Energy roundup

Fracking has public support according to a survey carried out by the research group Populus for UK Onshore Oil and Gas. The poll of 4000 people found that 59% of people would be willing to see natural gas from shale production go ahead as long as it forms part of a mix that includes renewable energy sources, with only 12% disagreeing.

Atkins has been appointed by Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay  to act as the client’s engineer for its 320MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project in Wales. 

Renewable energy technologies contributed nearly one fifth of the UK’s power mix in the first quarter of the year, as a result of high winds, rainfall, and a surge in new construction in the solar farm industry, according to new government figures. UK renewables saw a record quarter, producing 18.1 TWh, an increase of 43% on the same period in 2013.

The construction of a 398MW tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth is set to begin later this year.Atlantis Resource's MeyGen scheme planned for the Firth's Inner Sound has secured £50m in funding.Atlantis said the completed scheme would have up to 269 turbines submerged on the seabed producing enough energy for 175,000 homes.

Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire is to be transformed into a state-of-the-art energy centre which will use residual waste to generate low carbon electricity and heat. Peel Environmental has been given the green light to go ahead with the project, which will produce up to 26MW of electricity - enough to power around 63,000 homes in the local area.

Installing smart meters in every house in the UK will save consumers "only 2%" on their annual bills, the Public Accounts Committee has warned. On average, consumers will save just £26 a year and the technology could be out of date by the time the roll out is complete, the committee said. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has said smart meters will lower bills and make switching easier.

Government has announced £2.8M funding to prepare Somerset’s roads and railways for construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Most of the money will go towards fixing potholes and general road maintenance to avoid disruption to traffic while the plant is being built.