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The mystery machine on Maryport beach

It's a blustery day at Maryport, where our reporter's meeting one of the men behind a four-metre high power generator that has been installed there.

You can see the full story on this evening's programme.


Making waves at Maryport

The C-Cell is being tested at Maryport. Credit: University of Cumbria

Maryport's shoreline has an unusual new addition: an electricity-generating machine.

The C-Cell is a four-metre high curved paddle.

It's been installed by local company MPM North West Ltd, funded by the Renewable Energy Test and Education Centre at the University of Cumbria.

They claim it could double the energy which can currently be captured from ocean waves

Wind farm plans refused in Dumfries and Galloway

The wind farm could have created 100 jobs Credit: ITV News Border

Plans for a 21 turbine wind farm near Lockerbie have been refused.

The Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing ruled out the plans. He said: "We want to see the right developments in the right places. That is why I have refused permission for the proposed wind farm at Newfield, which would have brought unacceptable impacts on the landscape.”

AES, the company behind the plans for the wind farm at Newfield, says it's disappointed as the site could have contributed to Scotland's target of creating all its electricity from renewable sources.

The farm was expected to support 100 jobs and generate contracts worth £26 million to the Scottish economy.

NFUS appeal for AD plant support

The National Farmers Union of Scotland is urging the UK government to think again over a cut in support for some types of renewable energy.

Anaerobic Digesters are ideal for farmers, because they convert waste products into energy.

There's been a reduction in the tariff payed to people who produce energy in this way and the NFU Scotland fears that could discourage farmers from installing so-called AD plants.

Fiona McIlwraith went to a farm in Dumfries and Galloway which is building one of the first plants in Scotland.


National Farmers Union want new renewable energy

The National Farmers Union of Scotland is urging Westminster to restore support to a new type of renewable energy.

Anaerobic Digesters use waste product to produce electricity, however the Government have reduced the tariff scheme and NFU Scotland says farms will suffer unless the original tariff is reinstated.

Solar panels result in fuel poverty for Longtown residents

Residents who say they've been driven into fuel poverty by the fitting of inefficient heating systems are taking their fight to the Secretary of State for Local Government Eric Pickles.

In February, Lookaround reported on the plight of dozens of people in Longtown who had complained to Riverside Housing Association.

Two months later and many of those complaints are still outstanding. Riverside say they're working with tenants to resolve the issues.

Neil Billingham reports.

Government green scheme will create jobs in Cumbria

An offshore wind farm in Cumbria will be extended as part of a government green scheme.

The expansion of the Walney Offshore Wind Farm is one of eight projects across the UK involved in the Electricity Market Reform programme.

The programme is expected to create 8,500 jobs across the UK by 2020 and will start generating power in 2017.

The programme will help the UK meet the renewable energy target and lower emissions.

Since 2010 the share of renewable electricity in the UK has doubled.

The Electricity Market Reform programme is expected to deliver 30 per cent of renewable energy in 2020.

“By themselves they will bring green jobs and growth across the UK, but they are a significant part of our efforts to give Britain cleaner and more secure energy.

“These are the first investments from our reforms to build the world's first low carbon electricity market - reforms which will see competition and markets attract tens of billions of pounds of vital energy investment whilst reducing the costs of clean energy to consumers."

– Edward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary
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