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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 (MCZ) network. Marinet believes this is an extraordinary situation because co-location, with marine reserves established in […]

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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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Major offshore windfarm in the Bristol Channel is axed

The Guardian reports, 26th November 2013: “Britain’s green ambitions have been dealt a blow as a big six energy company has pulled the plug on one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms, with the political storm enveloping the industry threatening the multibillion-pound investments needed to meet emissions targets and head off a looming capacity crunch. […]

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Pentland Firth Tidal Turbine Project gets go-ahead

Work is to begin on the largest tidal energy project in Europe after the Scottish government granted permission. 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 […]

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Parliamentary Briefing favours incremental approach to tidal power

A tidal energy barrage across the Severn Estuary could produce up to 5% of the UK’s electricity demand. However predicting environmental impacts of such a Barrage suffers from a lack of real data for computer modelling and a lack of similar estuaries and similar barrages to check modelling. The Eastern Scheldt provides some useful information […]

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Marinet comments on Swansea “tidal lagoon” proposal

On 9th April we reported on a project to power 107,000 homes, using a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, which is seeking £10m of funding from the public.The first of its kind in the world, the scheme intends to generate up to 250MW of renewable power by capturing tidal differences in an artificial lagoon, to […]

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Threat to Wind Turbines – bad vibrations

Medium-sized waves such as those occurring in even small storms, can snap offshore wind turbines like matchsticks. For wind turbines at sea with a cylinder diameter of eight metres, the most endangering waves are those that are more than 13 metres high and have an 11-second interval between them. Such storms and waves are frequent […]

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Electricity generating “tidal lagoon” proposed for Swansea Bay

A project to power 107,000 homes using a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay is seeking £10m of funding from the public. The first of its kind in the UK, the scheme intends to generate up to 250MW of renewable power by harnessing the tides to drive enormous turbines, enough to meet Swansea’s annual domestic electricity […]

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Cornwall announces £2 million fund for marine renewables development

To further strengthen Cornwall’s position as a leading centre for marine energy, approximately £2m of Convergence European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been made available for marine renewables companies. The GBI (R&D) fund is available to those currently working on concept or prototype development; as well as early stage demonstration or deployment of marine renewable […]

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New investment in UK marine renewable energy

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) reports, 28th February 2013: “The REA welcomes the news that several marine renewables projects are set to progress having been successful in securing funding. “MeyGen Ltd and Sea Generation Wales Ltd have won £10 million each under the Government’s Marine Energy Array Demonstrator scheme (MEAD), which will progress their tidal […]

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Number of European offshore wind installations continues to grow

Europe installed and grid connected 293 offshore wind turbines in 2012 – more than one per working day. This brings the total to 1,662 turbines, in 55 offshore wind farms in European countries. The 293 turbines installed in 2012 represent 1,165 Megawatts (MW), an increase of 33% compared to 2011 installations of 874 MW. This […]

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Warning to MPs from wildlife NGOs about the dangers of a Severn Barrage

A Consortium of wildlife NGOs (see list of members at foot of this report) has told the House of Commons Energy & Climate Committee they all supported tidal energy development in the Severn, but that the current proposal, from Hafren Power, lacked detail and claims that it would not unacceptably damage wildlife and large areas of […]

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