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Planning Inspectorate launches trial to enhance pre-application process for large infrastructure projects


The Planning Inspectorate has launched a trial to test potential components of an enhanced pre-application service for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).

The Planning Act 2008 introduced a new bespoke consenting route for major infrastructure projects in the fields of energy, transport, water, waste and wastewater. Between its introduction in 2010…

TechFest Awards deadline extended to 21 July

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The deadline for the TechFest Awards has been extended to Friday 21 July, giving potential entrants just under two weeks extra to submit their entries.

Celebrating innovation in civil engineering and construction, the awards will be held in the evening after TechFest's daytime conference on 23 November at Hilton London Bankside,…

Renewable energy trade bodies call for urgent changes to bid processes

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An urgent call to amend how renewable energy projects bid for contracts has been made to the government from three renewable energy trade bodies.

In a joint letter to the secretary of state for energy security and net zero Grant Shapps, RenewableUK, Energy UK and Scottish Renewables have called for changes…

Innovation competition launched to solve tidal lagoon challenges

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The Welsh Government has launched its £750,000 challenge to innovators to break down barriers preventing development of tidal lagoons.

Whereas all currently installed tidal energy schemes in the UK are tidal stream – the harnessing of water’s kinetic energy through spinning turbines – tidal lagoons are examples of tidal range. This…

Engineering input vital to rethinking UK energy network

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In recent years the electricity network, or rather the way in which we connect to and access the network, has received significant attention. While this attention should be welcomed in helping to identify and then seeking to address issues, the pace at which change is happening is not sufficient if…

Tidal stream energy development presents growth opportunities for the UK


Tidal stream energy has the potential to contribute to sustainable economic growth in the UK, according to a new report.

There are two types of tidal energy; tidal range involves large scale lagoons or barrages and uses water level differential to turn turbines, whereas tidal stream is the harnessing of kinetic…