Scotland recognises renewable-powered food manufacturers

An increasing number of food and drink companies in Scotland are running on renewable energy, according to a trade body. Scottish Renewables is highlighting 12 firms using technologies such as wind, solar, biomass and hydro as part of its new ‘Made in Scotland from Renewables’ initiative. It will be launched at the Royal Highland Show, […]

‘More women employed in renewables than other energy sectors’

More than a quarter of employees in the renewable energy sector are women – a larger proportion than in the oil and gas or nuclear sectors, a new survey claims. It suggests 28% of the workforce in the renewable energy industry in Scotland are female compared to 21% in the UK oil and gas sector […]

Investment in Scottish offshore wind sector halved

Major developers have more than halved their spending in Scotland’s offshore wind industry. New figures reveal only £28.9 million was spent last year by offshore wind companies compared to £63.6 million in 2012. Trade body Scottish Renewables blamed the slump on the failure of planning authorities to approve wind farms and warned the sector could […]

Payments to turn off fossil fuel stations ‘six times more than wind’

The amount paid to switch off fossil fuel power stations such as coal and gas are “six times greater” than payments made to wind generators. That’s according to the head of trade group Scottish Renewables who is calling for greater transparency around these constraint payments. All types of electricity generation get incentives if they are […]

Scottish renewables displace record amount of CO2

More than 10 million tonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide were displaced by Scotland’s renewable industry in 2012 – a new record and a jump of almost a quarter (24%) on the previous year. That’s according to new government statistics, released in response to a parliamentary question tabled by Eilidh Whiteford MP. Energy Minister Michael Fallon […]

New strike price for onshore wind in Scottish islands

Onshore wind farm developers on Scottish islands will be given cash incentives to build more turbines, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has confirmed. Subsidies for onshore wind projects in the islands of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles would be higher than the rest of the UK at £115 per megawatt hour (MWh). Mr Davey said […]

Scottish planning policies could ‘jeopardise renewables sector’

New planning policies proposed by the Scottish Government could jeopardise progress towards green energy and climate change targets and rule out wind power throughout “most of the country”. The comment from Scottish Renewables comes as the Government closed its consultation on a revised National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy yesterday. They include restrictions on […]

Offshore wind firms’ £165m boost to Scottish economy

Offshore wind developers in Scotland had a bumper year in 2012 according to a new report. New figures revealed for the first time that a total of £164.5 million worth of investment was made by the sector into the Scottish economy, with almost 40% of that (£65 million) made in 2012 alone. The Scottish Renewables’ […]

Scottish renewables on track to top £1bn investment

Scotland could get more than £1 billion worth of investment for renewable energy this year. Figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change showed investment in Scotland’s renewable energy industry was more than £900 million in the first six months of 2012. Earlier this year, DECC also revealed Scotland beat its target of generating […]

UK sets new record for wind power

The UK generated a new record of 4.199GW of wind power earlier this week – a figure which renewable backers are championing for showing the wind source is reliable. National Grid confirmed the figure at 3pm on Tuesday, which represented 9.3% of the total demand at the time. Its initial forecast for Tuesday afternoon was […]