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Renewables

Renewables

Boost For Offshore Wind As BEIS Awards CfDs for 3.2GW Of New Capacity

Recent speculation in the UK energy sector was correct – the 2nd Contract for Difference (CfD) auction for offshore wind did indeed produce an incredible result, with a strike price of £57.50 per MWh being achieved for two highly significant offshore wind projects.
The results released yesterday by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), confirmed that contracts for 3.2GW of new capacity have been awarded to three offshore wind projects: the 860MW Triton Knoll Wind Farm, the 1.4GW Hornsea Project Two Wind Farm and the 950MW Moray Offshore (East) Wind Farm.

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Mitigating The Challenges Of Shared Grid Connections and Co-location

It was with a sense of intrigue and fascination that the term “shared grid connection” popped up in discussions that we had with clients and developers some time ago now. With growing pressure on DNOs to connect projects and meet connection dates, the closure of subsidy regimes, and availability of capacity at a premium, a number of clients and developers across the UK started to look beyond the traditional grid connection arrangements to ensure that projects could be connected to the grid more quickly and efficiently.

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Talking Climate Change with our Scottish Renewables Awards Finalist

Building a sustainable future has arguably never been more important than it is today.

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Crown Estate Changes – The Impact on Scotland’s Marine Renewables Industry

Criag Whelton

As landlord of the seabed, the Crown Estate has responsibility for granting lease rights to offshore marine developers for wave, tidal and offshore wind schemes.   Later this year that function will transfer on an interim basis to the Crown Estate Scotland Interim Management.

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Success At The Scottish Green Energy Awards

I was delighted to hear that a number of our clients had been successful at last week’s Scottish Green Energy Awards Dinner. In particular, it was great to see that Glasgow Science Centre had received well-deserved recognition – in the form of the “Champions for Renewables Award” - for the highly-successful “Powering the Future” exhibition which it developed in partnership with a range of major private sector players in the energy field, as well as public sector partners.

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Presenting At The UN Climate Change Conference

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech came to a close earlier this month.  It was an anything but ordinary experience for me as I swapped a week in the office in Edinburgh for the rare opportunity to attend and speak at the UN conference on behalf of the 2050 Climate Group, Scotland’s youth climate group.  As the only organisation from Scotland invited to present at the conference, we were very proud to be there!

I am really enjoying volunteering with the 2050 Climate Group alongside my day job as a lawyer at Burness Paull.  Despite the

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Looking On The Bright Side...

Neil Bruce

The concept of solar power in Scotland is often met with a raised eyebrow and quips about our beautiful country’s weather.  But, looking beyond the cynicism, the reality is this – it does work, and there are opportunities (as highlighted to me as I attended Scottish Renewables’ inaugural solar conference and exhibition on Tuesday this week).

So where is the industry at the moment?  Deployment of solar PV in Scotland is currently around 200MW (leaving aside the position of solar thermal, the market for which has struggled and which could be the subject of a separate blog it

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Brexit and Renewables: What Lies Ahead?

The Brexit result was just a short time ago and already much has been written about its potential impact on the UK’s renewables industry.  Common themes that have emerged are loss of investor confidence, concerns over energy security and delays in much needed investment into the UK’s energy infrastructure.  At best, the commentary can be described as well informed speculation.  The truth is that nobody can predict the impact with any degree of certainty.

Certainty is something that has been sadly lacking for some time within the context of the UK’s renewables industry

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Winds Of Change – Reasons To Be Positive

Craig Whelton

The renewables industry will gather in Edinburgh tomorrow for the annual Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards.  It is always a fantastic occasion, and an opportunity for all those in the industry to look back on the last twelve months, and forward to what the next twelve may bring.

2015 has been a challenging year for the industry, and for the onshore wind sector in particular.

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LChalmers

Pre-Accreditation – UK Government Confirms Further FiT Blow

Peter Ward

Following on from our note on the proposed amendments to the administration of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme (“FiT”), the UK Government have now confirmed their intention to end pre-accreditation for renewable energy projects.

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