Green bottoms up! Scottish whisky site to be turned into low carbon housing

The Scottish Government is spending £5.3 million to turn a former whisky bottling plant into a low carbon housing development. The former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock will be turned into an enterprise and innovation zone for start up companies and include a renewable energy centre. Affordable housing on the site will be powered […]

UK’s capacity auction reform ‘belatedly addresses seriousness of energy crunch’

The UK Government is “admitting its abject failure” to keeping power stations open and protecting energy security by proposing changes to the Capacity Market. That’s the view of the Scottish Government, which said it has called for action “repeatedly over many years” to protect baseload and backup capacity. The UK Government however said the latest […]

Free insulation for 2,000 Scottish homes

More than 2,000 households across Scotland are to benefit from free energy efficiency measures under a new scheme launched today. The £12 million initiative, jointly funded by the Scottish Government, E.ON and Linstone Housing, aims to help reduce energy bills and tackle fuel poverty while supporting local jobs in the nation. It will target properties […]

SSE pledges free efficiency measures with £5.4m scheme

Power supplier SSE has pledged to help Scottish householders cut their energy bills with the launch of a £5.4 million initiative. It is working with eight local authorities across Scotland to roll out the energy efficiency programme, which includes free boilers and insulation for homeowners and tenants living in privately rented accommodation. SSE said it […]

Scotland’s solar industry hits 100MW milestone

Scotland has installed more than 100MW of solar capacity, according to new statistics. Figures from energy regulator Ofgem showed Scotland has 106MW of solar PV, a 36% rise since this time last year. It also revealed more than 28,000 households, 465 businesses, 56 communities and 22 industrial sites have fitted solar arrays across the country. […]

Scottish oil and gas exports worth £30bn

Oil and gas exports from Scotland were worth more than £30 billion last year, official – but “experimental” – figures. International sales by the Scottish supply chain have more than doubled from £3.4 billion in 2003 to £8.2 billion in 2011. The rest of the UK was the biggest single customer, making up £12.8 billion of […]

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 […]

Scotland sets energy efficiency standards for new buildings

New buildings in Scotland are set to be more energy efficient following changes to the standards announced by the Scottish Government. Improvements to new homes from October 2015 are expected to cut carbon emissions by around 21% compared to current levels while new non-domestic buildings such as shops and offices will have an average reduction […]

Treasury: Tax hikes for independent Scotland’s oil fund

Scotland could see “very significant” tax increases or cuts to public spending if its North Sea revenues were diverted to an oil fund post-independence. Launching the Treasury’s fifth analysis paper on the possibility of an independent Scotland, Chancellor George Osborne delivered the message at the Offshore Europe Conference in Aberdeen yesterday. Scotland is planning to […]

Vattenfall submits plans for £190m wind farm in Scotland

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has submitted plans for a £190 million wind farm in the south west of Scotland. The 50-turbine South Kyle Wind Farm will have a total capacity of 170MW – equivalent to the annual electricity demand of more than 90,000 households in the UK. The energy firm said the project would be […]