For the sixth consecutive year, Statkraft have released its Low Emissions Scenario - an analysis of the energy world towards 2050.
The Scenario covers the energy transition necessary to move towards a low emissions world.
It finds that renewable energy and electrification are the main solutions to decarbonisation, with green hydrogen playing a key role in industry and heavy transport.
Currently, the Earth’s temperature is 1.1 degrees warmer than it was during pre-industrial times, and we are already seeing the effects of climate change in the form of extreme heat, wildfires, and violent floods. The UN Climate Panel’s sixth report, released in August 2021, made us even more acutely aware of how a temperature increase of two, three and four degrees will have dramatic consequences for our planet. Two degrees is simply too much - we need to limit global warming to a level as far down towards 1.5 degrees as possible.
As we face the challenge ahead, it is also important to look back and celebrate achievements:
- Global sales of battery electric cars increased by 40%, even though total car sales fell in 2020.
- 2020 had a record-high buildout of solar and wind power.
- Green investments increased in 2020 despite the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Investment in renewable power was (7%) higher in 2020 than in 2019.
We must work together to make strides to meet our climate targets which include making solar power the world’s largest power source as early as 2035, ensuring green hydrogen plays a key role in industry and heavy transport sector and using renewable energy and electrification as a main solution for decarbonisation.
Read the full report on the Statkraft website.
A report has been published on how to maximise the economic benefits of clean power for consumers while ensuring that the UK reaches net zero emissions at the lowest cost.
RenewableUK has published their Onshore Wind Industry Prospectus which shows that in order to meet the challenge of net-zero more is required across the UK. It is positive that renewable energy production has overtaken fossil fuels as the biggest source of UK power generation, with a quarter of that electricity coming from onshore wind. Renewables have delivered thousands of jobs across the UK, not least in Scotland, where it remains the nation’s biggest employer in low carbon power generation.
The RenewableUK prospectus sets out an ambition for 30GW of onshore wind by 2030. To put this into context, the UK currently produces 8.4GW using onshore wind turbines, powering over 4.2 million homes. An increase of 12GW will require a change to the National Planning Framework and working closely across sectors and communities. It will ultimately bring the following benefits:
- Cut UK household bills by £25 a year paying back £16.3bn to consumers and supporting the growth of low cost, green hydrogen production in the UK.
- Boost a green recovery by adding £45bn to the UK economy.
- Create 27,000 high quality jobs across development, supply chain and operations activity.
- Deliver high levels of local content that support levelling-up every part of the UK.
- Permanently cut carbon emissions 6m tonnes a year– equivalent to planting a forest the size of Northern Ireland or taking 1 million cars off the road.
Onshore wind is already the largest clean energy employed in Scotland, supporting 8,800 jobs and contributing £2.2bn each year. However, having established itself as a world leader in onshore wind production, Scotland is expected to create a further 17,000 jobs and £27.8bn Gross Value Added (GVA) through renewable energy projects.
You can read the prospectus here or on the RenewableUK website.
One of the most common questions we are asked when developing our projects is 'Why here?".
Statkraft's Head of Business and Project Development will help answer this question at a webinar on Tuesday, 29 June at 10am.
During the webinar Richard Mardon will take us behind the scenes of the development process, with a step by step guide on the challenges faced in finding the best sites to maximise Scotland's excellent natural wind resource. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.
Register, and find out more by clicking here.
The event is being recorded and the link will be available shortly afterwards.
We are pleased to announce that our application for Artfield Forest Wind Farm has been submitted to the Energy Consents Unit. The development, located approximately 8 kilometres north-east of Glenluce, is for 12 wind turbines, with a maximum height of 180 metres to blade tip.
The Company first proposed a 20 turbine scheme in May 2020 and has removed eight wind turbines through the design process and after feedback from the community and statutory bodies.
All planning application documents are available to view in the planning documents folder. We appreciate that there is a lot of information contained within the documents and encourage you to contact us if you would like information on a specific aspect of the project.
