£103m renewable energy fund launched

October 10, 2012
News, Policy

A multi-million pound renewable energy investment fund (REIF), geared to stimulating greater levels of private finance into innovative green power and renewable district heating projects in Scotland, was opened for business by First Minister Alex Salmond today.   Initial priorities for the REIF are wave and tidal energy, community-owned renewables and renewable district heating, as […]

The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters get on board with marine power

July 31, 2012
HIE, Highland Council, News, Policy

The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters in the North of Scotland will today confirm their place on the global marine energy map with the launch of the area as a Marine Energy Park. Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker will welcome the launch of the marine park during a visit to Thurso in Caithness, […]

Pentland Firth poised to become first energy park in Scotland

January 27, 2012
CNSRP, HIE, News, Policy

THE Pentland Firth is poised to become the first marine energy park in Scotland, it has emerged.   Energy minister Greg Barker has asked Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP John Thurso to host a meeting of the Marine Energy Programme Board in the county this summer, at which the minister hopes to be in […]

Energy and Climate Change Select Committee asks all the right questions:Source Aquamarine Power

November 3, 2011
Developer, News, Policy, Utility

  A well-informed group of MPs was asking all the right questions yesterday as the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee called for oral evidence in its inquiry into the future of marine renewables in the UK.   The committee kicked off their inquiry earlier this year, with the goal of examining the UK Government’s […]

Best marine energy sites could be cost competitive with nuclear and onshore wind by 2025

July 12, 2011
News, Policy

New in-depth analysis published today by the Carbon Trust shows the UK’s best marine energy sites could generate electricity at costs comparable with nuclear and onshore wind1.  With continued and targeted innovation this could be as soon as 2025, once cost reductions from deploying the first gigawatt of energy devices have kicked-in.   In the future […]

Simon tasked to attract inward investment in Caithness

July 5, 2011
HIE, News, Policy

A novel approach in combining the skills of the private and public sectors is being tried in Caithness and North Sutherland.   A senior project manager with internationally renowned engineering services company Babcock International is working on secondment with HIE.   Chartered Engineer Simon Coles, who is general manager of the Babcock Forss office supporting […]

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