Dundee event celebrates city ‘plugging in’ to electric vehicles

Dundee event celebrates city ‘plugging in’ to electric vehicles

The city currently has more than 750 vehicles registered for free parking, 60 charging points, 112 EV taxis and 102 council registered EVs. Justin Meyer of charging firm Swarco, Dee West of Charge Net NZ, David Beeton from Urban Foresight and Elinor Chalmers of EVA Scotland spoke to Mr Llewellyn about the transformation of Dundee.

Glimmer of hope for BiFab as high-level talks announced

Glimmer of hope for BiFab as high-level talks announced

Mr Smith said the campaign was not just about signing one contract but about the long-term future of Scotland’s renewable energy industry.

Onshore wind could save each consumer £50 annually, new research claims

Onshore wind could save each consumer £50 annually, new research claims

The analysis, provided by Vivid Economics, claims that if new wind projects are allowed to go ahead in England, would save consumers money and create thousands of jobs. A local veto on onshore wind currently stands in England, whereas in Scotland no such rules govern the industry.

CWP unveils Scottish mega-farm plan

CWP unveils Scottish mega-farm plan

UK developer is looking to build an 80-turbine wind farm in southern Scotland. The Cheshire company has kicked off scoping with Scottish ministers for the Scoop Hill wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway consisting of 80 turbines.

Beatrice reaches renewables record for Scottish output

Beatrice reaches renewables record for Scottish output

Operators of the Beatrice offshore windfarm say it has produced the highest amount of energy from any single renewables source in Scotland to date. #2 This is also the highest output from any single renewable source in Scotland to date!#operatingBeatrice #milestone #renewableenergy #recordbreaker #offshorewind #windpower — BOWL (@beatricewind).

Lighthouse to be beacon for solar energy

Lighthouse to be beacon for solar energy

The lamp in one of Scotland’s best-known lighthouses could be run on solar energy by 2021. Now the board has submitted plans to Highland Council for an array of 63 panels as part of an upgrade, allowing the station to be converted from a diesel-powered cycle-charged light to solar-powered.

Scotland could miss climate targets thanks to UK energy policy, Scottish MSP warns

Scotland could miss climate targets thanks to UK energy policy, Scottish MSP warns

The Climate Change Secretary said Westminster has to take decisions in reserved areas to enable Scotland to hit its proposed target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.

Construction completed at Scotland’s largest offshore windfarm

Construction completed at Scotland’s largest offshore windfarm

Scottish energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “The last of the 84 turbines being installed on Scotland’s first commercial scale offshore wind farm is an important landmark for offshore wind in Scottish waters and a fantastic achievement for SSE and its project partners.

North of Scotland ‘must’ continue to grow onshore wind, First Minister says

North of Scotland ‘must’ continue to grow onshore wind, First Minister says

Asked about the potential for the introduction of a public veto on onshore wind projects, Ms Sturgeon said: “I think we’ve got a good record of this in Scotland in developers actually involving communities so it doesn’t come down to public veto.

Engineers from Strathy North wind farm evacuated as wildfire rages on

Engineers from Strathy North wind farm evacuated as wildfire rages on

Meanwhile, staff from RSPB Scotland were actively engaging with fire crews yesterday in a bid to protect their Forsinard nature reserve as the blaze reached the western border.

Scottish renewables firms exporting to more than 70 countries

Scottish renewables firms exporting to more than 70 countries

Scottish Renewables chief executive Claire Mack said: “Scotland’s stretching renewable energy targets and the calibre of our engineering skills, in particular, mean the world is watching, and the results of this latest survey show the impact of our industry is now truly being felt across the globe.

‘World’s largest’ tidal turbine to be built in the Highlands

‘World’s largest’ tidal turbine to be built in the Highlands

He added: “As the sole supplier of turbine generation equipment to the second phase of the MeyGen Project in Scotland, partnering with GE unlocks enormous opportunities to build on 10 years of research and design to now deliver more cost-effective, cleaner tidal power solutions for developers around the world.

Wind farm firm looks to dish out community benefit cash

Wind farm firm looks to dish out community benefit cash

The £30 scheme has been set up to fund community buildings local to Thrive’s seven renewable energy projects in Scotland. Adrian Warman, operations manager at Thrive, said: “Implementing energy efficiency improvements is a great way of cutting carbon emissions and raising awareness of sustainable energy use throughout the community.

Hopes of 3k north-east and Highlands jobs bonanza from offshore wind

Hopes of 3k north-east and Highlands jobs bonanza from offshore wind

DeepWind, the North of Scotland Offshore Wind Cluster, said last night it wanted to see “at least half” of the 6,000 Scottish jobs predicted as part of the newly-launched Offshore Wind Sector Deal come to the region.

‘Conditions’ could be added to future offshore wind awards, Scot Gov says

‘Conditions’ could be added to future offshore wind awards, Scot Gov says

Scotland’s finance secretary has promised to explore adding “conditions” to future offshore wind farm projects to include local businesses and jobs, following a summit at Holyrood yesterday. Scottish Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse claimed local firms were seeing a “poor market share” from offshore wind projects, adding that the current situation “isn’t good enough”.

