16 March '10
1:49 PM UTC
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Scottish and Southern’s Renewable Energy Sub. To Develop 400 MW of Wave & Tidal-Powered Projects

Scotland: The Saudi Arabia of tidal and wave power!

SSE Renewables, the renewable energy unit of Scottish and Southern Energy, was awarded exclusive rights to develop up to 400 megawatts of wave and tidal-powered electricity in and around the Scottish coast as part of a massive tender administered by the Crown Estate.

The Crown Estate also awarded leases to Iberdrola of Spain, the U.K. unit of ScottishPower, and Germany’s E.ON. Read More »

8 January '10
9:33 AM UTC
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UK Launches £75B Offshore Wind Development [Update]

Who would have thought that the British offshore would supply so much of the UK’s energy needs. In the 70′s the country tapped the North Sea’s formidable oil and gas reserves, pressed by the squeeze brought on by the Middle East oil and gas embargo. That was then. Today, the Gordon Brown government launched a new, greener phase of the country’s offshore development, as it announced an ambitious £75 billion ($119 billion) project to build thousands of offshore wind turbines. The development is part of the country’s ambitious Round 3 of bids for leasing of portions of the British sea bed. Read More »

4 January '10
9:57 AM UTC
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Gordon Brown to Launch £100B Offshore Wind Development

The UK seeks to install 3,500 offhsore turbines over the next decade

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is expected to kick start this week an ambitious £100 billion ($162 billion) development of the British seabed to install massive offshore wind farms.

The wind farms could, at least on paper, provide power to most of Britain’s households. Read More »

17 July '09
9:21 AM UTC
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London Array Wind Project Applies for £1bn Loan

The consortium behind the massive offshore wind project being developed in the Thames Estuary has filed an application with the European Investment Bank for a £1 billion loan ($1.62 billion).

The wind farm, which could produce an initial 613 megawatts of electricity, and when fully developed up to 1,000 megawatts, is one of a number of offshore wind projects under development in the UK. By 2020 the government says it expects to generate about 33 gigawatts of electricity from offshore wind.

The consortium backing London Array consists of Denmark’s DONG Energy, which holds a 50  percent stake,  E.ON UK, the British unit of German utility E.ON, holds a 30 percent stake and Masdar, the Abu Dhabi clean tech investment group, has the remaining 20 percent.

The project was delayed when initial backer Royal Dutch Shell walked out. The Anglo-Dutch major has since said that when it comes to green investments it will focus on biofuels instead of wind and solar, where the company says investment returns are too small.

Following the relaunch of the project DONG secured up to 500 turbines from Siemens. By 2012 Array is expected to produce 613 megawatts of electricity.

The UK, which unlike Germany and Spain, largely stayed away from clean energies, is now eager to catch up and plans to do that by harnessing its vast offshore potential. The Crown Estate, an independent body that owns most of the seabed around the UK shores,  recently launched Round 3 of bids for leasing to add 25 gigawatts of offshore wind generation by 2020. That’s on top of the 8 gigawatts of capacity currently being built as part of the Round 2 bids.

A spokeswoman for the EIB says London Array is under appraisal, reports .

15 April '09
6:04 PM UTC
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Airtricity and Fluor join forces in UK windfarm bid

, Scottish & Southern’s clean energy unit, has with engineering firm to form a consortium called Seagreen Wind Energy to participate in the UK government’s third bidding round for the construction of offshore wind farms.

The bidding is managed by , a state-owned company which owns all the seabed within 12 nautical miles of the UK coast. It has so far received bids from 18 firms to develop round three farms, which will help the UK develop 25 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2020.

A winning bid is expected to be announced by the Crown Estate by the end of the year.

This is SSE’s second consortium specifically formed to bid in the round three offshore projects. It also joined forces with German utility and two Norwegian groups, and to form a consortium called Forewind.

StatoilHydro is jointly developing the 315-megawatt  Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm with fellow Norwegian energy company Statkraft.