New business secretary, COP appointment a ‘blow for meaningful climate action’, say Greens

New business secretary, COP appointment a ‘blow for meaningful climate action’, say Greens

The Scottish Green Party has warned that the UK Government’s appointment of Alok Sharma as minister for the COP26 UN climate summit is a threat to meaningful climate action.

Floating Wind, By Royal Appointment: UK Edges Closer to Dedicated Tenders

Floating Wind, By Royal Appointment: UK Edges Closer to Dedicated Tenders

“Scottish Ministers will continue to lobby the U.K. government for an amended CFD regime which meaningfully and effectively targets and supports innovative technologies, including floating wind — exploiting the advantage and resource which Scotland has in these areas — and that supports supply chain development,” it said in a statement.

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm and Wheelhouse scoop Green Energy Award gongs

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm and Wheelhouse scoop Green Energy Award gongs

The north of Scotland was recognised as a renewable energy powerhouse last night as the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm was handed a top award by Scotland’s renewable energy industry.Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse took home the Outstanding Contribution Award for his work in promoting tidal and wind energy.

Double whammy for Caithness wind farm opponents

Double whammy for Caithness wind farm opponents

Scottish Ministers approved the application by Infinergy and Boralex at Limekiln but rejected the 17-turbine scheme lodged by Drum Hollistan Renewables LLP.And Drum Hollistan Renewables has confirmed that is it planning to go ahead with a ‘significantly reduced’ proposal.

SSE gets revised planning consent for Highland ‘subsidy-free’ wind farm extension

SSE gets revised planning consent for Highland ‘subsidy-free’ wind farm extension

SSE Renewables has been granted a revised planning consent for an extension to Scotland’s first subsidy-free onshore wind farm in the Highlands.Scottish Ministers said yesterday they would revise the planning consent for an 11-turbine extension to Gordonbush onshore wind farm.

New Scottish Offshore Wind Council hopes to increase sector jobs by 75%

New Scottish Offshore Wind Council hopes to increase sector jobs by 75%

Industry trade body Scottish Renewables said the new council’s ambitions were in line with those of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, unveiled in March, when UK Energy Minister Claire Perry pledged a £250 million investment.

Flood of cash for most powerful tidal turbine

Flood of cash for most powerful tidal turbine

Orkney-based Orbital Marine Power has been awarded £3.4 million of Scottish Government funding to help build the world’s most powerful floating tidal turbine.Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “We have established a world lead in marine renewable technologies and this project represents a significant step forward in technological development.

How to spend windfalls from windfarms?

How to spend windfalls from windfarms?

On land three miles north of Lybster, German energy giant E.On Climate and Renewables will soon learn if Scottish ministers will approve its Golticlay windfarm, comprising 19 430ft turbines.

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.

‘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.

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.

‘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”.

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.

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.

'Potential' Polish partners in offshore wind, Scottish trade minister reveals

'Potential' Polish partners in offshore wind, Scottish trade minister reveals

Ivan McKee, minister for trade, investment and innovation, met with Poland’s energy minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski to speak directly to possible partners and key stakeholders within the growing Polish renewable energy market.

Marine energy should be 'prioritised' in Scot Gov draft budget, trade body says

Marine energy should be 'prioritised' in Scot Gov draft budget, trade body says

The Scottish marine energy sector should be “prioritised” in the Scottish Government’s draft budget, according to a renewables trade body. Scottish Renewables yesterday submitted a package of measures to finance and economy minister, Derek Mackay, asking the government to invest in the Scottish wave and tidal sector.

Scottish Government needs to 'act now' on energy transition, warns Green's Harvie

Scottish Government needs to 'act now' on energy transition, warns Green's Harvie

Scottish energy minister Paul Wheelhouse also said this week that the oil and gas sector remains a “key component” of the country’s energy system and economy. Mr Harvie said: “Scotland’s energy transformation can be driven further and faster if the Scottish Government backs our calls for more ambitious emissions reductions targets.

Swedish firm still hopeful of getting troubled Dounreay floating wind project 'back on track'

Swedish firm still hopeful of getting troubled Dounreay floating wind project 'back on track'

The Swedish developers of a floating wind project planned off the Scottish coastline have said they are still hoping to get it “back on track”. A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The project filed for administration in June 2017.

First power generated from 'world's largest floating windfarm' off Aberdeen

First power generated from 'world's largest floating windfarm' off Aberdeen

Speaking during the conference in Aberdeen, Scottish Minister for Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “I am delighted to support a project which demonstrates Scotland’s ability to harness its enormous offshore wind potential.

Scotrenewables gains private investment from millionaire inventor

Scotrenewables gains private investment from millionaire inventor

Scottish Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said “I am delighted that Scotrenewables Tidal Power has secured private investment that will support its ongoing development so soon after it announced that its ‘SR2000’ tidal turbine in Orkney – the most powerful turbine deployed in the World – has already generated 3 GWh of electricity to the grid in the past 12 months.

Mammoth wind project planned off Scotland's east coast

Mammoth wind project planned off Scotland's east coast

A spokeswoman for SSE said: “Seagreen Wind Energy Limited (Seagreen), a joint venture between SSE and Fluor, has submitted a new application to Scottish Ministers seeking consent for revisions to its planned offshore wind farm projects off the Angus coast.

Scottish tidal firm to sit down with G7 ministers

Scottish tidal firm to sit down with G7 ministers

An Edinburgh-based tidal energy firm will sit down with G7 ministers today to discuss the future of the offshore renewable energy sector. Nova Innovation, which recently received EU backing for its tidal turbine, will meet G7 energy ministers during a roundtable discussion on the best methods to capture energy from tides.