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Octopus Energy Group has added £3.4 billion worth of renewable energy projects to its portfolio with the acquisition of sister company Octopus Renewables. From June the large retailer will manage Octopus Renewables’ European portfolio of more than 300 green assets under new business arm Octopus Energy Generation. Chris Hulatt, co-founder of Octopus Group, the parent company of both businesses, said he hoped the move would unlock a “multitude of new investment opportunities”.
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Crown Estate Scotland has raised the maximum option fees for its ScotWind offshore wind leasing round by ten-fold to £100,000/km². The decision follows a review of the arrangements that was launched after the winners in the Crown Estate’s fourth offshore wind leasing round for England and Wales agreed to pay option fees initially worth £879 million per year for almost 8GW of capacity its first competitive bidding process.
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Countryside campaigners have clashed with other environmental groups over on shore wind farm development which the Campaign to Protect Rural England says is damaging valued landscapes and intruding into some of the most tranquil areas of England.
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Energy firms will again use today's Clean Energy Ministerial in London to announce a raft of new deals. The announcements, including EDF investing further into UK offshore wind and Eon awarding a cable contract for its £736m Humber Gateway wind farm, follow the Prime Minister's remarks about the need for renewable energy to become financially sustainable.
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Some have whispered it: without sufficient gas-fired generation over the coming decade, the lights will go out when the wind is not blowing. Thankfully, the government has started to say it out loud: that flexible gas-fired power generation, which emits about 50 per cent less carbon than coal, is key to the transition to a low-carbon economy.
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Who should lead our power and heat decarbonisation strategy - the market, the government or others? Matthew Leach reports on academic modelling of the options.
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