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World’s largest offshore wind farm to be built off Yorkshire coast

The Guardian reports, 3rd February 2016: An offshore windfarm is to be built off the UK coast. The Hornsea Project One will be located around 120km off the Yorkshire coast, and span more than 407km square. Dong Energy said its multi-billion pound Hornsea project, which is expected when complete to power as many as 1m […]

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UK Government ambivalent over Swansea tidal lagoon

The Guardian reports, 10th February 2016: The future of a revolutionary plan to generate electricity from a lagoon in Swansea Bay has been thrown into further doubt after the UK government unveiled plans for a six-month review of the wider tidal power sector. The promoters of the £1bn plan, Tidal Lagoon Power, said it welcomed […]

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Tidal project to connect Scotland with Cumbria

Tidal Energy Today reports, 25th December 2015: North West Energy Squared (NWE²) is planning to build a tidal energy barrage that would link Cumbria with Scotland in addition to producing clean energy. The company plans to construct a tidal barrage across the Solway Estuary that would incorporate a road which would halve the distance between […]

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Tidal Turbine installed on seabed off Welsh coast

BBC News reports, 13th December 2015: A giant tidal turbine has been settled on the seabed between Ramsey Island and the mainland near St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire. The 12m (39ft) DeltaStream device could produce enough power for between 400 and 600 homes. It was transported by an offshore construction vessel which usually works in the […]

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Swansea Bay tidal lagoon construction delayed

Tidal Energy Today reports, 2nd October 2015: The construction works on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon have been postponed due to delays in agreeing the subsidy with the UK government. The building of the lagoon’s wall was planned for the spring of 2016, but since the UK government is trailing with the finalization of contract […]

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Government rejects major windfarm off Dorset coast

The Guardian reports, 11th September 2015: The government has turned down an application to build a £3.5bn windfarm off the south coast of England in another major blow to the green energy industry under the Conservatives. The decision on the Navitus Bay project off Dorset was unveiled by Lord Bourne, the energy minister, even as […]

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New design for UK offshore tidal turbines

The Guardian reports, 7th August 2015: A British company has announced plans for an array of unique marine turbines that can operate in shallower and slower-moving water than current designs. Kepler Energy, whose technology is being developed by Oxford University’s department of engineering science, says the turbines will in time produce electricity more cheaply than […]

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Marinet raises co-location principle for MCZs with UK Marine Minister

Marinet has written a letter, dated 13th March 2015, to the UK’s Minister for Marine Affairs about the failure to develop the co-location principle whereby MCZs are located in conjunction with sites featuring commercial use of the sea.

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Scottish Government accused of abandoning wave power

The Guardian reports, 9th December 2014: “The Scottish government has been accused of abandoning wave power after one leading company has been forced into administration and another has had to shed most of its staff. Pelamis, developers of a floating offshore wave energy converter that looks like a large red sea snake, collapsed suddenly into […]

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Offshore wind could be one-third cheaper, says energy company

Greenpeace reports, 14th November 2014: “UK offshore wind could be priced at £100/mwh by the early 2020s — £50 cheaper than it is currently — if a strong decarbonisation target is put in place by the next parliament, according to industry giant, Siemens. The comments came at an industry event sponsored by the Green Alliance. […]

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Erosion threatens Scroby windfarm stability

The continuing dredging of aggregate in close proximity to the Scroby wind turbines has brought about a considerable reduction to the Scroby Sandbank and loss of the seabed, to the extent that the wind turbines embedded nearby are now threatened with instability. Three years ago the deeply entrenched power line taking the generated power from […]

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North Norfolk fishermen angered by fishing ban

The fishermen of North Norfolk are seething over a high court injunction taken out against them by Dong Energy to stop them fishing in their best area of The Wash until 22nd October whilst offshore geophysical surveys are undertaken prior to establishing a major wind farm project. The area in question has thousands of crab […]

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UK government approves large windfarm off Sussex coast

BBC News reports, 16th July 2014: “A wind farm off the Sussex coast which could generate enough electricity to power 450,000 homes has been approved by the government. The 700 megawatt Rampion wind farm would consist of up to 175 turbines built eight miles (13km) off the coast between Peacehaven and Worthing. The government said […]

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Seal of Approval for Windfarms

Since their construction, the eighty-eight wind turbines of Sheringham ShoalA sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow windfarm off the North Norfolk Coast have come under fire from critics, some of them claiming that their views from Blakeney Point have been spoilt and others that they would inhibit the fishing and wildlife of the […]

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Marinet asks: Does “co-location” feature in anyone’s thinking for effective MCZ delivery?

Marinet observes that co-location — where marine reserves exist in conjunction with other licensed uses of the sea — appears to have been forgotten or ignored by nearly all conservation practitioners in the delivery of the UK marine conservation (MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone) network. Marinet believes this is an extraordinary situation because co-location, with […]

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Seaweed farming along Norfolk and Suffolk’s coast

On 27th March a conference organised by Norfolk County Council, The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the North Sea Marine Cluster entitled ‘Growing a Seaweed Economy in East Anglia’ was held at the King’s Centre, Norwich, which brought seaweed experts from The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and many parts of […]

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UK government acts to give price support for offshore wind energy

The Guardian reports, 4th December 2013: “The government has responded to a growing investment crisis with the country’s offshore wind programme by pulling back on plans to make heavy cuts in subsidies for the power source. After the German firm RWE told of its plans to shelve the 240-turbine Atlantic Array windfarm off Devon, the […]

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Is economics, rather than conservation, behind recent offshore windfarm cancellations?

The Guardian reports, 13th December 2013: “Scottish Power has abandoned a £5.4bn plan to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm, after four years of planning, because it is “not financially viable”. The decision not to go ahead with the Argyll Array, which would have provided green energy for 1 million homes, is another blow […]

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Argyll Array offshore windfarm development cancelled

The Guardian reports, 13th December 2013: “Plans to establish a major new windfarm in the waters of the Inner Hebrides have been dropped by energy company ScottishPower Renewables. The company said the Argyll Array project was currently not financially viable in the short term. It said hard rock at the site, off the coast of […]

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Floating offshore wind farms could be more cost-effective

The Observer reports, 24th November 2013: “A floating wind farm, which ministers hope could hold the key to cutting the cost of renewable energy, has been given the go-ahead by the Crown Estate. The Buchan Deep project will see five turbines with a combined power of 30 megawatts installed by the Norwegian oil company Statoil […]

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