An action plan to protect the rights of energy consumers and give them a say in how Scotland moves towards affordable clean energy has been launched by the Scottish Government. The Energy Consumer Action Plan has been developed in collaboration with an expert advisory group that included consumer groups, academics and the regulator Ofgem. Its actions include: establishing an independent Consumers Commission to give consumers a more powerful voice in Scottish and Great Britain energy policy; developing a charter committing signatories to address consumer issues; introducing a statutory duty on public authorities to place people’s interests at the heart of policy and regulatory decision-making. Jamie Stewart, energy policy manager at Citizens Advice Scotland, said: “Some 25% of households in Scotland are in fuel poverty, with the figure rising to 52% for those who rely on electricity as their main source of heating. These figures are far too high and we’re pleased that the Scottish Government have taken on board many of our suggestions for consumer improvements in the Action Plan published today.”
Scottish Housing News 15th May 2019 read more »
Scotland stepped up its response to the ‘climate emergency’ earlier this week as Glasgow and Edinburgh adopted zero-carbon targets in swift succession and the Scottish Parliament provided further details on how it plans to meet its new target of building a net zero emission economy by 2045. ScottishPower pledged on Monday to help make Glasgow the first UK city to reach net-zero carbon emissions, setting a target for meeting the goal of 2045. In related news, SSE announced this week that the last of 84 offshore wind turbines was commissioned this week at Beatrice, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm. The company said the project – which is a joint venture development led by SSE Renewables, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Limited – has been completed on time and under budget after three years of construction. The final 7MW Siemens Gamesa turbine was installed in the Outer Moray Firth, around 13km off the coast of Caithness, bringing the site’s total installed capacity to 588MW – enough to provide clean, low carbon energy to over 450,000 homes.
Business Green 17th May 2019 read more »