Government urged to bring cash to help Aberdeen’s energy transition

Government urged to bring cash to help Aberdeen’s energy transition

Last night Mr Lumsden said: “To avoid the worst of the impending financial hardship and significant job losses, we’re calling on the UK Government and Holyrood to prepare a resilience support package for the energy industry.

Simec Atlantis Energy furloughs workers due to Covid-19 pandemic

Simec Atlantis Energy furloughs workers due to Covid-19 pandemic

The firm said in a statement: “Outside of the staffing requirements described above, management has this week placed 27 employees, who are currently unable to work, on furlough and it will seek to make an application to cover the cost of these furloughed employees through the UK Governments’ Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Share of renewable energy production hits record high in Scotland

Share of renewable energy production hits record high in Scotland

She said: “The growth of offshore wind has happened more slowly in Scotland than in the rest of the UK and onshore wind, which makes up the majority of our green power generation capacity, was locked out of the energy market by the UK Government for four years, meaning very few new projects were built.”.

UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh year in a row

UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh year in a row

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell for a seventh consecutive year in 2019 after a record year for renewable energy, according to government figures.More than a third (36.9%) of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewable energy sources including wind farms, solar panels and biomass-fuelled power plants in 2019, a record for the sector.

CfD set to make a big difference for UK renewables sector

CfD set to make a big difference for UK renewables sector

Despite these challenges, the UK Government’s proposed changes to the CfD is positive for onshore wind developers and one that is likely to increase activity and promote healthy competition when it comes to securing land rights for onshore wind developments.

UK government underscores net-zero commitment by unlocking onshore wind

UK government underscores net-zero commitment by unlocking onshore wind

Further details about the size and timing of the auction is needed, but UK renewable energy trade body RenewableUK believe that onshore wind’s inclusion in the next CfD tender will deliver new capacity at prices similar to the low prices seen for offshore wind in last year’s CfD.“The government is pressing ahead with action to meet our net zero emissions target quickly and at lowest cost to consumers and businesses,” said RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Hugh McNeal.

UK government lifts block on new onshore windfarm subsidies

UK government lifts block on new onshore windfarm subsidies

The UK government has abandoned its opposition to subsidising new onshore windfarms, four years after ministers scrapped support for new projects.

Report identifies main obstacle to decarbonisation

Report identifies main obstacle to decarbonisation

Professor Graeme Roy, director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, who contributed to the report, said: “With both the UK and Scottish governments clearly committed to net zero, decarbonising transport will be at the economic front-line of the transition.

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.

Claire O’Neill tells of sadness at losing climate talks presidency

Claire O’Neill tells of sadness at losing climate talks presidency

“For this summit to be a success, the new president needs the full weight of the UK Government behind them and the Prime Minister acting as lead diplomat and persuader when needed.

SSE to start building first subsidy-free onshore wind farm in Highlands

SSE to start building first subsidy-free onshore wind farm in Highlands

“We urge the UK Government to ensure onshore wind can be developed at the pace and scale set out by the Committee on Climate Change by providing investors with more certainty over the income they will receive for generating zero-carbon power in the longer term.

UK Government onshore wind policy has ‘damaged’ the sector, Scottish director claims

UK Government onshore wind policy has ‘damaged’ the sector, Scottish director claims

“It is hard to see how the UK Government could attend the world’s most important climate summit while continuing to exclude these low-cost, popular technologies from the energy market.”.

Renewables should be high on new UK government's agenda as climate conference beckons

Renewables should be high on new UK government's agenda as climate conference beckons

Jim Smith, Managing Director of SSE Renewables, calls on the UK Government to recognise the unique opportunity of COP26 and help shape the climate change fight.

Scotland ‘needs a plan’ for offshore wind jobs, Scottish Labour leader warns

Scotland ‘needs a plan’ for offshore wind jobs, Scottish Labour leader warns

The First Minister said powers over employment law was reserved to the UK Government, before urging the Scottish Labour Party to consider their opposition to Scottish independence during their post-election “period of reflection”.

‘Clarity’ needed from new UK Gov on Brexit ‘risk’ to Scottish renewables sector

‘Clarity’ needed from new UK Gov on Brexit ‘risk’ to Scottish renewables sector

It is understood Boris Johnson’s new Conservative majority government will look to fast-track the UK’s exit from the European Union – leaving many in Scotland’s renewable energy sector asking questions about future funding and jobs.Aberdeen MSP Kevin Stewart last night called on the new UK Government to “step up to the plate” and support the industry.

