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Largest Tidal Turbine Energy Project

Work is to begin on the largest tidal turbine energy project in Europe after the Scottish government approved it.

MeyGen is to install the tidal array in stages in the Pentland Firth, between Orkney and the Scottish mainland.

It will begin with a 9MW demonstration project of up to six turbines, with construction expected to take place on a phased basis until 2020.

When fully operational, the 86MW array could generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 42,000 homes.

Households cut energy use by a quarter

Households in England and Wales cut their energy use by a quarter over a six year period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Average consumption of gas and electricity fell by 24.7% between 2005 and 2011.

Source - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23723385

British Gas owner Centrica sees half-year profits rise

British Gas owner Centrica has reported a rise in half-year profits, after the unusually cold winter boosted gas consumption.

Centrica's adjusted operating profit rose 9% to £1.58bn for the six months to 30 June, up from £1.45bn for the same period in 2012.

Source - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23513305

Energy Minister says 'lights will stay on' despite Ofgem warning

The Energy Minister has insisted Britain's lights "will stay on" despite warnings from the energy regulator that the UK is facing power shortages by the middle of the decade.

A report by Ofgem said that spare electricity power production capacity could fall to 2% by 2015, increasing the risk of blackouts.

More investment in power generation and other action is needed to protect consumers, it added.

But the minister in charge Michael Fallon denied claims that businesses would be asked to switch off power for some periods.

South Hook power station plans handed to UK government

Plans for a 500MW gas fired power station in Pembrokeshire are to be examined by the UK government.

The Planning Inspectorate said it had accepted the South Hook power plant proposal for further scrutiny.

A final decision on building it will be made by Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles.

The plant at the LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal near Milford Haven would produce enough electricity to power 900,000 homes.

Source - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23100579

Ofgem warns of power shortage risk

The danger of power shortages in the UK by the middle of the decade has risen, according to industry regulator Ofgem.

Spare electricity power production capacity could fall to 2% by 2015, increasing the risk of blackouts.

Source - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23081695

Protest 'tea party' held at Balcombe borehole site

ampaigners have held a "British tea party" outside a site in West Sussex where energy company Cuadrilla wants to test drill for oil and gas.

The protest at the Lower Stumble site followed the setting up of a drilling rig to bore for water samples, which residents said took them by surprise.

The Environment Agency said it was considering an application from Cuadrilla for a waste water permit.

Cuadrilla said it had held a public meeting which 400 residents attended.

Water quality tests

Planning application for Atlantic Array wind farm

A planning application for a major offshore wind farm has been submitted in Devon.

The Atlantic Array project involves installing up to 240 wind turbines nine miles (16km) off the coast of north Devon.

Developer Channel Energy Ltd previously scaled-back the number of turbines following a consultation period.

The Planning Inspectorate will look at the application and decide whether or not to accept it for consideration.

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council have a role to play in the process if it is accepted for consideration.

Npower accused of £108m tax dodge

Npower has come under fire from tax campaigners for offshore arrangements they say allow it to dodge £108 million of payments to the Exchequer. 

Owner RWE has loaned Npower £2.3 billion since 2008 through Maltese company Scaris, according to a report by lobby group 38 Degrees. Npower paid £463 million in interest through the same route over that period, reducing its taxable profits. 

Eon boss hits out over EU ETS failure

Eon boss Johannes Teysson has lashed out at politicians for failing to rescue the EU emissions trading system (ETS). Anyone who claims Europe is a pioneer of climate protection "should be ashamed", he told the German daily newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung. 

Teysson urged swift action to revive the ETS, which was designed to protect the environment by making low carbon investment more competitive.

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