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Framework Deal for Repower Wind Turbines Signed

It was announced this week that German wind turbine manufacturer Repower signed a deal with French utility EDF for the supply of wind turbines for five wind farms in Canada. The framework agreement is for the supply of turbines totaling a capacity...

Posted November 29, 2009    

Local Targets - Good for UK Renewable Energy?

The Conservative party tell us they are all about local empowerment and ‘decentralised devolution’. Their decentralisation green paper ‘Control Shift’ released earlier this year set out proposals for change if they are elected next year....

Posted November 25, 2009    

Electrifying Africa

On a visit to South Africa this year I asked a charity project worker whether he was involved in any renewable or decentralised energy projects. He responded by saying that renewable energy is not a priority and is a matter for the government....

Posted November 23, 2009    

Planning Rules Change for Small -Scale Renewables

Should people need planning consent for small scale renewable energy? This is a question the UK government has been contemplating for several years. In 2008, the Town and Country Planning Order was amended to grant permitted development rights to...

Posted November 19, 2009    

New Renewable Energy Planning Statement Released

After over a year of preparation, the Government has released a new UK national policy statement on renewable energy. The statement is one of a series of NPS (National Planning Statements) documents intended to guide the new Infrastructure Planning...

Posted November 9, 2009    

Do Wind Turbines Work?

Numerous reports have now been published saying wind turbines work and can make an important contribution towards the UK’s energy needs. Prominent energy analyst David Milborrow published a new report back in June which the wind energy industry...

Posted November 7, 2009    

Lib Dems MP Stands up For Wind Turbines

Cheltenham Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood stood up for wind energy this week, opposing a bill for a new rule dictating wind turbines should be 2km from houses. The bill introduced by a few anti wind energy MP’s could bring an overnight halt to the UK’s...

Posted November 6, 2009    

MP Says We Don’t Want Wind Turbines Near our Homes

An English MP wants a new rule to say wind turbines can’t be built within 1.5 miles of homes. This would mean saying goodbye to new wind farms in the English countryside. Peter Luff MP will tomorrow table a ten minute rule bill asking for an...

Posted November 2, 2009    

Bird and Bat Radar Detection For Wind Farms

With many people and organisations concerned about potential bird and bat kills from wind turbines, could radar be the answer? Radar specialist company DeTect has developed and manufactured a new Avian Radar System ‘Merlin‘ which is aimed at...

Posted November 1, 2009    

Will the Conservatives Introduce County Renewable Energy Targets?

With the proposed Conservative abolition of regional planning, many renewable energy developers have been asking the question; if the Conservatives get into power next year, who will be responsible for setting renewable energy targets? Planning...

Posted October 28, 2009    

NREL Installs Siemens Wind Turbine

The US energy department DOE has installed a new wind turbine on its premises near Boulder, Colorado. The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has commissioned the 2.3 megawatt turbine on its National Technology Center...

Posted October 27, 2009    

Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Market Continues to Expand

Vertical axis wind turbines appear to be flavour of the year when it comes to small wind turbines. In the UK, supermarket giant Tesco has installed several “Ropatec” vertical axis wind turbines with a rated capacity of 6kW. The latest vertical axis...

Posted October 24, 2009