Glasgow powers towards 2023 grid upgrades

The first phase of a £100 million investment project to upgrade Glasgow’s electricity supply is on track to be completed by 2023. That’s according to SP Energy Networks (SPEN), the firm which owns and maintains Central and Southern Scotland’s power grid. Around £10 million has been spent this year alone and a further £12 million […]

Glasgow to have Scotland’s first low emission zone

  Glasgow is to become the first Scottish city to put in place a Low Emission Zone (LEZ). The city council is partnering with the Scottish Government to prepare the LEZ design and proposals that will improve air quality in Glasgow. An LEZ Leadership Group and Deliver Group have been set up to prepare for […]

Heat pumps could help Glasgow fuel poor

  Scientists have worked out that derelict land in Glasgow could be used to power homes for the city’s fuel poor. The results, published in the journal Renewable Energy, suggest with ground source heat pumps and the right investment, there is sufficient brownfield land to easily meet the heat demand of all households in fuel […]

Scotland to be home to UK’s first battery recycling facility

Plans to open the UK’s first battery recycling plant in Scotland have been announced. Ecosurety and Belmont Trading said the facility in Glasgow would have the capacity to process up to 20,000 tonnes of batteries every year. More than £300,000 worth of equipment will be installed at Belmont’s Kilwinning site by September this year to […]

The UK’s first water source heat pump for district heating unveiled at EuroHeat & Power Congress

The River Clyde is to lead Britain’s industrial revolution once again, this time to take on the 21st Century low carbon challenge by providing a renewable source of heating and hot water to the homes and buildings of the legendary Gorbals area, on the south bank of the river. Star Renewable Energy have been awarded […]

Ice water heats Norwegian buildings and saves €8m

A pump which heats freezing water to 90˚C to warm buildings in Norway has saved a total of €8 million (£5.7m). The technology, which was manufactured in Glasgow, has been installed in the city of Drammen. Professor Paul Younger from the University of Glasgow worked with Star Renewable Energy to install the system. He said: “This […]

‘Car-free day’ in Aberdeen and Lambeth

Two councils in the UK have pledged to ban cars for a day in September. It is part of the European Mobility Week (EMW), which runs from 16th to 22nd September and aims to drive down emissions as well as encourage people to use greener forms of transport. Around a quarter of domestic carbon dioxide […]

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 […]

LEDs to light up Glasgow streets

More than 10,000 street lights in Glasgow are to be replaced with LEDs. Glasgow City Council has become the first UK local authority to use a loan from the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to finance the switch to low-energy street lighting. It has secured £6.3 million which will be used for the first wave of […]

Lib Dems pledge energy council tax cut, no coal post-2025

The Liberal Democrats are promising a “major” new tax cut for energy efficiency – and to close all British coal plants after 2025. Today in a boisterous speech at the party’s autumn conference in Glasgow, Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey pledged his party “must do more” to push people’s bills down. He said this would happen […]