Scottish Water puts up prices for first time in four years

Water supplier Scottish Water is putting its prices up for the first time in four years this April. The below inflation rise of 2.8% will affect 2.4 million households across Scotland served by the firm such as those in Fife (pictured). The rise has been agreed with the economic regulator, the Water Industry Commission for […]

Scottish Water announces sudden death of chief exec

Scottish Water has announced the sudden death of its chief executive Richard Ackroyd. Mr Ackroyd has been Chief Executive of the Scottish utility for almost five years. In a statement today the firm said it was “with great sadness” its executive leadership team and Chairman Ronnie Mercer would take over “with immediate effect” and that […]

“No way” Scots will privatise Scottish Water

Scotland’s Finance Minister John Swinney said today there is “no way” the Scottish Government will sell off Scottish Water. His comments come after the director of CBI Scotland Iain McMillan reportedly called for the state-owned water company to be privatised. Today CBI Scotland sent a report to Holyrood calling for a “bolder approach” to reducing […]

Energy Live Tour – Financing Renewable Energy

Energy Live News brings you its Energy Live Tour with the first session in Glasgow. Titled “Financing Renewable Energy”, the session will be a short, sharp lesson on how you should be benefitting from Renewable Energy in the rapidly changing energy world we inhabit. Hosted by Sumit Bose, Energy Live News Editorial Director, the session […]

"21st century drinking water" delivered to Edinburgh

Edinburgh received its new water supply last week following a £130 million investment on a high quality water project. Scottish Water claims the investment will supply clean and efficient “21st century drinking water” to up to 450,000 customers across the city. David Birrell, Edinburgh’s Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive said: “The delivery of high quality […]

Scottish Water faces questions from water watchdog

A Scottish water provider faces questions from the water watchdog about its relationship with a private insurance firm. Thousands of customers received letters in Scottish Water branded envelopes, which contained sales pitches made by private insurer, HomeServe. Consumer Focus Scotland said that public bodies, such as Scottish Water, should not be seen to favour one […]

Canada calls on Scottish Water for training

Scottish Water is helping to train water industry staff in Canada. A team from the utility’s international arm is in Alberta at the moment delivering workshops on the management of water from source to tap. The firm said handling water efficiently was jumping up the list of priorities for many nations. Nigel Ayton, director of […]

Scottish Water plans new £15m operations centre

Scottish Water has appointed construction firm BAM as preferred bidder for its new £15million national operations centre. The building will include a biomass boiler, thermal water heating and solar panels. Lorna McGregor, the utility’s Head of Commercial Capital Projects, hailed the “great opportunity to provide a fit-for-purpose, energy-efficient, low-carbon office environment for many years to […]

Scottish Water reject pay freeze

GMB Union members, who make up the largest manual workers union in Scottish Water, has rejected a proposed freeze in pay for 2011/ 2012. Richard Leonard, GMB Organiser for Scottish Water, said: “GMB members at Scottish Water have had enough of big bonuses for directors alongside pay restraint for frontline staff. GMB members resent the […]

Stansted Airport in hydrogen trials

Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power is to carry out trials of a hydrogen refuelling project at Stansted Airport. ITM has developed HFuel, a self-contained way of refuelling hydrogen-powered road vehicles and forklift trucks that can be used on small fleets of both fuel cell and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles. Stansted is […]