‘Highlands energy rip-off must end’

A Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) has urged the UK government to end a 2p electricity surcharge paid by Highlands customers despite the region facing some of the country’s highest rates of fuel poverty. Scottish National Party (SNP) MSP Kate Forbes said the government should end this fee as part of its proposed energy […]

Nearly 17,000 Scots homes still without power

Hot food and drinks for thousands of people were being laid on with mobile catering vans in parts of the Highlands and the Western Isles as they were likely to be without power overnight, according to their energy networks provider. It means around 16,000 homes in Scotland have been without power for nearly two days, […]

Highlands wind farm wins planning consent

SSE’s generation business won planning permission for a 32 turbine wind farm in the Caledonian mountains today. The Bhlaraidh wind farm near the Great Glen Way (pictured), a favourite route for hikers, will be 4km north-west of Invermoriston. Its capacity of up to 108MW could power the equivalent of 50,900 homes. Building is expected to […]

Scottish renewable energy jobs grow 5%

Employment in the renewable energy sector grew 5% in 2013 according to new research. Findings suggest 11,695 people are currently in full-time employment in green energy jobs according to a new poll of more than 540 companies. What’s more, 294 of the firms  polled, that’s 54%, said they expected their employment to increase over the next […]

Scottish Government rejects wind farm plans

Plans to build a wind farm in the Highlands have been turned down by the Scottish Government. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the impact of the farm would be too high for nearby residents and the landscape. Spittal Hill Windfarm Limited submitted the proposal for a 30 turbine wind farm at Spittal Hill in Stirling […]

Scottish Highlands faces energy skills’ crisis

Energy firms in the Highlands of Scotland are braced for a skills shortage in the next 12 months. A survey by the North Scotland Industries Group (NSIG) revealed that 54% of energy and engineering businesses in the Highlands and islands believe they will face a skills shortage in the next year. NSIG is so concerned […]