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Clean, Green, Driving Machines: Charging the ULEV Revolution (Part Two)

There is often a perception among interested observers that the UK is adept at making policies, but not always good at implementing them.  Good at identifying issues, but then not taking decisive action to tackle them.  It is also apparent that technology is moving at a pace that regulation and policy frameworks are struggling to cope with.  There are challenges ahead in order to deliver the goals around low carbon transport and deployment of ULEVs.  The task now is to be part of the solution, to overcome the challenges and be part of delivering – not just talkin

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Clean, Green, Driving Machines: Charging the ULEV Revolution (Part One)

Over the past decade there has been significant focus on electricity generation from renewable sources in the drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change – and rightly so, as Scotland has been a leader in the renewable energy field.

However, an issue that has been addressed to a lesser extent is that transport is the largest net source of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Renewed Positivity for Offshore Wind in Scotland

2017 has been a landmark year for Scotland’s offshore wind sector and the optimism at the Scottish Renewables Offshore Wind Conference in Glasgow this week was evident from the very start.

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Boost For Offshore Wind As BEIS Awards CfDs for 3.2GW Of New Capacity

Recent speculation in the UK energy sector was correct – the 2nd Contract for Difference (CfD) auction for offshore wind did indeed produce an incredible result, with a strike price of £57.50 per MWh being achieved for two highly significant offshore wind projects.
The results released yesterday by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), confirmed that contracts for 3.2GW of new capacity have been awarded to three offshore wind projects: the 860MW Triton Knoll Wind Farm, the 1.4GW Hornsea Project Two Wind Farm and the 950MW Moray Offshore (East) Wind Farm.

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Mitigating The Challenges Of Shared Grid Connections and Co-location

It was with a sense of intrigue and fascination that the term “shared grid connection” popped up in discussions that we had with clients and developers some time ago now. With growing pressure on DNOs to connect projects and meet connection dates, the closure of subsidy regimes, and availability of capacity at a premium, a number of clients and developers across the UK started to look beyond the traditional grid connection arrangements to ensure that projects could be connected to the grid more quickly and efficiently.

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Talking Climate Change with our Scottish Renewables Awards Finalist

Building a sustainable future has arguably never been more important than it is today.

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Crown Estate Changes – The Impact on Scotland’s Marine Renewables Industry

Criag Whelton

As landlord of the seabed, the Crown Estate has responsibility for granting lease rights to offshore marine developers for wave, tidal and offshore wind schemes.   Later this year that function will transfer on an interim basis to the Crown Estate Scotland Interim Management.

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Success At The Scottish Green Energy Awards

I was delighted to hear that a number of our clients had been successful at last week’s Scottish Green Energy Awards Dinner. In particular, it was great to see that Glasgow Science Centre had received well-deserved recognition – in the form of the “Champions for Renewables Award” - for the highly-successful “Powering the Future” exhibition which it developed in partnership with a range of major private sector players in the energy field, as well as public sector partners.

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Presenting At The UN Climate Change Conference

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech came to a close earlier this month.  It was an anything but ordinary experience for me as I swapped a week in the office in Edinburgh for the rare opportunity to attend and speak at the UN conference on behalf of the 2050 Climate Group, Scotland’s youth climate group.  As the only organisation from Scotland invited to present at the conference, we were very proud to be there!

I am really enjoying volunteering with the 2050 Climate Group alongside my day job as a lawyer at Burness Paull.  Despite the

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Looking On The Bright Side...

Neil Bruce

The concept of solar power in Scotland is often met with a raised eyebrow and quips about our beautiful country’s weather.  But, looking beyond the cynicism, the reality is this – it does work, and there are opportunities (as highlighted to me as I attended Scottish Renewables’ inaugural solar conference and exhibition on Tuesday this week).

So where is the industry at the moment?  Deployment of solar PV in Scotland is currently around 200MW (leaving aside the position of solar thermal, the market for which has struggled and which could be the subject of a separate blog it

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