Scotland gets First Marine Energy Park

The UK’s very first marine energy park, the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Energy Park, is to be built in Scottish waters. Announced at the end of July by climate change minister Greg Barker, the new initiative will drive developments in wave and tidal power.

The Park will incorporate the existing European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) off the coast of Orkney, already home to a number of marine energy trials such as E.ON’s Pelamis wave machine. - Read more »

UK Energy Industry Leads the World

The UK’s power production industry has come out on top in a survey by the American Council for Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The study looked at 12 of the world’s largest energy producing economies, analysing a range of areas such as fuel economy and energy efficiency targets.

Praising the UK’s performance, ACEEE executive director, Steve Nadel, commented that ‘...countries using energy more efficiently require fewer resources to achieve the same goals, thus reducing costs, preserving valuable natural resources and creating jobs.’ - Read more »

Ofgem Investment ‘Not Enough’ says National Grid

Ofgem’s announcement that it is planning to spend £22 billion on improving the UK’s energy infrastructure has been met with criticism by National Grid. In an immediate response to the energy regulator’s proposals, National Grid described the investment amount as not enough ‘ provide safe, reliable networks (and) build the energy system that our customers will need in the future, whether in transmission or distribution infrastructure.’ - Read more »

Poll Shows Public Support for Renewables

A survey by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has shown that most people in the UK are in favour of continuing to grow our renewable energy generation capacity. However, little is known about some of the key clean energy technologies. - Read more »

Wilding Project Round-Up

Work continues at pace with our many onshore and offshore substation construction projects across the UK. Here’s a quick progress update on just three of the major projects we’re currently working on, or where we have recently completed our part of the work. - Read more »

Government Approves Race Bank and Dudgeon Wind Farms

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has granted planning consent for two new offshore wind farms off the north Norfolk coast. Race Bank and Dudgeon, which will be built by Centrica and Warwick Energy respectively, are Round 2 wind farms. Originally expected to receive planning consent last year, the delay will see the wind farms being built alongside a number of Round 3 projects. - Read more »

Renewable Generation Hits Record Levels

Government figures for the first quarter of 2012 have shown that the UK is producing more clean energy than ever before, with renewable sources accounting for over 11% of total generation. A massive 11.08TWh of renewable electricity was generated between January and March 2012 – 39% more than the same period in 2010. - Read more »

London Array Substation Scoops Top Award

The onshore substation for the London Array Offshore Wind Farm – a Wilding Construction project – has won the Brassey Award for Best Overall Project at the 2012 Kent & East Sussex Engineering Excellence Awards. The 400Kv/150Kv structure, completed last year, was highly praised by the judging panel. - Read more »

Scotland Steams Ahead in ‘Renewables Race’

The Scottish renewables industry will receive an unprecedented boost over the next five or six years as a massive £8 billion is poured into building new projects and developing the country’s renewable technology manufacturing sector. Scotland currently lies second in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s renewable investment league, with £1.7 billion worth of projects completed and more than 4,400 new jobs created last year. - Read more »

Offshore Wind Could Power 100,000 Jobs by 2020

A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has revealed that by 2020, the offshore wind industry could provide up to 100,000 jobs and make up 0.4% of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The report was commissioned by Mainstream Renewable Power, a project development organisation that is working to achieve 100% of electricity generation from renewable sources. - Read more »

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