Wind and solar energy is set to power music recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios thanks to a deal struck this week between Universal Music UK and renewable electricity supplier Ecotricity. The agreement will see Ecotricity provide energy powered by wind turbines and solar arrays to four of Universal Music UK’s key London sites, including its Kensington High Street HQ and Abbey Road Studios – the world’s oldest purpose-built recording studio, famed for the eponymous album produced there by The Beatles. Ecotricity has overseen several projects in recent months, including an on-site NHS wind turbine and “hybrid” wind parks. Earlier this year, the company gained planning permission to create some of the first hybrid energy parks in Britain, by combining current wind farms with two new “sun parks” in Devon and Leicestershire respectively. The energy supplier plans to build a 100-acre sports and green technology ecopark next to the M5, which could create more than 4,000 jobs in the emerging green economy. It also recently agreed a deal to purchase 3.1 million additional shares in rival renewable energy supplier Good Energy, increasing its stake in the company from 5.58% to 24.85%.
Edie 26th Jan 2017 read more »
This week, the government announced their new industrial strategy. Well, almost. What they’ve actually done is announce a plan for their new industrial strategy. It’s focused on ten different ‘pillars’ they feel are important to drive forward our industry. Theresa May hopes this will boost the British economy and ensure we deliver ‘long term, sustainable success’. Sustainable? That sounds great Theresa, yes please. This strategy is an exciting opportunity. No, really. We’ve spent too long separating energy from industry and as a result, it’s all been a bit hodge podge. This new cohesive approach is a chance to bring our energy system into the 21st century, securing the upgrades it needs and setting us on the low carbon path we all want. So, how can we make the most of this? Well the ten pillars offer a wealth of opportunity for our favourite two energy sources, onshore wind and solar power, to thrive. Here’s how:
10:10 26th Jan 2017 read more »