SCOTLAND’S leading energy industry experts have called on the Scottish Government to “grasp its opportunity to transform the country’s energy sector”, ahead of the publication of its energy strategy later this week. The Future Energy Taskforce is calling for a bold vision to decarbonise Scotland’s energy system and hit climate change targets, and it says that the Scottish Government will need to use all the powers at its disposal, including targets, incentives and regulation to bring about the changes required. Meanwhile, the world’s largest subsea power cable has come ashore at Ardneil Bay in North Ayrshire. At around 385km long, it’s a crucial part of the £1 billion Western Link project, a joint venture between ScottishPower and National Grid to take renewable power from Scotland to homes and businesses in England and Wales. Professor Jan Webb, of Edinburgh University, said: “Scotland’s relatively old and often draughty buildings account for nearly half of our energy spending, and we have a great opportunity to improve their warmth without turning up the heating. “All homes should be renovated to a minimum ‘C’ energy performance rating by 2025, through incentives and standards which build on successful existing schemes. “We also need to start planning now for a future sustainable and renewable heat supply. “Local governments will need to examine the best options for their areas and be empowered and resourced to develop detailed strategies.”
The National 23rd Jan 2017 read more »
The Scottish government must “grasp its opportunity” with a “bold vision” to transform the energy sector, according to a panel of experts. The Future Energy Taskforce, brought together by charity WWF, said targets, incentives and regulation should all be used to help decarbonise the sector and hit climate change targets. Calls for change come ahead of planned publication later this week of Scotland’s draft Energy Strategy. It will cover electricity, transport and heat. “This new energy strategy is an excellent opportunity for the Scottish Government to assert overall leadership and control over the nation’s energy future. Decisions will need to be made, and ‘low regrets’ options like energy efficiency taken forward now, rather than waiting for silver bullets in t he future,” said taskforce chair Keith MacLean. “A major task like decarbonising the energy system will not be achieved on a piecemeal and incremental basis, nor without an integrated long-term plan,” he added. Trade body Scottish Renewables welcomed the recommendations and said: “The Scottish government’s upcoming energy strategy gives us a chance to grasp the huge benefits of a truly low-carbon, joined-up energy system and raise the game in heat and transport, where the process of cutting carbon has been slower to date than in the electricity sector. This requires leadership and ambition from government, industry and the public.”
Renews 23rd Jan 2017 read more »
Energy Voice 23rd Jan 2017 read more »
Theresa May told to end electricity “discrimination” against the Highlands. North MP Ian Blackford demanded that ministers put a stop to the “discrimination” in charging and introduce a universal network charge. The region pays the highest bills in the UK, despite producing a surplus of energy, because of a regional system for distribution costs. The Press and Journal has campaigned for an end to the “postcode lottery” in recent years, but the Conservative government scrapped plans to alleviate the pressure on Highland consumers when they won a majority in 2015. Prime Minister Theresa May was grilled on the issue at Prime Minister’s questions in Westminster this week by Mr Blackford, the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber.
Press & Journal 21st Jan 2017 read more »