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Safety training for apprentices

Safety training for apprentices | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it

A group of engineering apprentices from North Highland College's new Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre (ETEC) facility in Thurso have undertaken a week of marine renewables safety training at Orkney...

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Alan Ogg, assistant director at North Highland College, said: "The importance of the Pentland Firth to both Orkney and Caithness in terms of renewable energy means that we require a highly skilled workforce with the relevant engineering and safety qualifications.

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Record year for Scottish renewables

Renewables generate enough power for every Scottish home.
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Scottish Government news claims Statistics published today show that the amount of renewable electricity generated in 2012 rose almost seven per cent on 2011 to more than 14,600 Gigawatt hours.

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Energy in Scotland: a compendium of Scottish energy statistics and information

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Published 2012 by the Scottish Government. Provides a statistical overview of current and historic energy production, transformation, and consumption in Scotland.

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Latest Saltire Prize medal winner announced

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The Saltire Prize Medal, is part of the £10 million marine energy challenge, The Saltire Prize, and recognises outstanding contributions by individuals or groups to the development of wave and/or tidal generation.

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Oil Analysis shows boom years ahead

Oil Analysis shows boom years ahead | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it
Oil analysis predicts £48 billion of revenue over six years.
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Scotland is estimated to be the largest producer of hydrocarbons in the EU, accounting in 2010 for nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of EU oil production.

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Time to seize the moment on offshore wind

Time to seize the moment on offshore wind | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it
UK Government’s electricity market reforms risking jobs and investment.
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Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has warned the UK Government that investment uncertainty created by electricity market reform is risking thousands of offshore wind jobs. Scotland would benefit in particular from an increase in offshore wind, as we have a quarter of the offshore wind potential in Europe.

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Mariner field opens new chapter in UK oil and gas development

Mariner field opens new chapter in UK oil and gas development | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it
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Mariner will be one of the biggest projects ever in the North Sea and the £4.6billion commitment over 40 years from Statoil is a vote of confidence in the future of UK oil and gas. Importantly, unlocking heavy oil production marks a new chapter in development, opening the potential for five per cent of UK oil reserves.

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Thrive Energy Club: Meetings

Thrive Energy Club: Meetings | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it
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Friday 8 February Glasgow; Friday 15 February Edinburgh - breakfast networking events for professional in renewables, energy, oil, gas, water and waste.

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Huge benefits of maximising oil and gas recovery

Increasing percentage of oil and gas recovered would have huge benefits for Scotland.
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Oil and gas currently meets more than two thirds of the UK’s energy needs, and is set to remain a vital part of our energy mix for decades to come.

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Record breaking year for renewable energy

2012 is best year yet for renewable energy in Scotland.
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Department of Energy and Climate Change figures show that, over the first three quarters of 2012, Scotland generated 10,401 GWh of renewable electricity – 15.2 per cent more than the same period in 2011, the previous record breaking year.

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Record breaking renewable electricity generation in 2012

Record breaking renewable electricity generation in 2012 | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it
New figures show 2012 on track to be record breaking year for renewable electricity.
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Scottish renewable electricity made up 39.9 per cent of the UK’s renewable energy generation in 2011. Scotland continues to be a net exporter of electricity, exporting over 26 per cent of generation in 2011, up from 21 per cent in 2010.

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Loch Ness meets green power!

Loch Ness meets green power! | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it

Scotland is one of the few nations in the world to have a Minister of Climate Change. We met Paul Weelhouse today at the World Climate Summit 2012 where he discussed the global energy mix of the future.

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Tidal energy partnership

First US renewable energy inward investment announced.
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US tidal power company ResHydro has announced plans to establish operations in Scotland with the support of a £100,000 SMART: SCOTLAND award from Scottish Enterprise.

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European Offshore Wind Centre

European Offshore Wind Centre | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it
Consent granted for key offshore wind development.
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European Offshore wind Development in Aberdeen Bay - the development consists of 11 wind turbines and their connecting cables, sited between two and 4.5 km off the Aberdeenshire coast, capable of generating up to 100 MW, providing enough energy to meet the needs of over 49,000 homes – almost half of the homes in Aberdeen.

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Preferred bidders announced in UK’s £1bn Carbon Capture Competition

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Peterhead Project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland – a project which involves capturing around 90% of the carbon dioxide from part of the existing gas fired power station at Peterhead before transporting it and storing it in a depleted gas field beneath the North Sea. The project involves Shell and SSE.

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Met Office scientists at Wind Resource Assessment 2013

Met Office scientists at Wind Resource Assessment 2013 | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it
Met Office scientists will be at Windpower Monthly’s 2nd annual Wind Resource Assessment 2013 in London from 19 to 21 March 2013.
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Rob Harrison, Head of Renewables at the Met Office, said: "Managing wind risk is critical. It's not enough to understand only the climatology, it's also vital to understand the risks associated with wind assessment in relation to the overall return on investment of any project and the impact of wind resource on a company's renewable energy business.."

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New berth for European Marine Energy Centre

£4.1 million for Orkney test base as FM welcomes EU Energy Commissioner.
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European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney will get £3 million for a new grid-connected testing berth.  EMEC will also lead a £1.1 million project to develop the potential of support vessels used in the marine industry around Orkney and the Pentland Firth.

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Inspiring Scotland’s energy future

First Minister urges young people to take up ‘unparalleled’ renewables opportunity.
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Alex Salmond called on all of Scotland’s young people to consider a career in the industry to help ensure the country can continue to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving, highly-specialised sector and remain at the forefront of world energy development. 

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Wind farm approved

Kilgallioch wind farm could power more than 130,000 homes.
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The Kilgallioch Wind Farm, in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire, is expected to have 96 turbines and have a generating capacity of up to 288MW.

The developers will also pay in to a fund to support local environmental and energy related projects, and fund the employment of two Countryside Rangers for the promotion, payment and management of the Southern Upland Way over the 25 years the wind farm is operational.

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Hopes for North Sea oil fuelled by major investment and tax breaks

Hopes for North Sea oil fuelled by major investment and tax breaks | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it

Hopes for North Sea oil fuelled by major investment and tax breaks.

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65 exploration and appraisal wells were drilled on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in 2012, a 33 per cent hike on the previous year’s total of 49.

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First Minister New Year message for the oil and gas industry

Scottish Government will work with sector to build on success of 2012.

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Oil and gas currently meets more than two thirds of the UK’s energy needs, and is set to remain a vital part of our energy mix for decades to come.

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UK energy target 'on track'

UK energy target 'on track' | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it
The government says the UK is on track to deliver its energy target of 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020.
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Britain has to produce 15% of all energy, including electricity, from renewable sources like wind turbines to try to cut climate-warming emissions.

Ben Ando reports - short BBC video.

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FM welcomes Scotrenewables investment

FM welcomes Scotrenewables investment | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it
Orkney-based company finalises details of £7.6 million foreign funding package.
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Findhorn in green energy research

Findhorn in green energy research | Energy and Sustainability | Scoop.it

The Moray eco-village of Findhorn is to play a key role in £2.3m green energy research led by Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University.

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