John Wallace, Project Manager for Statkraft said: “We would like to thank residents and community representatives for their time and input into the project throughout the design process.
We are committed to working with local companies to deliver our wind farm projects and, if consented, we will work with local businesses and supply chains for Artfield Forest. We encourage interested parties to register on our supplier database.”
The Artfield Forest Wind Farm proposal includes a proposed community benefit package of £5,000 per MW of installed capacity, which would generate up to £336,000 per annum for the lifetime of the project. In addition to community benefit, we look forward to continuing discussions with the communities about exploring the opportunity to invest in the wind farm.
Statkraft is following Scottish Government advice in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the full planning application documents can be viewed here on the project website in the planning documents folder or on the Energy Consents Unit website at www.energyconsents.scot
About Artfield Forest Wind Farm
- Energy Consents Unit Reference: ECU00003245
- 12 Turbines
- 180m to blade tip height
- 67.2MW installed capacity
- Generate electricity equivalent to the demand of over 60,000 homes (based on average household consumption of 3,618 kWh per year)
Wildfires which devastated much of the Moray countryside in the north of Scotland last year have led to increased environmental benefits being proposed by Europe’s largest renewable energy producer.
Work on Statkraft’s proposed extension to the Berry Burn Wind Farm, near Forres, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Project Award, at the Scottish Renewables ‘Green Energy Awards’. In April 2019, a catastrophic wildfire spread throughout the site causing damage to precious habitats and threatening the project all together. The fire burnt for over a week and it took some time to ensure that peat fires were extinguished, and safe access could be allowed.
Unfortunately, the habitats and vegetation across a large area - including the entire proposed extension area – were utterly devastated.
Experts from ecological consultancy Avian Ecology worked tirelessly to ensure the project could continue by working with NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage) and the local community to find ways to restore and then enhance the biodiversity of the site.
Avian Ecology mapped out an engagement approach, with a high emphasis on early and on-going consultation with NatureScot to deliver an innovative habitat management plan that would bring a biodiversity net gain to the fire-damaged area, helping to turn around the catastrophe. In addition, they proposed measures to prevent the spreading of future wildfires, reducing the chance of such extensive damage reoccurring. The plan was carefully designed so as to provide improved peatland habitats for wildlife and carbon storage, providing clear benefits over and above those already in place for the operational Berry Burn Wind Farm.
That work has now been recognised for its quality with the shortlisting for the prestigious Green Energy Awards.
Mícheál Ó Broin, Senior Development Manager at Statkraft said: “Avian Ecology has exceeded our expectations. Their innovative ideas to minimise impacts to the natural environment is paramount in this industry as we work towards our ambitious net-zero target. We are delighted that this project partnership is getting the recognition it deserves.”
Howard Fearn, Director at Avian Ecology Limited said: “The devastating wildfire of April 2019 significantly impeded our normal process to survey and assess ecological impacts of the proposed extension. An entirely new approach was required, and we recognised this as an opportunity to increase the environmental benefits the project could deliver. It required innovative thinking and a close-working relationship with NatureScot. The wind farm extension would enable a significant biodiversity gain through improving peat habitats, accelerating recovery from fire damage and reducing damage from future wildfires.”
Due to Covid-19, this year’s Awards event will be held online on Thursday 26 November.
Thank you to all residents and interested groups who took the time to visit our virtual exhibition to consult on our plans for the Artfield Forest Wind Farm.
What is usually held in a village hall was held online, in keeping with Scottish Government guidance due to Covid-19. Instead of being held over one day, the exhibition ran from 24 August until 18 September 2020. It included live Q&A sessions, a ‘ring back’ service to allow members of the public to request a chat with our team at a time suitable to them, and the opportunity to leave comments and feedback online.
We wrote to over 900 households and businesses within 10km of the site to invite them to attend, and enclosed a brochure and feedback reply card to return by post.
