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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European Union Sets Ambitious 2030 Climate and Energy Goals

EU leaders agreed last week to a stringent new set of climate and energy goals, designed to create a more competitive, secure and sustainable economy and improved energy system.

Leaders from the 28 member states have come to an agreement on a binding greenhouse gas reduction target of at least 40% by 2030. The decision has been regarded as the most ambitious proposal in the world. The framework for this new policy also includes a target to achieve 27% in energy savings and a binding target to source at least 27% of EU energy consumption from renewable sources in the same period...

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Vergnet Proud to Deliver Samoa’s First Wind Farm

Vergnet completed work on Samoa’s first wind farm on the island of Upolu this August, in partnership with Masdar.

Upolu is located off the east coast of mainland Samoa in the Pacific Ocean and is home to almost 75% of the Samoan population. The completion of this wind project is significant for the island as it will supply 1,500 MWh of power per year and will reduce the island’s carbon dioxide footprint by more than 1,000 tonnes per annum.

Vergnet has a significant track record in developing wind turbines particularly suited to insular environments. This is well demonstrated in Samoa, as the innovative ‘cyclone proof’ technology allows the turbines to withstand the extreme weather experienced in the region...

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Vergnet Host First UK Wind Energy Open Day

As Vergnet continues to go from strength to strength in the UK market, the company hosted its first UK Open Day in Nottinghamshire to showcase their work in medium wind energy.

Vergnet joined farmer Ian Sharman and his family on Thursday 23rd October to open the gates to New Holbeck Farm in the company’s first UK Open Day. The Open Day allowed visitors from throughout the UK to learn more about Vergnet’s 275kW Vergnet GEV MP-C first-hand from the Sharman family, who utilise the medium scale wind turbine to off-set their farms energy demand. The family also benefit from Vergnet’s dedicated UK Operations and Maintenance (O&M) service, which was launched at the All Energy Conference in Aberdeen earlier this year.

Ian Sharman said: “At New Holbeck Farm, we use an awful lot of energy, coo...

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Renewable Energy Set to Power Rural Electrification

Last month, a report in The Guardian revealed that 1.4 billion people worldwide are currently living without electricity with underdeveloped energy infrastructures. The report suggested that this could be resolved by utilising renewable energy sources that feed into mini grids, which in turn creating localised generation and transmission of electricity.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has recently awarded a $5m loan to the Mauritanian government to develop a local mini grid system to combat their energy crisis, as only 1% of their rural communities are currently electrified. Frank Wouters, Director of IRENA stated that there was a “huge demand” for projects like these, with the organisation awarding $50m to similar projects every year.

Vergnet supports IRENA’s investm...

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Vergnet Welcomes Increased European Energy Efficiency Targets

European Commissioners have recently announced that the EU will aim to cut its energy consumption by 30% by 2030, to encourage energy security and reduce carbon emission levels.

The original target for energy savings by 2030 was 25% which, if met, would ensure a 40% reduction of carbon emissions. The new extended target of 30% reflects the achievements already being made in cutting energy costs in Europe. These include cutting energy costs in buildings by 50% since 1980 and industry being approximately 19% less energy intensive compared to 2001.

Vice President of the EU Commission, Günther H. Oettinger stated the reasons behind these new targets are: “the basis to drive the EU towards increased security of supply, innovation and sustainability, all in an affordable way...

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Expanding UK Wind Partnership in the Spotlight at ‘The Renewables Event’ in Birmingham

Less than a year after announcing their partnership, Vergnet and partner, Bowler Energy, part of the John Bowler Group, revealed their success to date in the UK at ‘The Renewables Event’ in the NEC Birmingham.

Vergnet has been working with Bowler Energy since November 2013 and have a total of seven medium wind energy projects are so far planned in the UK as part of the partnership, with more in the pipeline.

Lucie Bowler from Bowler Energy, commented: “We are delighted with the partnership with Vergnet which will see us progress seven turnkey medium wind energy projects in the coming months with many more in the plan.  Choosing the right technology partner is a key consideration for all developers...

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VERGNET’s 1 GEV MP Turbine installed in Aguni, Japan

Vergnet’s turbine in Aguni in Japan has been installed for Progressive Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of Okinawa Electric Power Company Inc (Okiden). The wind turbine was inaugurated at the end of July.

The Vergnet GEV MP was selected by Okiden to service Aguni Island in the Okinawa archipelago. The turbine is perfectly suited for the project as due to its unique erection process, it can be built in remote areas with difficult access. The GEV MP is also renowned internationally for its ability to function in cyclonic areas. The Okinawa archipelago is frequently exposed to typhoons and tropical storm.

The turbine has been built to reduce the island’s high energy costs and will feed into the local internal grid, which includes a diesel plant...

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