Borders and Northern Ireland.

More and more farm businesses in the UK are keen to benefit from on-site power generation with RenewableUK expecting over 61% to invest in some form of renewable technology in the next five y...

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Vergnet Exhibiting at LAMMA’15 Show in the UK

Vergnet is excited to be attending LAMMA’15, the UK’s largest farming show.

Vergnet will be joining the biggest names in the UK agriculture industry at the LAMMA’15 Show on the 21st and 22nd January 2015 in Alwalton, Peterborough.

Vergnet is attending the LAMMA Show as it continues to go from strength to strength in the UK market. At the event, the UK team will be showcasing case studies from across the country, including Ian Sharman from New Holbeck Farm in Newark whose turbine was commissioned in 2011. Ian stated “The turbine has been a great help in enabling me to control my energy costs and make savings...

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Matching Renewable Energies is Increasingly Reliable and Efficient

By pairing different types of renewable energy, green business is heightening efficiency through a hybrid approach.

According to a report published by The Electricity Journal, different and seemingly conflicting types of renewable energy are increasingly being brought together to increase the consistency of power production.

More and more disparate forms of energy, such as wind and solar, are being combined in hybrid projects worldwide.

Vergnet’s Hybrid Wizard was designed specifically for hybrid energy systems.  Launched in 2014, Hybrid Wizard is the first hybrid solution to maximize renewable energy penetration, in the form of wind or photovoltaic solar, for existing diesel systems in real time...

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G20 Summit Makes Pledges to Renewable Sector

Green businesses set to benefit from pledges made by world leaders at the G20 Summit in November

World leaders gathered in Brisbane, Australia earlier this month to attend the G20 Summit.

Alongside focusing on broad economic growth, the attending heads of government took the opportunity to address the issue of climate change in regards to current and future solutions.

The United States and China announced an important bilateral agreement between the two countries demonstrating their commitment to decarbonisation. Both countries have pledged to further their efforts to reduce carbon emissions by 2030...

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UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Launches New Benefit Register For Onshore Wind Projects

Community register to help allocate funds for onshore wind projects throughout the UK.

Earlier this month, DECC in the UK announced details of a community benefits register which will enable government grants to be allocated to onshore community wind projects.

This announcement was made alongside DECC’s establishment of a £10 million fund to support and enable energy projects across England. The Urban Community Energy Fund will allow renewable energy projects to bid for grants of up to £20,000 and loans of £130,000 for start-up projects.

With the register being supervised by RenewableUK and RegenSW, individual projects will be assessed and evaluated before benefits are given.  The amount and types of support will be specifically tailored to the needs of each site.

These developments ...

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Live From RenewableUK: UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change Addresses Conference

Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change in the UK, discussed the successes and the future of the renewable sector at the RenewableUK Conference 2014 in Glasgow.

Mr Davey addressed attendees from the onshore wind, offshore wind, wave and tidal industries and praised the renewable industry as a whole for their work to ensure energy security, economic stability and the tackling of environment issues in recent years.

Mr Davey specifically praised the onshore wind industry and announced that the industry needs to speak ‘more loudly’ about the cost reductions and the innovations currently being achieved. He commented:

“How many people outside the industry know that onshore wind is the cheapest large-scale renewable? And that onshore wind is set to be even more cost-compe...

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Hurricane Gonzalo Delivers Record Windfall for UK ‘Energy Farmers’

Following hurricane Gonzalo, data has shown record highs in power generation by UK ‘energy farmers’ who have diversified with wind technology.

The remnants from Hurricane Gonzalo brought gusts of up to 70 mph to the northern parts of the United Kingdom, which resulted in wind out-producing nuclear power plants on Tuesday 21st October, supplying 14.2% of all electricity.

This impressive news comes just a few days after the wind energy sector set a daily production record, generating 6,372 megawatts, which accounted for a fifth of the country’s energy needs. This marked a significant energy production milestone for wind energy in the UK.

With 28 turbines on farms throughout the UK and working closely with many farmers to take advantage of the Feed in Tariff (FiT), Vergnet is pleased t...

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