It has emerged that the UK's strategically vital renewables sector will be forced to subsidise the nuclear revival, despite many critics saying that building new stations will never be economic.
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On July 25, the UK Government announced its decision to follow Scotland's lead and set its own onshore wind band at 0.9 ROCS. This decision is to be welcomed, but I am concerned at London's decision to only set this band for one year, until 2014, and immediately review it, risking yet more uncertainty for the industry and potentially discouraging investors.
The biggest question at the heart of Scotland's future power supply is not about renewables, though that is where the main focus tends. Rather it is Longannet.
SCOTLAND'S 32 councils are to be given new planning advice about the siting of windfarms.
Scottish engineering company Weir Group upgraded its profit forecast yesterday as it reported a continuation of the progress that helped it to break into the FTSE 100 recently.
The media and politicians tend to talk more about developments in technology to generate electricity than about other energy-related issues.
One of the UK's leading business figures found out at first hand yesterday about the importance to the north-east of new tax breaks for the oil and gas industry.
Oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood has accused Scottish ministers of being in denial over their belief that the country's energy needs can be met from renewable sources.
I have been musing lately over how things in the electricity generation sector have changed over the past few decades and what we may end up doing in the future.
Aberdeen could become a global leader in the £3trillion green energy revolution that is under way, a UK Government minister has said.
A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at a conference in Edinburgh entitled Powering Scotland, which took a serious look at whether or not the provisions are in place to keep the lights on over the next decade or so.
A FRESH war of words broke out last night between Holyrood and Westminster over whether Scotland can survive without nuclear power.
Scotland cannot rely on renewable energy alone, and must turn to nuclear power to safeguard future electricity production, Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy claimed yesterday.
A fifth of the electricity used in Scotland came from renewable sources last year, it was revealed yesterday.
British Energy said yesterday it had received a range of proposals from several parties wishing to make a full offer for the nuclear-power firm.
LANCASTER University's marketing blurb says: "It is difficult to open a newspaper without coming across articles on global warming and energy security or an advertisement claiming 'greenness' as a reason to buy particular products or services.