One of the North East’s leading academics says the massive changes on how we make and use energy are paving the way for the transition to a 100% renewable electricity system. “We need to build a new energy system to support the transition from fossil fuels to low carbon sources”, says Prof Phil Taylor Siemens Professor of Energy Systems at Newcastle University.
Newcastle Chronicle 20th July 2016 read more »
The future growth of Scotland’s flagship renewables industry could be choked off by swingeing subsidy cuts from Westminster, a committee of MPs has warned. An estimated 21,000 people now work in the green energy sector north of the Border, which produces almost 30 per cent of the UK’s renewable electricity. Environmentalists hit out when the UK government announced an end to lucrative subsidies for onshore windfarms last year. The Scottish Affairs ¬Committee has today ¬published a report into the renewable energy sector in Scotland which warns that its successes could now be undermined by changes to UK -government policy. “We have urged the government to clarify the future ¬support which will be available to the renewable sector, and set out how they will work with the Scottish Government to develop a clear, long-term plan that will allow renewable energy to remain a central part of the energy mix,” committee chairman Pete Wishart said.
Scotsman 25th July 2016 read more »