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Thursday 19 October 2017
19 October 2017 - NEWS UPDATE
Renewable Energy

New pylon design could be used at Hinkley Point

A pylon that has won an international design competition may be used for the first time in the UK at the Hinkley Point nuclear power station. The T-pylon could help to address some of the concerns raised by the public about the connection's impact on the landscape.

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The T-pylon

Renewable Energy

Cornish survey reveals sceptism over Green Investment Bank

A majority of renewables experts do not believe the £3 billion invested in the Green Investment Bank (GIB) is sufficient to help accelerate the UK's transition to a more green economy. Only one fifth believe the GIB's investment strategy is correct, and difficulty in sourcing private sector investment is seen as the greatest threat to the development of renewable power generation in the UK, according to a survey.

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Private sector investment is chief problem for major renewable energy projects

Renewable Energy

Government says EMR plan should ease investor fears

The Government has published details of the draft Electricity Market Reform (EMR) Delivery Plan which it says will increase investor certainty and deliver £110bn of investment into energy infrastructure. The plan, published today for consultation, provides detail on the support mechanism (long-term Contracts for Difference) and draft strike prices for renewables investors, which Ministers believe will keep the lights on and bills and emissions down.

Biomass

No strike price for new-build biomass

Renewable Energy

Somerset communities to benefit from hosting Hinkley nuclear plant

The community around the proposed twin-reactor at Hinkley Point nuclear plant could receive £128m in benefits for living close to the project. The proposal is part of a Government deal to recognise the scale and duration of the impact of new nuclear power stations on their localities and to ensure communities benefit from the role they play in national power generation, Ministers said today.

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The proposed Hinkley C nuclear project

Renewable Energy

UK likely to fail to meet EU renewables target

The UK is not on track to meet its 2020 European renewables targets, according to the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

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UK lagging behind Europe

Renewable Energy

South West renewable energy capacity hits 1 Gigawatt

Renewable energy capacity in South West England has grown by almost 50% in the last year. The region now generates 7.3% of its electricity from renewable sources - more than 1 GW annually - but this growth is not enough to meet the Government's target of 15% by 2020.

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Installing solar panels on the Met Office roof. Photograph: Sungift Solar

Renewable Energy

Survey reveals farmers’ demand for renewables

More than three quarters of farmers don't feel the potential for on-farm renewable energy is being met, according to new figures.

Renewable Energy

£15m fund launched to help rural communities build renewable energy projects

Rural communities across the South West that want to generate their own clean green power are to be supported with the launch of a £15 million nationwide Government fund.