Fergus Ewing: UK energy policy totally irrational

UK energy policy has been labelled “totally irrational” following the closure of Longannet power station. That’s according to Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing. He said: “With spare capacity across the UK running perilously low, Longannet could have played an important role in keeping lights for several years to come as we continue towards cleaner forms of generation, all the more […]

Scotland calls for clarity on renewable projects

The UK Government is being urged to commit to installing renewable energy technologies on the Scottish Islands. Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has written to Energy secretary Amber Rudd ahead of the next Scottish Islands Delivery Forum which will meet in Glasgow next month. Ms Rudd had previously agreed to co-chair the meeting after Mr Ewing invited her. […]

Scotland: Onshore wind decision anti-business

Scotland has criticised the UK government’s “anti-business” decision to end support for onshore wind. More than 200 people from businesses and communities met with Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing in Glasgow today. It was an opportunity for the sector to voice concerns on the impact the decision will have on both projects and the supply chain in […]

Scotland to hold emergency onshore wind summit

The Scottish Government is planning on hosting an emergency onshore wind summit in early July. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will meet experts in the renewable sector to discuss the effect of the UK Government’s decision to end onshore wind support. DECC announced its intention to close the Renewables Obligation (RO) for onshore wind from April 2016. […]

Scotland urges UK to consult on onshore wind subsidies

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing is urging the UK Government to consult before making any decision on onshore wind farm subsidies. In a letter to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, Mr Ewing said: “I welcome the commitment in the Queen’s Speech that there will be consultation with the Devolved Administrations on changes to subsidies for onshore wind farms and I […]

Ewing fights for future of Longannet

Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing says his government will try to stop Longannet power station from closing. Speaking in Holyrood yesterday, Mr Ewing said there was a determination to support the workers of the power station in Fife, which now faces closure after missing out on National Grid voltage contracts. He said: “ScottishPower has stated […]

Wave hello to £4 million!

Do you love the seaside? Want to pocket £4 million? Got a smart idea to harness the power of waves? Then you should enter a new competition launched by Wave Energy Scotland (WES) and funded by the Scottish Government to find new technologies to capture and wave energy. WES wants ideas from a wide range […]

Energy auction outcome “disappointing”, says Fergus Ewing

The Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has expressed disappointment at the outcome of the UK Government’s renewable energy auction. Commenting on the results of the first Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, Fergus Ewing said: “It is very disappointing that two key Scottish offshore developments – MORL and Inchcape – have not been given the go-ahead […]

Scottish Government blocks fracking plans

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced a block on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas production, including fracking, pending the outcome of a full public inquiry. In his statement to the Scottish Parliament yesterday, Mr Ewing said the government will set out plans to begin more work to increase the evidence for shale […]

Scrap the hike in oil and gas tax says MSP

Cutting an extra tax imposed on the UK oil and gas sector would restore confidence claims Scotland’s Energy Minister. Fergus Ewing said at a meeting earlier this week, that the introduction of the supplementary charge back in 2011, caused unfortunate reverberations throughout the investment sector. The charge, introduced by the UK Chancellor, meant oil and […]