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

Hinkley Point C nuclear plant is given planning approval

Planning consent was given today for the construction of Hinkley Point C, the first new nuclear power station in the UK since 1995. The planned multi-billion pound project in Somerset  – to be operated by NNB Generation - will generate enough low carbon electricity to power the equivalent of five million households, making it one of the largest power stations in the UK.

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How the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant will look. Image: EDF

Renewable Energy

World's largest concentrated solar power plant is launched

As with many developments in the Middle East, superlatives are necessary to describe the scale of achievement. Hence it is no surprise that the the world's largest concentrated solar power plant has started operations there.

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The Sham1 CSP plant

Renewable Energy

REA survey shows low confidence in renewables sector

The REA's first ever survey of renewable energy sector confidence has revealed a disappointing score of 47%. The Association developed the confidence index to capture the outlook for the renewables industry in relation to turnover, new business and employment, as well as relevant regulatory regimes and confidence in the UK meeting its 15% renewable energy target by 2020.

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Source: Eurostat

Renewable Energy

How the South West is missing out on 24,000 renewable energy jobs

The South West is at risk of missing out on the opportunity to create 24,000 new jobs in renewable energy by 2020. A Regen SW report "Potential Energy – Potential Jobs: building a low carbon economy in south west England" analyses progress in renewable energy technologies like wind, solar, marine and biomass.

Renewable Energy

Conference to discuss Severn Estuary tidal energy

Bristol Port, Regen SW and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will be hosting a conference at UWE Bristol in April to develop a sustainable approach to tidal energy generation on the Severn Estuary.

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Image: Andy Stott, www.geograph.org

Renewable Energy

Government moves to increase investor confidence in renewables

Developers of renewable electricity projects will be able to apply for support to enable them to commission and build projects more quickly.

Renewable Energy

Severn Barrage in jeopardy as Greg Barker refuses to support it

Energy and Climate Change minister Greg Barker today ruled out supporting the Severn Barrage in principle ahead of Hafren Power producing details of the scheme. The decision puts the £25bn project in jeopardy because the company said it would only proceed if the government made an immediate statement of support.

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The proposed Severn Barrage

Renewable Energy

Regen SW Select Committee evidence further challenges viability of proposed Severn Barrage

Regen SW has submitted additional evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee that further challenges the viability of the proposed Severn Barrage. The Exeter-based centre for sustainable and renewable energy says the technology necessary for the project is not even at concept stage and the proposed timescale for the start of the barrage cannot be met.

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The Severn Barrage