Sellafield workers prepare for industrial strike

Sellafield workers are getting ready to hold an industrial action ballot in a dispute over pay. Unite and GMB members in the nuclear reprocessing plant will hold the ballot over a 1.5 percent payoffer that’s been enforced by management. GMB intends to ballot its 3,000 members, asserting Sellafield has ignored repeated requests for talks. Its ballot starts on Monday, August 14 and will close on Monday. Unite’s shop stewards decided at a meeting last Friday to proceed with the union’s 2,000 members’ ballot in the site. Members can anticipate ballot…

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Shetland Islands smart grid trial hailed as success

The system operator claims its five year long Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project has shown that the capability of smart grids to work reliably with high levels of renewable penetration. In addition, it has demonstrated scope for integrating countless UK home appliances into electricity distribution networks, SSEN that was stated. The scheme examined using a new active network management (ANM) management system along with nationally demand-side reaction (DSR) and also utility-scale energy storage to enable the greater integration of renewables into the islanded power grid. “By creating flexible…

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Drax biomass plan blow as EC launches aid investigation

The hopes of securing lucrative subsidies for the biomass conservion of Drax have suffered a setback following the European Commission started the full state assistance investigation over concerns the payments may be too generous. The Yorkshire-based power plant is in the process of changing from burning coal to biomass, and was given a £1.7bn Government subsidy contract in April 2014 for the third of its six units – matter to state aid approval. The contract would find Drax paid a fixed price of £105 for every megawatt-hour (MWh) of biomass-fired…

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Grid Integration – The Wind Program

The Wind Program functions with electrical grid operators, utilities, regulators, and industry to create new strategies for incorporating increasing amounts of wind power to the grid while maintaining economic and reliable operation of the grid.Utilities have been increasingly deploying wind power to provide portions of power generation. However, many utilities also express concerns regarding wind power’s potential impacts on electric power system operations, because wind’s variability adds uncertainty beyond what exists due to variations in power demand (also called load). These concerns, if not satisfactorily addressed, could limit the growth…

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Capula Creates Orkney Islands Smart Grid Solution

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks owns and operates the Orkney electricity distribution network, which is joined to the Scottish mainland by 2 33 kV submarine cables. The subsea cables possess a capacity of around 40 MW. The demand for electricity on Orkney fluctuates between approximately 8 MW and 32 MW. Implementing traditional approaches to network planning resulted in a maximum protected hosting capacity for distributed generation (DG) of 28 MW. A quick protection system was implemented to allow a further 20 MW of DG to be linked to enhance the…

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Stobart biomass arm to fuel new power plant

The logistics and transport team, STOBART, says its branch has won a contract value $75m over 15 years to provide a renewable energy power station in Northern Ireland. The $80m Evermore Renewable Energy Plant, a 15.8 MWe Engineered timber fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) channel is to be assembled in Derry and is expected to be operational by summer 2015. Annually, Stobart Biomass will supply the plant with over 115,000 tonnes of recycled timber and is contracted to supply fuel. The group stated it expects to generate revenues of…

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£30m Investment In New Hydro-electric Scheme

SSE has affirmed today that it will carry on with building of its 7.5MW Glasa hydro-electric scheme, near Ardross, Ross-shire. The £30m endeavor, formerly named Kildermorie, will be the largest hydro scheme to be built in the united kingdom in over five years as well as the second largest conventional hydro scheme to be built in over half a century. Using a generating capacity of 7.5MW, Glasa will produce enough renewable electricity to power around 10,000 homes. Today’s statement comes in the 70th anniversary year of large-scale hydro development in…

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