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Boost for Scotland’s renewables industry from first UK green power auction

Scotland’s renewables industry received a welcome boost this morning with one of the country’s offshore wind projects allocated funding for the next 15 years, and support announced for a number of onshore wind farms.

Marine

Scottish Renewables' reaction to Wave Energy Scotland funding announcement

Lindsay Leask, Senior Policy Manager, Offshore Wind & Marine at Scottish Renewables, said: “Today’s announcement on the funding to be allocated to Wave Energy Scotland comes as a welcome sign of the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to the sector, particularly after a recent challenging period."

Hydro

Renewables cash boost hailed – but new stats show hydro schemes face funding black hole

Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, which represents 330 companies working in green energy in Scotland, hailed today’s investment announcement as “proof that renewables offer an incredible opportunity for communities across Scotland, as well as valuable returns on private investment” – but warned dark days may lie ahead for the hydro sector.

Offshore Wind

‘Give us certainty to ensure growth’, offshore wind leaders tell conference

Talk of long-term funding certainty dominated the agenda item at Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind and Supply Chain Conference last week, as the sector stands poised for the results of CfD deliberations this month.

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Huge offshore wind conference blows into Aberdeen

Businesses from across Europe will flock to the city on January 27 and 28 to discuss hot topics like the Contracts for Difference funding regime, cutting-edge technology innovations and the huge amount of post-consent work still to be undertaken.

Heat Planning & Consents

Green energy planning wrangle slows fuel poverty action in Scotland – but not England

Jenny McLaren, Director of Fife business The Natural Energy Company, said: “The need to apply for planning consent creates a timescale which is a real barrier to homeowners considering a heat pump instead of fossil fuel boiler."

Scottish Renewables' reaction to UK energy statistics

Stephanie Clark, Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Technologies like wind, hydro, biomass and solar are now part of our mainstream electricity mix. Scotland’s clean energy industry is creating jobs, driving investment and helping communities across the country tackle climate change – achievements of which we should all be rightly proud.”

Scots renewable energy displaces a million tonnes of CO2 every month

Almost 12 million tonnes of CO2 emissions were displaced by green energy in Scotland in the most recent year for which data is available, figures released today show. The reduction – an average of around a million tonnes a month – is the highest ever recorded in Scotland.

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Renewables industry awards recognise best and brightest

Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Niall Stuart hosted the evening at Edinburgh’s EICC. He said: “This year’s winners are genuine pioneers and innovators who are making a real difference to our environment, economy and society – and there is no better way to recognise them than in front of more than 1,200 of their peers."

Historic milestone as new figures show renewables now Scotland’s largest source of power

Renewable energy has become Scotland’s main source of power, new independent figures have revealed. Records from the first half of 2014, the most recent period for which data is available, show renewables generated 32% more electricity than any other single source of power in Scotland.