The Heat and the City team at the University of Edinburgh have published a research briefing and list of practitioner resources: Meeting the strategic challenges of UK district heating offers practical approaches to tackling UK district heating challenges based on their work on district heating since 2010. This briefing summarises recent research findings on district heating […]

The Scottish Government have published their Electricity and Gas Networks Vision to 2030, which builds on Scotland’s Energy Strategy, published in December 2017. It considers the crucial role that Scotland’s electricity and gas networks will play in the energy transition currently underway, and in achieving the Scottish Government’s ambitions to decarbonise the whole energy system […]

Scottish Renewables’ Low Carbon Heat Conference is being held in Glasgow on 30 April 2019. The reality for low-carbon heat continues to be slow but steady growth. But there are many reasons to be optimistic about the sector’s future. The rapidly-decarbonising electricity grid and the falling cost of renewables is making the promise of clean, […]

Vulnerable households may benefit or suffer further injustice from the switch to low carbon technology depending on whether risks are preempted and actively mitigated, according to new research by the University of Sussex and the Energy Systems Catapult. Decarbonising our energy system to achieve 2050 emissions targets will require extensive innovation, which has the potential […]

Heat Trust extends its eligibility criteria
21st February 2019

Heat Trust, the independent customer protection scheme has extended its eligibility requirements to enable heat network suppliers with Customer Charters, or equivalent, to register. To-date, heat network suppliers have been required to have a Heat Energy Supply Agreement in place with each customer before being eligible to register. Head of Scheme Bindi Patel said more […]

Britain must get rid of fossil-based natural gas in the coming three decades if the country is to meet its long-term climate change objectives, according to a report published by think-tank Bright Blue. The report, ‘Pressure in the pipeline: decarbonising the UK’s gas’, says demand for natural gas in the heat sector must diminish, and […]

Infrastructure Commission appointed
11th February 2019

An independent commission to advise on a 30 year strategy for infrastructure investment has appointed its final members. The group, chaired by Ian Russell CBE, will provide independent, informed advice on the vision, ambition and priorities for infrastructure in Scotland, including the Energy Efficient Scotland programme. The newly appointed commissioners are Professor Iain Docherty, Ken […]

Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund is launched
11th February 2019

The £10 million Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund will target support to achieving commercial deployment of tidal energy generation in Scottish waters through driving innovation and reduction in the cost of electricity generated. This concentrated support for tidal energy sits alongside the parallel £30 million committed to date by the Scottish Government to Wave Energy […]