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Thursday 17 August 2017
17 August 2017 - NEWS UPDATE
Climate Change

PML and Exeter University collaborate on ocean research

Two of the South West's leading environmental research organisations will work much more closely to address some of the key questions facing the sustainable future of the ocean.

Business

MPs criticise Ofgem for failing to improve transparency of energy company profits

MPs have severely criticised Ofgem for failing to tackle the lack of transparency about energy company profits. At a time when many people are struggling with the rising costs of energy, consumers need reassurance that the profits being made by the Big Six are not excessive, say the Energy and Climate Change Committee in a new report.

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Fears of excessive profits

Renewable Energy

Floating turbines could power Europe four times over

Floating wind turbines in North Sea deep waters alone could power Europe four times over, a new report claims. Deep water wind turbines are key to unlocking the massive energy potential in Europe's Atlantic and Mediterranean seas and the deepest parts of the North Sea, says the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

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Potential of floating turbines

Renewable Energy

Wind the key to 20% rise in UK electricity from renewable energy sources

Electricity production from renewable energy sources in 2012 was up by almost 20% on the previous year and accounted for more than 11% of all electricity generated in the year. This increase has predominately been driven by increases in electricity generation from both onshore and offshore wind.

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Wind power at Delebole

Renewable Energy

New strategy to strengthen UK as offshore wind leader

Government and business today published a long-term strategy to strengthen the UK's position in the offshore wind industry. The multi-million pound investment has the potential to unlock £7 billion in the economy by 2020.

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Strategy to realise UK offshore wind potential

Renewable Energy

Anaerobic digestion transforms dairy revenues  

A Wiltshire dairy has increased revenues by more than £750,000 a year after investing in an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. Stowell Farms in Pewsey will also use the AD facility to educate funders about renewable energy and to build bridges between the public and agriculture.

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Gavin Davies at Stowell Farms

Climate Change

Sky 'rivers' will cause violent storms and flooding

Heavy and prolonged rainfall will cause both more frequent and more severe flooding across the UK and the rest of north-west Europe as the atmosphere continues to warm, say scientists.

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Danger in the skies

Business

World's largest lender to support renewable energy

One of the world's largest lenders, the European Investment Bank, has adopted new guidelines to reinforce support for investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy grids.