Black Month For UK Renewables As More Projects Are Axed Than Approved
The UK renewable energy industry has lost 4.4GW of planned electricity generation since the beginning of February – the equivalent capacity of more than two nuclear power stations.
In a series of setbacks to the Government’s legally binding target of matching 15% of the country’s energy needs from renewables by 2020, seven key installations have either been shelved, scaled back or are now stalled in the past four weeks.
This week, the developers of the £250m Blyth biomass power station blamed a lack of clear Government support for their decision to pull the plug on plans for the 100MW installation.
The shock decision capped a terrible period for the utility-scale renewable energy sector, which listed a catalogue of pulled schemes, including:
* Thames Array second phase: 240MW AXED
* Dalnessie wind farm (SSE): 81MW AXED
* Fairburn wind farm (SSE): 36MW AXED
* Navitus Bay: 130MW SCALED BACK
* Dogger Bank (Forewind) 1.8GW SCALED BACK
* Blyth Biomass Power Station (RES): 110MW AXED
* Eggborough Biomass Power Station (Eggborough Power): 2GW STALLED
The combined loss of 4.4GW of energy potential follows the news at the end of last year of abandoned plans for Scottish Power’s Argyll Array and RWE’s Atlantic Array, which wiped out 3GW of the UK’s green energy capacity ambitions.
There is currently 20MW of renewable energy projects currently awaiting approval in the UK. However, according to the latest official figures, just 13 new renewable energy projects have been submitted for official sign-off since the beginning of 2014.