Balmoral subsea centre used for marine mammal tidal turbine testing

Balmoral subsea centre used for marine mammal tidal turbine testing

Offshore engineering firm Balmoral Group has revealed its Aberdeen subsea centre was the site for new tests examining the interaction between tidal turbines and marine mammals. MeyGen is currently developing a large-scale tidal turbine project of up to 398 megawatts (MW) close to Scotland’s north-east tip.

Crown Estate Scotland offshore wind leasing round confirmed for October

Crown Estate Scotland offshore wind leasing round confirmed for October

The wind leasing round was originally set for April, with the Crown Estate Scotland saying they would make a full announcement on a date before the end of July.

Lack of local content provided by wind farms ‘insufficient’ in Scotland

Lack of local content provided by wind farms ‘insufficient’ in Scotland

The amount of local content provided by Scottish offshore wind infrastructure projects was deemed “insufficient” by politicians and union representatives last night.

BiFab boss: ‘Tighter regulation needed’ if Scottish wind firms are to win contracts

BiFab boss: ‘Tighter regulation needed’ if Scottish wind firms are to win contracts

It wants to ensure developers stick to commitments in UK Government contracts on proportions of work to carried out in Scotland and for regulation to exclude any firms not abiding by state aid rules.

‘Pace and purpose’ needed for Scottish renewables supply chain boom, unions warn

‘Pace and purpose’ needed for Scottish renewables supply chain boom, unions warn

A sense of “pace and purpose” is required to ensure Scotland doesn’t miss out on a renewable energy supply chain boom, according to two trade unions ahead of a Holyrood committee roundtable meeting today.

Scottish Government urged to develop Green New Deal policy

Scottish Government urged to develop Green New Deal policy

Patrick Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to develop a Green New Deal policy for Scotland. Mr Harvie said: “Last month the Greens brought forward a vote calling on the Scottish Parliament to declare a climate emergency.

Troubled turbine firm sees share price plummet

Troubled turbine firm sees share price plummet

In October, Senvion signed a major deal with SSE to provide upkeep and services to four onshore wind farms in the north of Scotland. The contract was for the servicing of 107 turbines across SSE’s Gordonbush, Achany, Fairburn and Strathy North wind farms.

Vattenfall table extension application for Aberdeen Bay wind farm

Vattenfall table extension application for Aberdeen Bay wind farm

Kevin Metcalfe, Vattenfall’s project director, said last night: “We have submitted to Marine Scotland an application to prolong the lease of the innovative European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre from 22-years to 25-years.

Turbine firm with major Scottish deal puts business into ‘self-administration’

Turbine firm with major Scottish deal puts business into ‘self-administration’

A turbine firm who agreed a multi-million deal to provide upkeep to four Scottish wind developments has placed itself into “self-administration”. In October, Senvion signed a major deal with SSE to provide upkeep and services to four onshore wind farms in the north of Scotland.

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm to create close to 100 jobs

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm to create close to 100 jobs

Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm project is set to create close to 100 full-time jobs once complete. The £2.6 billion Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm in the Moray Firth is close to finish construction, SSE said last week as the project installed its 70th turbine.

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project nears finish line

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project nears finish line

The £2.6 billion Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm in the Moray Firth is close to completion, according to the project’s developers. One of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history, the Moray Firth wind farm will look to generate 588 megawatts (MW) of power.

Offshore renewables to power whisky distilleries and fish farms

Offshore renewables to power whisky distilleries and fish farms

One of the scenarios considered by the Crown Estate Scotland study was a six-megawatt tidal renewable energy development connecting into a large island with significant industrial users, including four whisky distilleries as well as agriculture and fishing.

Crown Estate report: ‘No real incentive’ to choose marine energy over wind and solar

Crown Estate report: ‘No real incentive’ to choose marine energy over wind and solar

The Scottish Government public body claimed yesterday that despite the potential of wave and tidal technology there was still a “limited rational” over cheaper alternative power sources. But he added that the report also saw wave and tidal as “important contributors” to local and regional energy sources around the coastal regions of Scotland.

Energy Voice  -  Mackie’s Ice Cream and Aberdeenshire Council win £4m grant to reduce emissions

Energy Voice - Mackie’s Ice Cream and Aberdeenshire Council win £4m grant to reduce emissions

The LCITP continues to help place Scotland at the forefront of the low carbon transition and support our wider programmes to meet our world-leading climate change targets.”.

Energy Voice  -  Renewable electricity generation hits record high in Scotland

Energy Voice - Renewable electricity generation hits record high in Scotland

The generation of renewable electricity in Scotland reached record levels last year, according to official statistics. “Despite damaging policy changes from the UK Government since 2015, particularly in terms of impacts on onshore wind, we continue to provide strong support for Scotland’s renewable energy sector.