Author Archive: utilitiesscot

Keeping the lights on

Keeping the lights on remains a controversial issue with competing views on short term capacity against long sustainable generation. A group of MPs in the British Infrastructure Group (BIG) argue that Britain could be facing nationwide festive blackouts next winter unless radical changes are made to the UK’s electricity network. They claim that UK government …

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Smart and flexible energy system?

There needs to be a radical rethink of the current energy system to squeeze out dirty fuels and accommodate emerging technologies.   That’s the conclusion of a recent Policy Exchange report that recommends the removal of several regulatory and policy barriers to create a level playing between cleaner and dirtier forms of electricity.   The …

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SNP and UK Labour energy plans

The Scottish Government’s plan for the coming year includes few surprises for the utilities sector. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also announces his new energy policy. Unsurprisingly, the focus is on low carbon energy provision with a new Energy Strategy for Scotland in 2017. One of the aims is to send signals to investors of …

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Renewables round up

The Scottish Affairs Committee has published a report into the renewable energy sector in Scotland. It reports that significant growth of the renewable sector in Scotland in recent years has demonstrated the benefit of a supportive policy environment. Electricity production from sources as diverse as wind, hydro and biomass has attracted significant investment. Growth has …

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Abolishing DECC and climate change

One of the first acts of Theresa May as Prime Minister was to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change and merge it into an expanded Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. There are differing views on the impact. The New Economic Foundation (NEF) argues it’s a bad idea along with most environmental …

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New fracking push by Ineos

Ineos is using the Brexit uncertainty to make a new push for fracking in Scotland. Their CEO has called for an overhaul of UK energy policy and for manufacturing to be placed at the heart of the economy as Britain faces up to life on the outside of the European Union (EU). He urged Scottish …

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What next for fuel poverty in Scotland?

The Scottish Government has finally admitted what has been obvious to everyone – they will not meet their statutory target of ending fuel poverty this year. Under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 the Scottish Government has a statutory duty to; ‘ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that people are not living in fuel poverty in …

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Post-Brexit implications for utilities

If anything is growing post-Brexit, it has to be an industry in predicting the implications. However, this is largely meaningless speculation until the terms of any new UK relationship with the EU has been negotiated. For example, will the UK be able to cherry pick which EU schemes it remains in. The current government might …

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A good day for bad news

Issuing bad news on a busy news day is a a pretty common ploy. This time it’s the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) report on energy market pricing, slipped out last Friday amongst the post-Brexit row. On reading it you can see why. A two year investigation has resulted in few significant actions and won’t …

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Fixing the dysfunctional energy market

Ofgem are in the news this morning, warning energy firms to deliver on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommendations. If they don’t he warned of very un-Ofgem consequences including price regulation. The Ofgem boss said: “If the industry doesn’t deliver on the CMA remedies, if it doesn’t get competition back on track, in my …

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