Scotland's offshore wind developers have invested about £165million in projects around the country to date, industry figures show.
The 20th anniversary of a major oil spill in Scottish waters is a reminder of the need to be vigilant about environmental and safety issues in the North Sea. That was the message from Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead yesterday as he highlighted the fate of the tanker Braer, which ran aground off Shetland in January 1993. The disaster caused 85,000 tonnes of oil to pour into the sea, making it one of the world's biggest oil spills.
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Two international energy giants said the debate over Scotland's constitutional future is not affecting their investment plans.
Marine energy development took a historic step forward yesterday with the announcement of the successful bidders for the world's first wave and tidal leasing scheme.
Hammerfest Strom UK has received a £3.9million grant from the Carbon Trust for construction and testing of a one-megawatt (MW) tidalpower device at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.
SHETLAND Islands Council has backed calls for Scotland to get a share of North Sea oil revenues.
THE government faced an accusation last night that Scotland's renewable energy policy was "in shreds".