Renewables/Energy Transition

Renewables/Energy Transition

Scottish hydro-power wipeout predicted


Scotland’s hydro power faces an agonising march into near-oblivion by the end of the decade, an industry boss warned yesterday. Mark Mathieson, chief executive of Green Highland Renewables (GHR) said the UK Government had failed to take account of evidence and missed out on broader benefits of hydro energy in its review of feed-in tariffs.

Renewables/Energy Transition

£2bn windfarm project nears construction as backers found


A consortium has pledged £500million worth of backing for a £2billion wind farm planned for the outer Forth Estuary, bringing the construction phase a step closer, the company behind the project said yesterday. Mainstream Renewable Power is now in a stronger position to meet the March 26 deadline for achieving financial close, though a judicial review continues to cast doubt on the scheme. The Neart na Gaoithe (NNG) wind farm would bring huge economic gains to Scotland. More than £540million will be spent in Scotland during the construction phase, with 500 jobs created.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Energy Minister says plans afoot to revive “corpse” of Peterhead CCS project


Attempts are being made to revive the “corpse” of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project which had been destined for Peterhead, Scotland’s energy minister said yesterday. But Fergus Ewing said none of the other options being mulled would be easy to put into practice. Plans to build the CCS plant were derailed in November following the UK Government’s decision to cut £1billion worth of funding for the technology.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Campaigners call for ‘ambitious’ renewables target


Scotland should set a new “ambitious” target of generating half of its total electricity, heat and transport demand from renewables by 2030, according to campaigners. It would require a threefold increase in current green energy generation, Scottish Renewables said as it launched a “manifesto” for political parties to adopt ahead of May’s Holyrood election.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Expert claims man-made ‘energy islands’ in the North Sea could help power energy demands


A professor claims the creation of man-made ‘energy islands’ which would be anchored in the North Sea and the English Channel could help the world meet increasing power demands. University of Portsmouth Professor Carl Ross said the floating islands would be attached to the sea by tubular pillars with vacuum chambers in their bases, similar to offshore drilling rigs. The ocean engineer estimated around 120 islands could be dotted on around the UK and would sit around five miles out from the coast line.