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Scotland Nearing 100 pct Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
Scottish Power,Scottish Development International,
Date: 2020-01-24
Scottish Development International, Scotland's foreign direct investment agency, is reporting renewable energy provided 59 pct of Scotland's electricity in 2015, 68.1 pct in 2017 and 74.6 pct by 2018.

January and July 2019, Scotland generated 9,831,320 MWh of wind energy. That might hold 182 pct of all 4.4 million households in Scotland and North England or 100 pct of all houses in Scotland and England. (Source: Scottish Development International, Energy News, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Scottish Development International, +44 300 013 2734,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power,  Scotland Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  

Scottish Cities Chasing Ist Place in Net-Zero Emissions Race (Int'l)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-20
Like most city-dwellers, Scots travel in polluting vehicles, use fossil fuels to heat their homes and work in an economy that produces greenhouse gases. But Scotland's two largest cities -- Glasgow (pop. 596,000) and Edinburgh (POP. 482,000) -- are racing to become the UK's first city with net-zero emissions.

To that end, both cities have set targets exceeding the Scottish government's 2045 net-zero target and that set by the UK government's Committee on Climate Change of 2050.

Achieving net-zero status involves more than reducing emissions, it also involves offsetting greenhouse gases released with initiatives such as planting trees.

Glasgow City Council is working with Scottish Power, the energy provider in charge of the UK's largest onshore wind farm near Glasgow. Glasgow's energy sector is dominated by wind power and continued investment in the electricity grid has allowed the city to focus on other parts of the economy such as transport and heating.

Edinburgh's carbon emissions have fallen by about a third since 2005, and the city council aims to continue that momentum by boosting renewable energy, making the city centre a low-emissions zone and encouraging low-carbon design for construction projects. The city also has schemes in place to reduce waste and increase recycling. Additionally, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport will have better access to the city centre, which will be off-limits to most cars to help cut emissions. (Source: World Economic Forum May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

Scottish Power Plans £6Bn Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l)
Date: 2019-03-18
In the UK, gas and electric power supplier ScottishPower reports it will "actively pursueā€¯ future offshore wind projects in England and invest £6 billion in the countries offshore wind supply chain.

Scottish Power;s initiative is part of a wider UK Offshore Wind Sector Deal that will see as much as £250 million investment in "building a stronger UK supply chain." The deal will drive the transformation of offshore wind generation, making it an integral part of a low-cost, low-carbon, flexible grid system and boost the productivity and competitiveness of the UK supply chain.

Presently, ScottishPower is constructing a £2.5 billion offshore windfarm in the east of England, seeking approval for a second to begin construction in 2024 and a third in 2025. (Source: Scottish Power, Supply Chain, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072,

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ScottishPower Goes 100 pct Renewable Wind Energy (Int'l Report)
ScottishPower Generation Group , DRAX
Date: 2019-01-07
Further to our 19th October, 2018 coverage, Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power is reporting that with the completion of its £700 million assets sale to Drax, the company is now the first in the UK to rely completely on renewable wind power.

Selby, UK-based Drax purchased Scottish Power's portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation, which comprises Scottish Power Generation Group and its wholly owned subsidiary, SMW.

The assets sale included the 440-MW Cruachan pumped storage hydro electric scheme in Argyll and Bute; run-of-river hydro locations at Galloway and Lanark; (126MW); a biomass-from-waste facility at Daldowie; and four Combined Cycle Gas Turbine stations in England. (Source: DRAX Group, The National, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072,; DRAX Power, +44 0 1757 618381,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power ,  DRAX,  Renewable Energy,  

Scottish Power Going 100 pct Wind Power After Drax Sale (Int'l)
Scottish Power,DRAX
Date: 2018-10-19
Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power reports that with the £702 million sale of its last coal-fired and hydro power plants to DRAX, it will become the first major UK energy company to generate all its electricity from wind power. Scottish Power now plans to invest £5.2 billion over four years to more than double its renewables capacity.

Scottish Power scuttled all of its coal plants over the last 10 years and now has 2,700 MW of wind power capacity operating or under construction in the UK. It also has 3,000 MW of projects in the planning stage.

Drax runs the UK's largest power plant near Selby in North Yorkshire and is moving away from coal ahead of a government deadline for an emissions limit on coal plants from 2025. To date the company has converted four of its six generating units to burn wood pellets. The Selby plant is believed to be the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (Beccs) project of its type in Europe. (Source: DRAX, BBC, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072,; DRAX Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power,  DRAX,  Biomass,  Carbon Capture,  

Carbon Trust Touts Low-Carbon Collaboration (Int'l)
Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-06-16
In the UK, the Carbon Trust reports it has launched the Energy Systems Innovation Platform (ESIP), a collaboration with Centrica, Dong Energy, SSE, Scottish Power, Statoil and Wood Group Clean Energy to address issues preventing a more effective transition to a low cost and low-carbon energy system. The ESIP is supported by the Scottish government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The initiative aims to find solutions to regulatory and other barriers deterring investment in energy storage, energy efficiency and similar technologies and solutions to achieving low carbon energy and a low carbon energy economy. The first results of this work are expected by the year end. (Source: Carbon Trust, renews, Others, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Nils Lehmann, Project Manager, +44 (0) 207 832 4773,

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Scottish Power Seals Two US Offshore Wind Deals (Ind. Report)
Scottish Power
Date: 2017-05-26
Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power Renewables, part of the Iberdrola Group, confirms it has won the right to build two offshore wind farms in the US which it says could eventually power 400,000 homes. Financial and other details have not been disclosed.

The two wind farms, which will be constructed off the coast of Massachusetts and North Carolina, are expected to start generating power by 2022 and 2025 respectively. (Source: Scottish Power, BBC News, 21 May, 2017) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power,  Wind,  

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