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UrbanWind chief condemns government fracking plans

Paul McCullagh, chief executive of UrbanWind Paul McCullagh, ceo of Glasgow-based UrbanWind, has accused the government of being driven by ‘desperation’ and ‘beset by panic’, following controversial plans to relax trespass laws for fracking.


Two minutes with 4Eco

Who are you? Jodi Huggett, business development director at 4Eco


NSC gathers pace

The National Solar Centre continues to ramp up its activities and outputs, reports Steve Pester, BRE


Vergnet launches UK O&M service

French wind turbine manufacturer Vergnet has announced the opening of a dedicated UK Operations and Maintenance (O&M) service for the UK market.


Ecotricity saves Evance from administration

Evance’s R9000 turbine model Green electricity provider Ecotricity has bought small wind turbine manufacturer Evance out of administration.


DECC proposes solar RO scrapping

DECC has proposed closing the Renewables Obligation (RO) to 5MW+ solar farm applications from April 2015.


Q&A – Kevin Arthur, Oxford PV

What have you got planned for the rest of 2014? We’ll be pushing ahead towards a power conversion efficiency of 20 percent and working on achieving the stability that is needed for our PV technology to be incorporated into buildings. At the same time, we will be exploring the utility market and will also be launching a pretty major funding round. The team is likely to expand by another 15-10 people too. It’s going to be a busy nine months!


Tories pledge to end onshore wind subsidy

RenewableUK has spoken out against the Conservative Party’s plans to scrap subsidy for onshore wind, should they win the 2015 general election.


UrbanWind chief questions Cameron’s commitment to renewables

Paul McCullagh, chief executive of UrbanWind Paul McCullagh, ceo of Glasgow-based UrbanWind, has called for prime minister David Cameron to “show some much needed leadership and make a clear commitment to renewable technology” following the conclusions of yesterday’s IPCC report.


Industry slams budget for costing the earth

Leading figures in the renewables sector have hit back at the chancellor’s budget announcement for failing to put the environment before short term economics.


2013 – a bumper year for wind power

Provisional statistics released today by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that the amount of electricity produced by wind grew 38 percent from 2012 to 2013. In total the amount of energy generated by wind grew from 5.5 percent in the mix in 2012 to 7.7 percent in 2013.


Current affairs

By guest columnist Bill Wright, head of energy solutions, Electrical Contractors’ Association