Scottish businesses wasting £19k of energy each year

Scottish businesses are wasting around £19,000 a year through inefficient energy use. The Scottish Government is offering interest-free loans to help these small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) install energy efficiency measures, according to a new report from Zero Waste Scotland. The loan can be used to pay for a range of green upgrades, including LED lighting, […]

Largest museum in Australia goes green

The largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere is to get an energy efficiency retrofit. The Museum Victoria in Australia is to get a sustainable upgrade from technology giant Siemens at the cost of €4.2 million (£3.61m). This will pay itself back over a seven-year period in electricity savings. The State Government of Victoria awarded the […]

White House installs ‘US-made solar panels’

The White House has finally started installing solar panels on the First Family’s residence this week, reports claim. President Barack Obama’s administration initially pledged to install the renewable energy source in 2010 in a bid to increase its energy efficiency. A White House official is believed to have told US media: “The retrofit will include […]

Could we soon see a rise in water bills?

Consumer will have to fork out the cash for water companies to invest a total of £250 billion to renew the industry’s infrastructure. That amount of investment is needed, according to Eddie Spencer, Head of water at Schneider Electric Professional Services (SEPS), in order to bring the infrastructure – pipe works, reservoirs, vehicles, IT and […]

ScottishPower’s £5.2bn network upgrade to create 2,500 jobs

ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) is seeking approval for plans to invest £5.2 billion between 2015 and 2023 in its electricity distribution network. The multi-billion pound investment will renew and maintain the cables and substations that keep the lights on for more than 3.5 million customers in Central Scotland, Merseyside and North and Mid Wales. The […]

Ukraine gets €600m for nuclear safety upgrade

Ukraine is getting a loan worth €600 million (£519m) in total to help upgrade nuclear power plants in the country. The European Atomic Energy Community and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide €300 million (£259m) each for the project. It is expected to help bring Ukraine’s fleet of nuclear plants in […]

Major networks upgrade to add £12 on energy bills

Britain’s gas and electricity networks are set to undergo a major upgrade under new plans announced by Ofgem today – adding an extra £12 on household bills. The announcement will enable £24.2 billion for new and upgraded infrastructure up to 2021, more than the £22.7 billion proposed by the regulator earlier this year. The figure […]