We are now in the process of assessing and responding to all feedback received. Please note that anyone who returned a feedback card and did not tick the 'keep us updated' box means we are unable to respond directly due to GDPR legislation. We will update our FAQ section to cover most of the issues raised - but if you have a question that isn't listed, please contact us.
We appreciate all feedback, which included positive, neutral and negative comments. All of this will help inform the final design of a project. We are happy to continue to receive your comments and questions on the proposals, you can do so here.
Statkraft is progressing plans for Artfield Forest Wind Farm and we have started an online exhibition to present the latest plans to the public.
The proposals in the consultation events are for a 12 turbine project - a reduction of eight turbines from the 20 turbine scheme that Statkraft had originally submitted in their Scoping Request to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit in May 2020. The latest scheme for 12 turbines follows further design work on the project and consultee responses to the Scoping plans.
The virtual consultation, in line with Scottish Government guidance to move exhibition events online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will run from Monday 24 August until Friday 18 September 2020.
The Artfield Forest Wind Farm proposal includes a proposed community benefit package of £5,000 per MW of installed capacity, which could mean up to £336,000 per annum for the lifetime of the project. Statkraft is also committed to shared ownership if there is interest in the local community and is the only wind farm developer that has pledged to commission feasibility studies to assess the potential for bringing improved access to broadband to the local area of each wind farm project.
Over 900 residents and businesses within 10km of the project site have been sent an invitation to attend an online exhibition for Artfield Forest Wind Farm, held between 24 August - 18 September 2020. Advertisements have also been placed online with the Stranraer & Wigtownshire Free Press and in the Dumfries & Galloway Standard.
Tom Walker, Project Manager for Artfield Forest Wind Farm, said:
“We are continuing to develop our Artfield Forest proposals and we look forward to the public consultation events to help provide feedback on our plans. We would traditionally hold exhibitions in the local area but, due to Covid-19 and current advice regarding holding events, we have moved all our exhibition material online. We will hold live Q&A sessions online and residents can book one to one calls to talk through the plans.
“We have a history of engaging with the community and have confidence that we can still do that despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at this time.”
The link to the exhibition will be available from the home page of the project website www.artfield-forest.co.uk. The invitation included a freepost reply card and an 0800 phone number for those who are unable to participate online. Comments and feedback are requested by 18 September 2020.
View the invitation
A member of the Statkraft development team has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2020.
The annual industry award is dedicated to individuals starting their career in the renewable energy sector, recognising those who have achieved beyond all expectations, pioneering new ideas with the drive and ambition to change the industry for the better.
John Wallace, Project Manager at Statkraft was selected from over 100 nominations as a finalist in the Project Development category, in what the organisers describe as a “huge achievement”.
John said: “It’s a real honour to be a finalist for this industry award, and that my work is judged by others to have merit. I’m passionate about sustainable living and my work very much chimes with that.”
John’s successes have included playing a role in a six-fold increase in the company’s UK onshore wind pipeline in just two years; improving processes and bringing efficiencies; as well as being a dedicated mentor for summer interns. John has also recently started a Masters in Renewable Energy through distance learning at Loughborough University.
Richard Mardon, Head of UK Wind & Solar at Statkraft: “John’s admirable work ethic, enthusiasm, and tenacity in early stage development work make him a deserving finalist. He brings great credit to himself and the company.”
Scottish Renewables have moved the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards online this year, and
the award winner will be announced on Friday 19 June.
Although face-to-face meetings and events may not be able to happen until social distancing restrictions are lifted, we are confident that we can continue to carry out meaningful engagement in our project areas using a digital first approach. Our report Community Engagement during COVID-19 sets out some of the methods and tools we will utilise to do this.
We have created this project website at the earliest opportunity, to allow those interested in the project to keep up to date with project news.
At the moment, there’s not a lot to say about the project because we are still seeking feedback from statutory bodies through the scoping process. But please register for updates and be assured that we will keep you up to date as the project progresses.