Scotland may have to rely on shale gas fracked in England to keep homes heated, Ruth Davidson claimed yesterday, as she increased the pressure on the SNP over its energy policy. The Nationalist government has had a moratorium on fracking for 18 months and, this week, Ineos, the petrochemical giant, imported shale gas from America for its chemical plant in Grangemouth. It said its facility would otherwise have been closed with the loss of 10,000 jobs – and its chief executive accused the government of hypocrisy over its position on fracking. Ms Davidson demanded yesterday that Nicola Sturgeon “gives the country some proper answers” on whether the process will be given the green light in Scotland. The moratorium was put in place to give the government time to assess research and carry out a public consultation.
Times 30th Sept 2016 read more »
Coal-fired power stations produced the lowest share of UK electricity on record in the second quarter of 2016 following the closures of several plants. Coal accounted for just under 6pc of electricity generation in the three months to June, down from more than 20pc in the same period of 2015, the latest Government figures show. Gas increased from just under 30pc to more than 45pc in the same period, representing “a large switch in generation from coal to gas, which will have reduced carbon dioxide emissions”, according to the latest statistical bulletin. The figures highlight the dramatic decline of the fuel that was the dominant source of electricity in the UK as recently as 2013.
Telegraph 29th Sept 2016 read more »
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