The Highlands and Islands of Scotland is set to take centre stage at the All-Energy exhibition and conference in Aberdeen this week (Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd May).
Over 70 companies will come together under the banner of HI-energy to showcase the region’s world-leading renewable energy expertise and supply chain capabilities. The HI-energy zone will once again represent the largest regional presence at the show, with exhibitors from across the Highlands and Islands including pavilions from Orkney, Shetland, Caithness and Argyll.
The UK and Scottish Governments have published a report which considers the evidence base for developing renewables projects on the Scottish Islands.
The report – Scottish Islands Renewables Project - shows that while there are significant potential benefits to developing renewables on the Scottish Islands, there are also considerable costs that need to be overcome.
First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed news that work is to begin on the largest hydro scheme to be built in the UK in five years.
SSE will begin construction on the £30m 7.5 megawatt (MW) Glasa hydro scheme near Ardross in Ross-shire later this year.
The re-opening of one of the Highlands' largest oil rig fabrication yards has taken a step closer, with submission of a planning application for Ardersier.
Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) grants up to £150,000/yr from the Scottish Government could provide funds and support for your community group to reduce their community’s carbon footprint, save money and improve facilities.
The first phase of the European Marine Science Park in Argyll has been short listed for a prestigious architectural design award.
Malin House, part of the new multi-million pound Science Park development by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) at Dunstaffnage, near Oban, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) awards.
Scotland’s planning system will place more emphasis on jobs and economic benefits to help deliver sustainable economic growth, Planning Minister Derek Mackay announced today.
The third National Planning Framework (NPF3) and draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) will influence development plans across Scotland and guide future planning decisions on a range of sectors including transport, energy and infrastructure.
These draft proposals are supported by on-going measures to improve the overall performance of the planning system, ensuring smoother delivery and a stronger focus on economic recovery.
40 per cent of 2020 target already achieved
Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing announced last Sunday (28th April) that the Scottish Government is ahead of schedule in delivering its ambitious targets in community and local ownership of renewable energy projects.
The Scottish Government’s 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy has a target of generating 500 MW from community renewables by 2020. Published new figures today show that, as of June 2012, more than 200 MW of renewable generating capacity came from community and locally owned energy projects – 40 per cent of the target.
Market Research Assistant, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), salary £7.00 per hour
This is a summer placement for a current student who is going back to university or college after the summer.
EMEC, the world’s leading test centre for wave and tidal energy converters based in Orkney, offers a 12 week summer placement with a focus on market research within the marine energy industry. The successful student will be responsible for researching and updating details of international markets for marine renewables technology developers and testing facilities, resulting in improved resources for marketing EMEC services worldwide to generate new business.
Closing Date for applications 7th May 2013.
Apply online through the TalentScotland website.
A new office opened in Inverness today (Friday, April 26th 2013) will spearhead a £390 million investment programme in the Highlands by ABO Wind, one of Europe’s most experienced wind energy developers. The new office, located at the Green House, Beechwood Park North in Inverness was opened officially by Fergus Ewing MSP, the Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism in a ceremony attended by business, energy, political and academic leaders.
A £15 million fund to help develop deep-water wind turbine foundations in Scotland has been announced by Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing.