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 […]

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 […]

The first borehole is underway at the UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow, allowing scientists to ‘see’ underground at the world-class geothermal energy research site in the east end of the city. Marking the beginning of the 15-year research investment, a 7·2-meter high drilling rig broke ground on the site to form the first borehole for […]

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published research by Madano and Element Energy exploring the public acceptability of two alternative low carbon heating technologies for heating homes in the UK: hydrogen for heating and heat pumps. Over three quarters (76%) of participants stated that they are concerned about climate change, with the same number (76%) […]

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands made a statement in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 22nd November updating MSPs on progress to date on the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland (EES) programme. You may recall that the First Minister announced the publication of the EES Routemap (supported by £54.5 million) during Day 1 […]