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Fracking and the election debate

Fracking has probably been the only energy issue to surface in the Scottish Parliament election campaign. The Tories support it, Labour oppose it, and the SNP are sceptical, but not ruling it out. As we have previously reported, the energy minister Fergus Ewing is clearly pro-fracking, but we suspect Nicola Sturgeon is more sceptical – …

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World Water Day 2016

Today is World Water Day. The 22nd March is designated as World Water Day by the UN to mark the importance of water and sanitation. This year’s theme is ‘Better Water, Better Jobs’. 1.5 billion people work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. …

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Fracking – More pressure on Scottish Government

Fracking remains the story that won’t go away for the Scottish Government.   After a long-running battle for the release of the official record of the First Minister’s meeting with Ineos, the Scottish Government has revealed more information. However, key passages remain redacted after the Information Commissioner refused to order full disclosure. The Scottish Government …

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Geordies watch out – UCG heading south

Good news today for campaigners against unconventional gas with the announcement that Cluff Natural Resources has shelved plans to create the UK’s first deep offshore underground coal gasification (UCG) plant at Kincardine in Fife. The company, which holds nine UCG licences across Scotland, England and Wales, made some pretty ambitious claims that the £250 million …

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World Water Day

Today is UN World Water Day. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for people across the world who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In a developed country like Scotland we take water from the tap …

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Global Divestment Day

If we are to save the planet for future generations, it's time to take action against the power and influence of the fossil fuel industry. 13th-14th February is Global Divestment Day. Thousands of people across 6 continents taking collective action to show the strength of the growing global divestment movement and demanding our institutions go …

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Security or insecurity of energy supply

Renewable generation in Scotland exceeded nuclear for the first time according to the latest government statistics. But this may not be as significant as some claim. Wind and hydro power produced 10.3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in the first six months of this year. National Grid figures showed nuclear power stations generated 7.8TWh over the …

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Just another fracking day

Since Dave Watson's blog on fracking and the powers of the Scottish Government to stop it, there have been a few developments that I thought were worth a short update. Starting with the Smith Commission report that includes devolving onshore gas exploration. That removes any fig leaf the Scottish Government may have been clinging to …

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How councils can improve our energy system

Cities could play an important role in our energy system. In the energy chapter of the ‘Red Paper on Scotland’, I argued for greater public ownership of energy generation in Scotland by rediscovering the role local government used to play. This reflects what other countries regard as the norm, notably through the growth of renewables …

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Scottish Water to remain in the public sector post-independence

In our look at the Scottish Water capital programme we noticed that the White Paper ‘Scotland’s Future’ was silent on the future of Scottish Water. Our request for clarification resulted in this helpful response from the Scottish Government. “The Water Industry in Scotland is already a devolved issue. Scottish Ministers have full policy responsibility for …

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