Category: Energy


COP26 will change the world – it has to

Scotland won’t just be the host nation, we will be the nation that shows the world how it can be done.

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Tory government faces pressure over onshore wind farms after new poll

THE UK government is under increasing pressure to include onshore wind farms in its evolving energy strategy. It comes after a new poll – including 69% of those who identified themselves as being traditionally Conservative voters – said they supported…

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Scottish ministers must do more to get renewables to market says WWF Scotland

SCOTLAND had a record year for renewable energy in 2017, Scottish Government data has revealed. It said renewable power was equivalent to 69% of the nation’s electricity consumption. In all renewables generated 25,166 GWh – up 27% on 2016 and…

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Ineos and Scottish Tories prepare to take on Holyrood after losing ‘fracking’ case

PETROCHEMICAL giants Ineos will look to test Scotland’s current stance on fracking in the planning process -after seeing their appeal against the current moratorium booted into touch by the courts. And it looks like they will receive the full support…

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UK Government told to back land based renewables for Onshore Wind Week

SCOTLAND’S renewables sector remains ‘locked out’ of realising its full potential because the UK Government still won’t recognise the importance of land based wind power, industry leaders claimed today. Firms making massive investments in the so called ‘wind rush’ on…

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Scotland’s largest solar farm gets the go-ahead in Energy Consent Unit first

SCOTLAND’S largest ever solar farm has been given the go-ahead. Elgin Energy has been granted planning permission for a 50MW solar PV project at the disused Milltown Airfield in Moray – which will generate enough energy to power around 15,000…

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Shall we tell the President? Wind turbines Donald Trump tried to ban complete. Period.

IT may be a small victory over a climate change denier like Donald Trump. But seeing the final turbine installed at the site he hoped would never happen must have felt good for all involved in the Vattenfall led project. …

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Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Awards shortlist

THE chief executive of Scottish Renewables has hailed ‘innovation’ in the sector ahead of this year’s Young Professionals Green Awards being held in Glasgow tonight. Claire Mack said that “new ways of doing things” had created the sector as she…

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Offshore wind farm push as Crown Estate Scotland opens up seabed lease

A NEW generation of wind farms off the coast of Scotland is being proposed to help meet the country’s energy needs. Crown Estate Scotland this morning published a discussion document seeking feedback for its plan. It says it wants to…

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Friends of the Earth Scotland appeal for help in funding INEOS legal action on fracking

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland has started a crowdsourcing campaign for donations as it looks to face down fracking firm Ineos in court. In an email to supporters, Head of Campaigns Mary Church said: “This week INEOS are in court trying…

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Friends of the Earth Scotland move to face frackers Ineos in court challenge

ECO campaigners have thrown their support behind the Scottish Government as it faces being sued over its fracking ban by lodging a so called ‘public interest intervention’. INEOS and Reach Coal Seam Gas are seeking a judicial review of the…

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Shell UK and ExxonMobile served with final warning by SEPA over ‘noise, vibration and black smoke’ from flaring  

THE Scottish Environment Protection Agency has served final warning letters on petrochemical companies ExxonMobil Chemical Ltd and Shell UK Limited. They were issued with Final Warning Letters following “an enhanced unplanned flaring event” at the Mossmorran complex in Fife during June 2017. However it is still…

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Winds of change at Scottish Renewables as new chair and vice-chair appointed

SCOTTISH Renewables have appointed a new chairman and vice-chairman as the sector gears up for new challenges ahead. Rob Forrest, Chief Executive of renewable energy developer GreenPower, will take over as Chairman. David Cameron, Head of Scottish Policy at EDF…

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to deliver keynote speech at All-Energy conference

SCOTLAND’S First Minister Nicola Sturgeon us expected to deliver the main address to more than 7000 delegates attending what is being billed as the UK’s largest renewables and low carbon energy conference.  Her May 2 address to the All-Energy event…

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‘Desperate’ INEOS seek fracking ban review as company on course to lose ‘millions’

FURIOUS campaigners tonight branded multi-national gas firm  INEOS “desperate” as the company set about launching an expected legal challenge over Scotland’s ban on fracking. The firm openly admitted that it would seek a judicial review with partner Reach because the…

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‘Put Scotland on the path to a zero-carbon future and build on Climate Change Bill’

A LITTLE over years have passed since the first Scottish Climate Change Act was passed. Yet even then  there was bumping of gums and stroking of chins as to what such a move could ‘really’ achieve. How could a piece…

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Give climate change plan ‘teeth’ Scottish ministers warned ahead of deadline

ENVIRONMENTAL groups are calling on the Scottish Government to ensure next month’s final Climate Change Plan is given “teeth”. Holyrood was hailed for a commitment to ensuring at least half of Scotland’s power needs comes from renewable sources by 2030….

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Anti-fracking rally place outside Scottish Parliament on Tuesday ahead of crucial vote by MSPs

#SGPConf 2017  CAMPAIGNERS calling for an outright ban on fracking across Scotland are to stage a final rally outside the Scottish Parliament before MSPs take part in a crucial vote. They will gather outside Holyrood in Edinburgh at 1pm on…

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Wind generated more than double Scotland’s electricity needs on Monday as WWF Scotland pushes case for Warm Homes Bill

WIND generated enough electricity to power seven million homes on Monday – more than double Scotland’s entire needs. Data released today shows 86,467MWH of electricity was supplied to the national grid as gusts of up to 86mph hit the country….

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Moratorium on fracking was the quickest way to introduce ‘ban’ insists First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

MAKING a Scotland-wide moratorium on fracking permanent through planning powers was the quickest way to stop the gas extraction process from happening, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted today. That ensured the practice was “banned” across the country, she insisted, despite…

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