World’s first floating wind farm powers up in Scotland

  The world’s first floating wind farm has started generating power off the coast of Scotland. The 30MW Hywind wind farm is now delivering electricity to the Scottish grid. The five giant turbines, installed around 25 kilometres from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, will generate enough electricity to power 20,000 homes a year. The benefit of floating […]

Scotland to set up state-owned renewable supplier

The Scottish Government is to set up a publicly-owned, not-for-profit renewable energy company. That’s according to Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), who said the supplier would be set up by 2021 to sell energy to customers as the lowest possible price. She suggested the move would give vulnerable consumers more options […]

Scotland to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2032

The Scottish Government has said it will take action to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032. The move comes as part of a wider set of priorities for the next year to ensure the country is “seizing the opportunities of the low carbon revolution”. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said tackling climate change was […]

Nicola Sturgeon urges UK Government to support marine energy

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on the UK Government to support marine energy. Mrs Sturgeon has urged the Tory Administration to sort out the “uncertainty” in the industry. She said: “It is absolutely vital that the UK Government honours its earlier commitment to provide a ring-fenced allocation for marine energy in its renewables […]

Scottish power plant closure ‘a body blow to self-sufficiency hopes’

The early closure of Scotland’s last coal power plant is “a body blow” to the country’s hopes of being self-sufficient. That’s according to Prospect, the union representing engineering and technical staff at the Longannet Power Station. The decision to close the plant by ScottishPower on the 31st of March next year follows National Grid’s decision not […]

Sturgeon demands urgent review of Scotland’s power supply

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is urging David Cameron to review the security of the nation’s electricity supply. She has written to the Prime Minister to seek reassurance the UK Government understands the “key role which Scottish capacity plays in ensuring adequate levels of energy security across the UK”. The call comes amid concerns about […]

Thousands of warm homes for Scots this winter

Thousands of householders in Scotland are set to have a warm winter with the help of the Scottish Government’s home energy helpline. Around 3,375 households have been referred for insulation and heating packages through the Home Energy Scotland hotline – which offers free energy advice and support – since the launch of the campaign at […]

Energy price hike “another blow to Scottish households”

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has expressed disappointment over ScottishPower’s decision to become the fourth of the Big Six to raise energy bills this winter. Yesterday the supplier revealed it will increase average electricity prices by 9% and gas prices by 8.5% starting from 6th December. It said a typical dual fuel bill would […]

Sturgeon promises 5% energy bill cut with Scottish independence

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon promised to cut her country’s energy bills by 5% if it becomes independent. Speaking at the Scottish National Party conference in Perth yesterday, she criticised the “disjointed” way energy efficiency measures are funded and said responsibility for them should be transferred from energy companies to the Scottish Government. Westminster […]

Scots urged to use energy fund worth £74m

Scots have been urged to take advantage of £74 million of government cash available to help them cut their energy use by making their homes more efficient, warmer and greener. The Scottish Government launched a new national campaign this week to ensure householders know what energy initiatives they are entitled to. It’s all part of […]