Category Archives: Renewable energy

Coal may be declining, but renewables are being held back

Last Friday was probably the first time the UK has not used coal to generate electricity since the world’s first public coal-fired generator opened in 1882 in London. That is undoubtably a notable milestone towards a low carbon energy system, but it doesn’t mean an end to fossil fuel electricity generation. There may have been …

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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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Mixed picture for renewables

A clear majority of Scots want to see the next Scottish Government make renewable energy a priority, according to a poll commissioned by Scottish Renewables. 70% wanted more energy produced from renewables compared to only 19% from fracking. Scotland is not alone in making progress in renewable energy. In 2014 (latest data), the share of …

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New blows to Scottish renewables

Further blows to Scottish renewables as offshore wind projects are going nowhere and community energy is likely to be hit by lower feed-in tariffs. The Sunday Herald reports that investment poured into the development of three proposed Scottish offshore wind farms is at risk because of continuing delays in securing vital government subsidies. Lindsay Roberts, Senior …

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2016 could be challenging for renewables

Renewable energy in Scotland starts 2016 with some positive numbers, but how green will this year be for the sector? The latest Department of Energy and Climate Change statistics showed almost half (49.7%) of Scotland’s electricity demand came from renewable sources and Scotland exported 23.7% of what it generated. This means renewables provided 38% of …

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How billpayers are subsidising the dirtiest energy

  The UK government has not only abandoned any pretence of a low carbon energy policy, but if anything they are going into reverse. The latest IPPR publication highlights the government’s mad maths. Last year the government introduced a new energy policy which has awarded £109 million in subsidies, paid out of consumers’ energy bills, …

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Cruachan Power Station and those who died

On the 50th anniversary of the opening of Cruachan Power Station, we should remember not just the amazing engineering achievement, but also the 36 men who died building it and many others who perished as a consequence of working there. Cruachan Power Station, in which the power to top up the National Grid is stored, …

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Another blow to renewable energy

The UK Government may be about to add a further blow to renewables by threatening to scrap Feed in Tariffs. The government aims to rein its spending following the revelation it overspent on the £7.6 billion levy control framework (LCF) by £1.5 billion. Decc has suggested it would close the FiT to new applicants by January …

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Finding a future for wind power

As the political storm over the UK government's decision to end subsidies for onshore wind power rumbles on, we take a look at wind power developments in Scotland. Renewables now generate almost half of Scotland's energy with wind power at record levels, according to the latest data. Wind turbines produced 4,452 gigawatt-hours of electricity in …

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Wind farm subsidy – right policy, wrong timing

The UK government decision to exclude new onshore wind farms from a subsidy scheme a year earlier than planned, is the right energy policy, but wrong on timing. The subsidies, which are paid for by consumers, will end from 1 April 2016 although there will be a grace period for projects which already have planning …

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