Danger of shrinking electricity margin warns ScottishPower

The country is in danger of a squeeze on its electricity margin of 3% which is a “real issue” for our energy supply, the Chief Corporate Officer of ScottishPower warned today. This margin is the difference between our peak electricity demand and how much spare power generation we have to cover this peak demand. Speaking […]

‘End of an era’ as Cockenzie coal plant closes

Scottish coal plant Cockenzie shut down its turbines for the last time today as its operator ScottishPower proclaimed the “end of an era”. The Station Manager Bill Kelly switched off unit 2 at Cockenzie plant this morning (pictured). When the 45 year old coal-fired power station opened in 1967, it was the largest power station […]

Converting coal plant to gas will halve emissions

Scottish ministers have approved plans to replace a coal-fired power station with a more efficient and environmentally friendly gas-fired station. The 1,000MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power station at Cockenzie in East Lothian will more than halve carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions compared to the existing power station. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said converting older […]