Energy roundup

Fresh from news in the Budget that Government is to enter into Contract for Difference negotiations, Gloucester, Swansea tidal barrage promoter Tidal Lagoon Power has named Graham Hillier as its managing director of Development Services.  He will join the company later in the spring from his role as executive director at Natural Resources Wales to oversee the provision of in-house environmental, planning and property services to each of Tidal Lagoon Power’s projects subsequent to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

The UK fracking industry needs a new regulator to moniter fracking sites and give the public more confidence in the sector the independent Task Force on Shale Gas has said.

Scottish Power is to close its  coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife early next year. The decision follows the energy firm's failure to win a deal with National Grid. The SSE gas-fired plant at Peterhead won the contract instead.