Scotland’s Renewable Energy Target Raised to 80%

Scotland’s renewable electricity target for the next decade is being raised from 50% to 80%. First Minister Alex Salmond has confirmed the Scottish Government’s increased national target – now 80% of Scottish electricity consumption to come from renewables by 2020 – ahead of a major international conference – Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference – next … Read more

Gaelectric Secures Planning Approval For of €22 Million Wind Farm in Tyrone

Gaelectric, the Irish renewable energy company, has received planning approval for a 11.5 megawatt (MW) wind farm at Cregganconroe, Pomeroy, County Tyrone. The wind farm development will consist of five wind turbines and will be capable of generating energy equivalent to the average annual electricity consumption of approximately 6500 homes. The Cregganconroe wind farm will … Read more

Europe’s Largest Wind Farm Set for Expansion

ScottishPower Renewables is to expand the capacity of its Whitelee wind farm by 217 megawatts (MW) to 539 megawatts, cementing its position as the largest wind farm in Europe. Using Alstom technology, the new capacity is slated to come on stream in 2012. The project will use 69 Alstom ECO 100 wind turbines with a … Read more

Healthcare Companies Plan Joint €30m Wind Energy Project in Cork

Four healthcare companies, based at Ringskiddy penisula, County Cork, have combined to develop a Eur30 million wind energy project to cut their electricity costs while also reducing their environmental impact. Centocor, DePuy, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis have formed the Cork Lower Harbour Energy Group, which plans to build a total of seven 118m wind turbines on … Read more

ESB Advances Wind Farm Portfolio in Northern Ireland

ESB is to begin construction this week on a new wind farm in County Derry. The project, Curryfree wind farm, is located between Dunamanagh and new buildings and work are due to be completed by August 2011. When completed it will generate enough renewable energy to power 8,000 homes. The wind farm, 7km South of … Read more

Offshore Wind Heads for Record Year in Europe

118 new offshore wind turbines were fully connected to the grid in the first half of 2010 according to new statistics released by European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Those 118 turbines have a capacity of 333 MW – well over half the 577MW installed offshore last year – showing continuing strong growth in offshore wind … Read more

GE Energy Teams Up with Norwegian and Swedish Energy Companies in Growing European Offshore Wind Sector

GE Energy plans to install up to five offshore demonstration wind turbines through two separate partnerships within the Norwegian and Swedish offshore wind industries. Both initiatives will feature the largest wind turbine in GE’s fleet, a 4.0-megawatt machine that includes a 110 meter rotor. GE’s 4.0-110 incorporates advanced drive train and control technologies and GE’s … Read more