New nuclear in the UK – post Weightman

SellaField nuclear power Plant

In 2009 government announced plans to build 10 new nuclear power plants to replace the ageing sites that provide 18% of the UK’s electricity. But the Fukushima disaster in Japan had international repercussions and, despite reassuring words from government and some key industry stakeholders, th

Siemens wind turbine site to create “jobs bonanza”

Posted on 14 Dec 2011 by

Siemens and Associated British Ports submitted plans for the development of a £210m wind turbine factory expected to create 700 jobs in Hull.

This was deemed a “significant milestone” as Siemens and ABP jointly applied to the city council to develop the Green Port Hull initiative on a 100-hectare s…

Government’s feed-in tariff changes to cost solar jobs

Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by Tim Brown

Thousands of workers at one of the country’s largest solar panel businesses have been put on notice of redundancy on the back of the Government’s decision to cut the subsidy for solar PV under the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

According to the Birmingham Post, Carillion Energy Services – which is part of th…

Offshore industry boost for the North East

Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by

The North East has secured two new renewable energy hubs.

The Centres for Offshore Renewable Engineering signal a welcome boost to manufacturing in the North East, arriving as part of the government’s £5bn infrastructure plan.

The Government has designated five sites in the UK as Centres for Offs…

The Royal Mint achieves gold standard in energy management

Presentation of ISO 50001 to Royal Mint
Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by

The Royal Mint became one of the first organisations in the world to achieve certification for the International Standard for Energy Management (ISO 50001) today.

Released in June 2011, ISO 50001 is the most robust framework for optimising energy efficiency. The certification has been awarded b…

UK economy on track to meet carbon targets

Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne
Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by

The task of rebalancing the UK economy away from carbon is well-progressed and is set to result in greater energy security and the development of new innovative technologies, the government’s Carbon Plan showed today.

The Carbon Plan has set out the UK’s progress in cutting emissions and as…

Growing a green economy

Rhodes Superplastic Forming and Diffusion Bonding (SPF/DB) Presses are specifically designed for high temperature forming of titanium and aluminium alloys, primarily for the aerospace industry.

In a period of difficult economic recovery what the UK needs most is sustainable growth. However if this is to be truly sustainable, we need to both rebalance and decarbonise our economy. The problem is that policies in these two areas are often pulling in different directions.

This may be a natural r…

Chris Huhne opens UK’s first carbon capture and storage plant

Chris Huhne Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Posted on 30 Nov 2011 by

UK carbon capture and storage technology took a major step forward today as Energy Secretary Chris Huhne launched a flagship test programme in Yorkshire called CCPilot 100+.

The project is worth more than £20m, setting up a partnership between partners in the energy sector; Scottish and Southern …

Prime Minister David Cameron backs drive in wind investment

David Cameron, Prime Minister
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by

Investment funds, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds are among groups today being asked to join the UK’s renewable energy revolution and invest in large offshore wind projects.

At a conference in London, MPs will meet potential investors in offshore wind projects to establish what can be do…

£2.4m wired to the energy network

wind turbine coast
Posted on 28 Nov 2011 by

A four year government-funded programme that aims to develop new technologies to help meet the needs of the UK’s future power systems will kick-off with investment of £2.4 million in feasibility studies.

This is inestment is designed to stimulate innovation in automated power distribution and …