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News from the UK Power Industry 10th June 2019

Posted by: James Turner
Industry News

Operations begin at world’s largest windfarm in Yorkshire

Operations have officially started at the world’s largest offshore wind farm located off the coast of Yorkshire.

The first Ørsted operational team of 32 have set sail from Grimsby Royal Docks to the 1.2GW Hornsea One offshore wind farm, 120km out to sea. They are part of two shift-based teams responsible for operating and maintaining the wind farm, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout its 25-year lifespan.

To date, more than 50 of the 174 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines are operational and installation is expected to continue until late summer. When fully operational in 2020, the wind farm will generate enough clean electricity to power more than a million homes.

David Coussens, Deputy Operations Manager for Hornsea One, who is leading the first operational team shift said: “Operating a wind farm this far offshore is unprecedented. We’ve had to think creatively and come up with new ways of working to overcome the logistical and technical challenges of operating a massive power station 120km from the shore, about the same distance as Grimsby to Leeds!” Full story.

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Calls for tougher laws for green energy projects

Scottish Power has called for new, tougher climate change laws to help increase green energy projects.

The energy giant said a UK target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 should be made legally binding. The UK government said it was "on a path to become the first major economy to legislate to end our contribution to global warming entirely".

Net-zero is the point where the same volume of greenhouse gases is being emitted as is being absorbed through offsetting techniques like forestry.

The wind farm, developed and operated by Scottish Power Renewables (SPR), consists of 215 turbines, generating up to 539MW of electricity.

A study on behalf of Scottish Power found Whitelee's total generation of green energy to date equated to about 90% of the annual household electricity consumption of Scotland.

Scottish Power Renewables chief executive Lindsay McQuade said: "We know that renewable energy generation needs to quadruple and we know that onshore wind is the cheapest form of green energy. If we are to meet the bold target of net-zero by 2050, our ambition has to be underpinned by legislation.

"UK power sector emissions have continued to fall since the Climate Change Act was passed in 2008, pushing Scotland to become coal-free. The same approach is now needed to ensure industry takes all available measures to increase the amount of new renewable generation that is essential to decarbonisation."

A UK government spokeswoman said: "We lead the world in tackling climate change, being the first country to introduce long-term legally-binding carbon reduction targets. The Committee on Climate Change's report now sets us on a path to become the first major economy to legislate to end our contribution to global warming entirely and we will respond in a timeframe which reflects the urgency of the issue." Full story.

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