Scotland had a £12.6bn deficit last year despite more than £1.4billion in North Sea receipts, according to new tax and spending figures.
In the week or so before I sat down at my desk to write this column, four important and potentially linked events took place.
Hypothermia, falls from height and electrocution are among the injuries caused to Scotland’s windfarm workers over the last five years, according to new figures.
The boss of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has commended Scotland on its efforts to transition to cleaner energy, but added that "all types of energy will be needed".
The number of projects involving foreign firms investing in Scotland fell by almost one-fifth last year, a new report has revealed.
Operators of the Beatrice offshore windfarm say it has produced the highest amount of energy from any single renewables source in Scotland to date.
More than 70 countries across the world are benefiting from Scotland's knowledge of renewable energy, a survey suggests.
Work has been completed at the largest offshore windfarm in Scotland.
A proposed new law to bring in tougher climate change targets in Scotland faces its first hurdle at Holyrood amid calls for more urgent action.
The generation of renewable electricity in Scotland reached record levels last year, according to official statistics.
The Scottish Green Party will urge the Scottish Parliament to declare a "climate emergency" in a debate at Holyrood.
Electricity from renewable energy is essential for modern living and mitigating climate change, but here in the north, our people are getting a very poor deal.
You may be relieved to know that this is not an article about Brexit. However, every cloud has a silver lining - because the last six months of Brexit-related debate have in fact seen the UK’s ports sector attract an unusual amount of political, and therefore public, attention.
Renewable energy is now able to meet more than 70% of Scotland's energy requirement, according to new stats.
A publicly owned energy company must be positioned at the heart of policy making, according to a Holyrood committee.
The first members of a Scottish climate change committee have been announced following a pledge to become carbon neutral.
Ministers have confirmed they are consulting on their "preferred policy position" of fracking being prohibited in Scotland, more than a year after the First Minister said the controversial practice was being banned "end of story".
The Scottish Government has U-turned on plans to recruit a trade specialist to drive up business between Saudi Arabia and domestic energy firms.
Scotland is outperforming the rest of the UK in reducing greenhouse gas emissions - but success in areas such as energy and waste is masking a lack of action in other sectors, a report has said.
Scotland's electricity distribution networks have been urged to boost support for vulnerable customers.
Scotland's economy has "lagged behind" that of other advanced small nations, according to a report which put the country bottom of the list for a key performance measure.
The announcement of a publicly-owned Scottish Energy Company to take on the fat-cats and send prices tumbling served its immediate, and perhaps only, purpose – i.e. it had last October’s SNP conference whooping and cheering.
Wind turbines in Scotland provided a 44% increase in power to the National Grid during the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period last year, environmental groups have said.
Scottish goods exports have risen by nearly a fifth, with oil and gas the fastest rising, according to new figures.
Scotland has been dubbed the “sickie” capital of the UK with more workers faking illness than in any other part of Britain.