ScottishPower Renewables to build UK’s largest onshore wind battery

ScottishPower Renewables to build UK’s largest onshore wind battery

Iberdrola, ScottishPower Renewables parent company, has revealed it received approval to begin construction on a 50 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery storage unit at the 539MW Whitelees wind onshore wind development.

Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

The lithium-ion battery will help Whitelee, already one of the largest onshore windfarms in Europe, to generate more renewable power by storing electricity when wind speeds are high, for use when the wind drops.

Inch Cape developer takes out £80m financing on new Scottish wind project

Inch Cape developer takes out £80m financing on new Scottish wind project

The developer of the Inch Cape wind project has announced it has secured £80 million financing against a new Scottish project. Scottish firm Red Rock Power acquired the 50 megawatt (MW) Afton Wind Farm debt-free in October 2018.

The ten biggest projects in European offshore wind powe

The ten biggest projects in European offshore wind powe

This £2.5bn ($3.3bn) project in the UK North Sea received a contract for difference (CfD) back in February 2015 at a strike price of £119.89/MWh. Owner Iberdrola and developer ScottishPower Renewables (a unit of Iberdrola) have begun construction about 73km off the east coast of England and will install 102 7MW Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 turbines, with completion expected next year.

Crown Estate report: ‘No real incentive’ to choose marine energy over wind and solar

Crown Estate report: ‘No real incentive’ to choose marine energy over wind and solar

The Scottish Government public body claimed yesterday that despite the potential of wave and tidal technology there was still a “limited rational” over cheaper alternative power sources. But he added that the report also saw wave and tidal as “important contributors” to local and regional energy sources around the coastal regions of Scotland.

Energy Voice  -  Scottish designed tidal platform generates first power

Energy Voice - Scottish designed tidal platform generates first power

Sustainable Marine Energy’s (SME) PLAT-I tidal energy system was originally developed and tested in Scotland with support provided by Scottish Enterprise. Jason Hayman, the managing director of Sustainable Marine Energy commented: “We are very proud to have achieved this important milestone, as part of our staged testing and demonstration program in Nova Scotia.

Energy Voice  -  ScottishPower to spend £2bn in UK this year

Energy Voice - ScottishPower to spend £2bn in UK this year

From 2018 -2022, ScottishPower will spend £6bn in the UK with 40% on new renewable energy generation, 42% on smarter enhanced networks and 15% on innovative services and products for customers.

Crown Estate grants EMEC extension at tidal test site

Crown Estate grants EMEC extension at tidal test site

Scottish developer Orbital Marine Power recently removed their SR1-2000 tidal turbine from the site, following 3 GWh of generation during their latest testing period.

Scot Gov to turn the tide on £10m marine energy scheme

Scot Gov to turn the tide on £10m marine energy scheme

“This fund provides a timely and appropriate approach for the Scottish Government to support the current needs of the sector and to help ensure Scotland’s huge marine energy potential is realised.” The north of Scotland boasts a clutch of world-leading tidal firms such as Orkney-based Orbital Marine Power and Nova Innovation and Simec Atlantis Energy’s Meygen project in the Pentland Firth.

EDF Energy 'excluded' from Hunterston B parliament briefing

EDF Energy 'excluded' from Hunterston B parliament briefing

EDF Energy has claimed that it was “excluded” from a Scottish Parliament meeting today on the future of its Hunterston nuclear power facility. French-owned EDF said it had tabled an “offer to speak” at the meeting, but received “no response” from Scottish Green West of Scotland MSP Ross Greer.

Scottish Premier Inn becomes first battery-powered hotel in UK

Scottish Premier Inn becomes first battery-powered hotel in UK

Cian Hatton, Whitbread’s head of energy and environment, said: “Batteries are of course everyday items, more commonly associated with powering small household goods like the TV remote control, so it’s incredibly exciting to launch the UK’s first battery-powered hotel – an innovation which will save money, ensure security of supply and support the transition to a more flexible grid.” The hotel chain joins companies including B&Q and Veolia, which both installed lithium ion battery power systems in 2018.

Scottish wind power smashes 100% production threshold

Scottish wind power smashes 100% production threshold

The National Grid energy requirement for November saw wind produce over the required demand on 20 of 30 days. The National Grid said the best day for wind generation was the 28th November generation with produced 116,599 megawatts (MW), enough to power 9.59m homes.

Scottish wind power 'at record levels' during October

Scottish wind power 'at record levels' during October

The vast majority of Scotland’s energy need was met by wind power over the month of October, according to a weather data firm. The amount of generated energy from wind in October was enough to power nearly five million homes across Scotland.

'We're definitely going for' Scottish offshore wind projects, say ScottishPower top dogs

'We're definitely going for' Scottish offshore wind projects, say ScottishPower top dogs

Mr Anderson said: “Our usual model is to develop projects from scratch because that’s the way we get the right sites and get involved in the process.

ScottishPower officially opens £1.2bn German offshore windfarm

ScottishPower officially opens £1.2bn German offshore windfarm

The Wikinger project marks Iberdrola’s entry into the German electricity market, where it has just been given the go-ahead to construct two other offshore wind farms: Baltic Eagle (476 MW) and Wikinger Sud (10 MW).

North-east windfarms get £1m in 'constraint payments'

North-east windfarms get £1m in 'constraint payments'

The high compensation figures, first reported in The Sunday Times, outstrip the previous single-day record of £3m, and have sparked criticism of the Scottish Government’s green energy policy. He said: “The high costs of wind farm constraints result from the Scottish Government’s unbalanced enthusiasm for wind power.

Thousands of customers leave ScottishPower before renewables switch

Thousands of customers leave ScottishPower before renewables switch

Following completion of the deal, which is expected to finalise at the end of the year, Scottish Power will generate 100% of electricity with wind power. Earnings in the renewables business were up 19% in the period to £266.7 million, following the completion of a £650 million investment in onshore windfarms in Scotland.

ScottishPower hits out at accusations of 'short-changing' Scotland supply chain

ScottishPower hits out at accusations of 'short-changing' Scotland supply chain

The energy firm yesterday announced the sale of its gas and hydro assets to Drax Group for £702 million including the Cruachan hydro station in Argyll. The UK energy giant said Scotland accounts for 51% of total expenditure with onshore wind projects adding £297m of “value” to the local community.

Scottish Power becomes first major UK energy company to generate all electricity from wind

Scottish Power becomes first major UK energy company to generate all electricity from wind

While customers will still get some electricity from non-green sources that Scottish Power has purchased from other operators, the company indicated it would now be freed up to invest more in UK renewables.

ScottishPower switches to 100% wind generation following £702million asset sale

ScottishPower switches to 100% wind generation following £702million asset sale

ScottishPower said the sale means it is the UK’s first integrated energy company to completely switch away from coal and gas generation to wind power. ScottishPower said the deal comes as the firm is investing £5.2billion in the next four years on renewable energy, enhanced grid networks and smart technology for customers.

Scotrenewables gains private investment from millionaire inventor

Scotrenewables gains private investment from millionaire inventor

Scottish Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said “I am delighted that Scotrenewables Tidal Power has secured private investment that will support its ongoing development so soon after it announced that its ‘SR2000’ tidal turbine in Orkney – the most powerful turbine deployed in the World – has already generated 3 GWh of electricity to the grid in the past 12 months.