£2.67m for district heating in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced an investment worth £2.67 million for district heating projects in a bid to help people cut energy bills and tackle fuel poverty. District heating, the supply of heat to a number of buildings or homes from a central heat source, is expected to lead to greater fuel efficiency which means […]

Renewables to produce 50% of Scotland’s energy

Scotland aims to generate 50% of the nation’s electricity demand from renewable sources by 2015. First Minister Alex Salmond announced the new target yesterday at the RenewableUK conference in Glasgow based on the sector’s rapid progress. It comes after DECC’s statistics showed Scotland met 35% of its electricity demand from renewables last year, beating the […]

UK’s first offshore wind test centre in Scotland

The UK’s first offshore wind turbine testing facility is set to be built in Scotland. The £20 million joint venture between SSE and Scottish Enterprise will include three sites for testing turbines. SSE will work with Siemens and Mitsubishi Power Systems to develop their latest turbine technology on two sites while Scottish Enterprise will operate […]

Multi-million pound Scottish fund for renewables

The Scottish Government has launched a £103 million fund which will target private investments towards renewable energy. Speaking at the Scottish Low Carbon Investment conference, First Minister Alex Salmond said the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) is open to investors who are seeking finance apart from the UK’s Green Investment Bank (GIB). The GIB will provide […]

Trump’s Scottish anti-wind turbine ad banned

An anti-wind turbine advert in Scotland commissioned by Donald Trump’s organisation has been banned. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld the advert for Communities Against Turbines Scotland (CATS), which shows broken and rusty turbines under the headline ‘Welcome to Scotland’. The advert also warned: ‘Alex Salmond wants to build 8,750 of these monstrosities.’ The […]

Shetlands get world’s first community-owned tidal turbine

The world’s first community-owned tidal turbine will be made and deployed in Scotland, the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond announced this morning. Owned by the community of North Yell, which received a grant of £150,000 from the Scottish Government to help its development, the turbine will sit in the water between the Shetland islands of […]

Scotland’s wind support a ‘stark contrast’ to Westminster’s ‘political games’

The Scottish Government’s announcement to support onshore wind stands in “stark contrast” to the “political games and infighting” in Westminster, the WWF said. The comment follows First Minister Alex Salmond’s confirmation yesterday suggesting the level of support for onshore wind shouldn’t be cut by more than 10%. The Scottish Government will be providing support at […]

Scotland urges UK Government to confirm wind support

Scotland has announced its support for onshore wind projects and has urged the UK Government to do the same. First Minister Alex Salmond sent a letter to the UK’s Energy Secretary Ed Davey and said the Scottish Government will provide support for onshore wind generation at a level of 0.9 of a ROC, rather than […]

Scotland looks to the bright future for oil and gas

The Scottish Government expects the oil and gas industry to be worth £30 billion by 2020. The country expects to boost exports and target higher oil and gas recovery rates for a secure growth of the industry. First Minister Alex Salmond announced the strategy today aiming to capitalise on the estimated £1.5 trillion worth of […]

£18m marine energy fund open for bid

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond opened a two-month bid for an £18 million fund for marine energy yesterday. The Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF) forms part of £35 million that the Scottish Government and its enterprise agencies will provide in direct support to the wave and tidal industry over the next three years. The Minister […]