New Scottish offshore wind ‘supply chain library’ to be built

New Scottish offshore wind ‘supply chain library’ to be built

Paul O’Brien, the man leading DeepWind and energy development manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), encouraged firms to sign up. He said the database would mean large offshore wind developers and Tier 1 contractors could “utilise it in the domestic and overseas markets”.

Tidal power project smashes record in waters off Scottish coast

Tidal power project smashes record in waters off Scottish coast

The world's biggest tidal-stream array, MeyGen, has exported 17.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity to the national grid. According to Atlantis, the 17.5 GWh sent to the grid represents a new record for the amount of electricity exported by a tidal stream project.

Scottish students drive energy transition at Shell’s Eco-marathon

Scottish students drive energy transition at Shell’s Eco-marathon

Aberdeen University team leader Alessandro Rigola said his team had drawn on Shell’s experience in fuel cells to help prepare his group’s hydrogen-powered vehicle for the technical inspection all entrants must go through before they hit the track.

New Caithness wind farm looks to create 200 construction jobs

New Caithness wind farm looks to create 200 construction jobs

A new Caithness onshore wind project granted Scottish Government consent will look to create up to 200 jobs during the construction phase. Esbjorn Wilmar, managing director of Infinergy, said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has given consent to Limekiln Wind Farm.

Aberdeen Bay wind farm to use radar technology for ‘world first’ bird research

Aberdeen Bay wind farm to use radar technology for ‘world first’ bird research

Swedish wind developer Vattenfall said it has hired a Scottish specialist group to carry out the studies. Chris Jackson, senior environmental specialist at Vattenfall, said: “Vattenfall encourages and enables research and development to support the continued growth of the offshore wind industry.

Gordon Brown asks EDF to ‘honour promises’ to workers on wind farm work

Gordon Brown asks EDF to ‘honour promises’ to workers on wind farm work

“And in a devastating blow to Scottish workers, the French state-owned company EDF is likely to shortchange local firms when their main contractor awards Indonesia the manufacturing work for the NnG offshore wind farm Neart Na Gaoithe.

Cross-party MSPs unite over Scottish onshore wind

Cross-party MSPs unite over Scottish onshore wind

Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “The potential for economic growth through onshore wind development is huge, particularly as our oldest projects begin to approach the end of their lives and we start to look at how they can continue to provide green electricity into the future.

OPEC boss commends Scottish transition but claims ‘all types of energy will be required’

OPEC boss commends Scottish transition but claims ‘all types of energy will be required’

Mohammed Barkindo, the secretary general for OPEC, claimed yesterday that “diversity of supply” was “the best way forward”. But Mr Barkindo was quick to dispel any notion that he thought the energy transition would take place without the inclusion of the oil and gas sector.

Wind farm hailed ‘national success story’ 10 years on

Wind farm hailed ‘national success story’ 10 years on

The report notes that the wind farm has generated enough clean, green energy to provide almost 90% of total annual household electricity consumed by Scottish households and businesses. “We know that renewable energy generation needs to quadruple if we are to deliver on net zero,” said Ms McQuade.

ScottishPower Renewables to build UK’s largest onshore wind battery

ScottishPower Renewables to build UK’s largest onshore wind battery

Iberdrola, ScottishPower Renewables parent company, has revealed it received approval to begin construction on a 50 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery storage unit at the 539MW Whitelees wind onshore wind development.

Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

The lithium-ion battery will help Whitelee, already one of the largest onshore windfarms in Europe, to generate more renewable power by storing electricity when wind speeds are high, for use when the wind drops.

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.

BiFab still ‘in talks’ for pared-down NnG work, EDF claim

BiFab still ‘in talks’ for pared-down NnG work, EDF claim

Troubled Scottish manufacturing firm Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) are still “in talks” for pared-down work on the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) project, developer EDF Renewables has claimed.

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).

‘No surprise’ at permission for proposed Shetland wind farm turbines height to increase

‘No surprise’ at permission for proposed Shetland wind farm turbines height to increase

Opponents of large wind farm developments in Shetland have said they are not surprised permission to increase the turbine height for the planned Viking Energy development was granted by Scottish ministers.

Turbine developers ‘playing the system’

Turbine developers ‘playing the system’

A spokeswoman for Infinergy, behind the Lochluichart Extension II, said: “Scottish Natural Heritage is a statutory consultee in the planning process which provides advice to both the wind farm developer and the planning authority as well as giving their opinion on whether or not a proposal is appropriate in the landscape.

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.

Saipem understood to be NnG contractor but BiFab still ‘confident’ of work

Saipem understood to be NnG contractor but BiFab still ‘confident’ of work

Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem is understood to have tabled the winning bid for a multi-million Scottish wind farm project, with local construction firm BiFab losing out on another major deal.

Equinor ‘working the details’ of next Scottish floating wind project

Equinor ‘working the details’ of next Scottish floating wind project

Sebastian Bringsvaerd, Equinor’s New Energy Solutions lead for floating wind development, said the firm is looking at the new zoning and site work produced by the Scottish regulator, with an eye to developing a future project.

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.

‘We have concerns’ about certain offshore wind projects, Wheelhouse says

‘We have concerns’ about certain offshore wind projects, Wheelhouse says

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said he had “concerns” about the lack of local jobs provided by certain offshore wind projects. He urged developers to work in partnership with the Scottish Government to create more local supply chain opportunities.

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.

Inch Cape developer takes out £80m financing on new Scottish wind project

Inch Cape developer takes out £80m financing on new Scottish wind project

The developer of the Inch Cape wind project has announced it has secured £80 million financing against a new Scottish project. Scottish firm Red Rock Power acquired the 50 megawatt (MW) Afton Wind Farm debt-free in October 2018.

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.

The ten biggest projects in European offshore wind powe

The ten biggest projects in European offshore wind powe

This £2.5bn ($3.3bn) project in the UK North Sea received a contract for difference (CfD) back in February 2015 at a strike price of £119.89/MWh. Owner Iberdrola and developer ScottishPower Renewables (a unit of Iberdrola) have begun construction about 73km off the east coast of England and will install 102 7MW Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 turbines, with completion expected next year.

Former wind farm boss faces jail over sexual images

Former wind farm boss faces jail over sexual images

The former director of a Scottish wind farm company is facing jail after thousands of sexual images and hundreds of videos of young girls were discovered at his home. It’s also understood the married father-of-two, told police: “I think I have autism.

‘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”.

CCS must be ramped up in north-east after ‘cynical betrayal’, warns MSP

CCS must be ramped up in north-east after ‘cynical betrayal’, warns MSP

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) must be ramped up in the north-east after an investment and jobs promise was pulled in a “cynical betrayal”, according to a Scottish MSP.

World’s largest turbine firm on the hunt for Scottish wind projects

World’s largest turbine firm on the hunt for Scottish wind projects

She added: “GE Renewable Energy is looking to partner with and develop local SMEs to qualify them as Haliade-X suppliers, while helping them to be more competitive in a global offshore wind environment.

Union anger as UK energy minister ‘unable to attend’ wind summit

Union anger as UK energy minister ‘unable to attend’ wind summit

A Scottish workers union has hit out after Westminster was forced to admit that the UK’s energy minister will not attend next week’s offshore wind summit in Edinburgh.