Yearly Archives: 2014


RenewableUK has had enough

Eric Pickles has been subjected to criticism recently by Ecotricity’s Dale Vince. Vince decidedly put an end to developing any future wind energy projects in England, claiming Pickles was making the planning process impossible. And it seems Mr Vince is not the only one who has had enough.

RenewableUK, the UK’s leading not for profit renewable energy trade association, has called on the Royal Town Planning Institute to stop the “excessive” interference of Pickles. In an open letter, the trade body has called attention to a number of examples and argued that his actions are bringing onshore wind development in England to a grinding halt. A whopping 88 per cent of the 24 projects reviewed by the Secretary of State have been refused.

They argue decision making should be made by qualified planning professionals and Pickles should not have had the opportunity to extend his recovery powers.

The letter, which is co-signed by companies including EDF, REG, ScottishPower Renewables and EnergieKontor, have expressed concerns over his controlling behaviour. Rather than giving power back to communities, Mr Pickles has further centralised decision making and made a horror show out of wind energy developments in the UK.

We want you, and you, and you…and you!

Fine Energy offer a land rental deal to UK landowners. This essentially means we offer an annual rental income in return for leasing a small portion of your land on which to install a wind turbine. This is typically for a length of 20 years.

We are always looking for potential new sites and if you are interested in exploring the land rental option, as opposed to financing your own wind turbine, then please get in touch!

Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you call us:

Are there any wind turbines in your area? This could include ones you can see from your property, or ones you know of that have been installed locally.

Do you have 3-phase connection at your site? Not a problem if you don’t, it is just useful for us to know.

Have you had articulated lorries to your site? Lorries are used to transport the wind turbine to your site for construction. Again, it’s not the end of the line if not!

We are happy to chat with interested landowners and to answer any questions you may have. Call us on 0121 449 4443 to see if wind could work for you.


E.ON go green

The renewable energy industry is often depicted as waging war on The Big 6 and if this were true, a small victory has just been accomplished through an alliance with E.ON.

This new enthusiasm for green energy stems from the need to respond to changing global markets. The coal and gas plants will not be abandoned, rather this is a new venture which will focus on distributed networks, microgeneration installation and renewables generation.

There are no guarantees that this bold new beginning will work, but the gesture itself is a significant turning point in Europe’s transition to a genuinely low carbon economy.

This is unlikely to be a selfless move on the part of E.ON, we should not view this as an epiphany; however, they have certainly woke up and smelt the coffee as they begin to understand policymakers aren’t bluffing, clean technology improvements aren’t slowing, and the transition to a low carbon economy is really happening.

The world is watching to see if a giant energy company can profitably reinvent itself as a green energy services powerhouse.

We wish them luck.

Wind power meets Farm Power

What if every farm in the UK was generating renewable energy? What if instead of The Big 6, farms played a more important role in the national energy mix by offering independent rural power generation? Well, why not?

Farm Power, an organisation founded by Forum for the Future, Farmers Weekly and Nottingham Trent University, is looking at exactly this. A significant percentage of farmers have already invested in renewable energy, yet the source remains largely untapped. The benefits include reduced farm business costs and the wider community benefit from cleaner, greener energy.

Rural landowners are increasingly looking to diversify their income and land rental is one way in which they can earn money.  Fine Energy offer a guaranteed annual rental deal for 20 years in exchange for leasing a small portion of land on which to install a wind turbine.

This process isn’t without its challenges. Investment in the grid is needed and government policy has been inconsistent. In the case of  wind turbines there exist constraints including radar, telecommunication links, heritage assets and ecology which can rule out development in the very early stages. Even once planning permission is granted, projects can be called in and then refused.

Endurance Wind Power is a manufacturer of wind turbines who actively support the Farm Power project. Their range of small and medium scale machines are installed throughout the UK and the E and X Series turbines have been designed specifically for distributed wind power applications such as farms and dairies.

Lord Curry has championed the initiative, saying “it’s in all our interests to get behind this and champion the benefits, and opportunity, that renewable energy technologies can bring to society and farming”.


Norvento is looking good

Norvento, manufacturer of medium scale wind turbine model the nED100, has already set an impressive daily generation record.

A machine at Slagnaw Farm in Castle Douglas, Scotland, yielded 2035kWh on 25 October and 2177kWh the following day. According to the figures provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, this combined total matches the annual electricity consumption of a family home in the UK.

“This performance milestone is very pleasing but hardly comes as a surprise,” said Norvento director of UK business development Ivo Arnús. “We are continuously striving to refine nED100 as a product.

Having already sealed a deal for a portfolio of seven sites in Scotland earlier this year, Norvento looks set to be a leading manufacturer in the UK.