PM Johnson makes £800m carbon capture funding pledge

PM Johnson makes £800m carbon capture funding pledge

Boris Johnson sought to deflect attention from the UK Government’s “woeful” response to major flooding across Yorkshire with a raft of announcements on technology and energy investment last night.

Equinor and SSE get go-ahead for huge Southern North Sea wind farm

Equinor and SSE get go-ahead for huge Southern North Sea wind farm

Norwegian energy giant Equinor has announced that its joint bid with SSE Renewables to develop a huge 3.6 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind project in the Southern North Sea. The Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm was today successful in its UK Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction to win a UK Government contract.

Fate of huge Scottish wind projects decided by UK Government today

Fate of huge Scottish wind projects decided by UK Government today

The UK Government will inform a number of huge wind farm projects planned in the Scottish North Sea whether their bid for a Contracts for Difference (CfD) has been successful.

Moray West director vows ‘we will build this project’ after CfD disappointment

Moray West director vows ‘we will build this project’ after CfD disappointment

The 90-turbine Moray West Offshore Wind Farm was informed early yesterday by the UK Government that it had not met the desired “strike price” to sell energy to the National Grid.One Scottish offshore wind insider yesterday called the result for Moray West and Viking Energy “a major blow” for the Highlands and Grampian region.

New windfarms will not cost billpayers after subsidies hit record low

New windfarms will not cost billpayers after subsidies hit record low

The UK’s next wave of offshore windfarms will generate clean electricity at no extra cost to consumers after record low-subsidy deals fell below the market price for the first time.New offshore wind projects will power millions of British homes under “zero-subsidy” support contracts within the next four years, following a record-breaking government subsidy auction.

More than 100 suppliers to converge at Scottish offshore wind event

More than 100 suppliers to converge at Scottish offshore wind event

HIE and Scottish Enterprise are currently managing the new offshore wind sector cluster, which covers the Highlands and Islands and Moray, Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire and has been set up as part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.

New funding plans for nuclear and CCS, BEIS say

New funding plans for nuclear and CCS, BEIS say

New ways of funding nuclear power and technology to capture carbon emissions could help the UK deliver net-zero emissions, the Government has said.

Exclusive: Multi-million Moray Firth wind farm wins approval

Exclusive: Multi-million Moray Firth wind farm wins approval

The Moray West project is the sister site for the huge Moray East Offshore Wind farm that began construction last month. The project completing all the permissions necessary for the development to compete in the upcoming UK government Contracts for difference (CfD) auction this summer.

After week of no coal, UK breaks another peak solar generation record

After week of no coal, UK breaks another peak solar generation record

These new record peak generation records may not play a huge part in the way solar is viewed moving forward, but it is more fuel to the argument that the UK Government must quickly allow solar the same support and lack of impediments granted to other renewable energy technologies.

“Cheap shot” at big solar: Industry slams Queensland rule change

“Cheap shot” at big solar: Industry slams Queensland rule change

The Labor Palaszczuk government confirmed on Tuesday that a new rule allowing only licensed electricians to mount, locate, fix or remove solar panels on projects of 100kW and above would become law in the state on May 13.Queensland’s minister for industry, Grace Grace, said the rule change, which has been endorsed by the state’s Electrical Trades Union, had been fast-tracked to address concerns about unlicensed workers, including backpackers and labourers, endangering themselves and others.

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.

Energy Voice  -  Scottish coastal areas to 'benefit greatly' from wind sector deal

Energy Voice - Scottish coastal areas to 'benefit greatly' from wind sector deal

The organisation behind the UK Government’s offshore wind sector deal said Scottish coastal regions will “benefit greatly” from increased employment. The north-east and Highlands already have a number of offshore wind developments with the Aberdeen Bay project and the giant 84-turbine Beatrice Offshore Windfarm due to be completed this year.

Energy Voice  -  New offshore wind sector deal to be launched by UK Government

Energy Voice - New offshore wind sector deal to be launched by UK Government

A new offshore wind sector deal will be launched by the UK Government tomorrow in an effort to increase jobs and grow the number of women in the industry.

Trial revs up on Australian-first 100 per cent renewable diesel

Trial revs up on Australian-first 100 per cent renewable diesel

PRESS RELEASE An Australian-first trial using 100 per cent renewable diesel to fuel a Scania test engine is up and running thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund .

UK Government increases renewables funding following review

UK Government increases renewables funding following review

The government announced the increase last night in response to a January review held by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). In January, the UK Government announced it would propose new solar power subsidies for households and businesses.