Future of Scotland’s renewable energy industry ‘at risk’

The future growth of Scotland’s flagship renewables industry could be choked off by swingeing subsidy cuts from Westminster, a committee of MPs has warned.

An estimated 21,000 people now work in the green energy sector north of the Border, which produces almost 30 per cent of the UK’s renewable electricity.

Environmentalists hit out when the UK government announced an end to lucrative subsidies for onshore windfarms last year.

The Scottish Affairs ­Committee has today ­published a report into the renewable energy sector in Scotland which warns that its successes could now be undermined by changes to UK ­government policy.

“We have urged the government to clarify the future ­support which will be available to the renewable sector, and set out how they will work with the Scottish Government to develop a clear, long-term plan that will allow renewable energy to remain a central part of the energy mix,” committee chairman Pete Wishart said.

But the report points to “serious concerns” among many Scottish residents about the impact of onshore wind ­turbines on the environment.

Graham Lang, chairman of anti-turbine alliance ­Scotland Against Spin, said: “It vindicates the thousands of Scots who are opposed to the unlimited expansion of onshore wind farms.’

There has been “significant growth” in renewables in ­Scotland with electricity production from sources as diverse as wind, hydro and biomass attracting significant investment, the report finds.

Mr Wishart said policy changes by the UK government have “weakened investor confidence in the renewable sector, and put at risk opportunities for future growth.”

A spokesman for the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said UK government support has helped the success of Scotland’s renewables.

He added; “We’ve been completely clear that our commitment to the industry will continue with the announced £730 million funding package for future renewable energy projects.”


GE to Highlight Solutions for Turning Waste to Energy at UK AD & Biogas Conference

TREVOSE, PA.-July 5, 2016-GE (NYSE: GE) will showcase its waste-to-energy technologies, products and services designed to help the food waste industry enhance recovery from its anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities at the UK AD & Biogas conference.GE will be exhibiting at stand K205 at the UK AD & Biogas conference July 6-7 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, West Midlands. The show brings together the world's leading technology and product suppliers under one roof. GE will feature the products that optimize biosolids and biowaste AD facilities from the reception floor to renewable energy.Highlights of GE's technology portfolio that will be on display at the conference include:Re:Sep* pretreatment separates packaging, contaminants and grit to generate a clean organic slurry. The Re:Sep process can receive a wide variety of waste streams and separate the organics with high efficiency into a clean organic slurry and a separate reject contamination stream resulting in the perfect feed substrate for AD.Hydrolysis Pasteurization Digestion achieves high-efficiency conversion of food waste to biogas yielding high biogas yields, stabilized digestate, shorter retention times and lower carbon footprint.AD technologyis designed to recycle biosolids and biowaste into methane and valuable byproducts. GE's Monsal* AD technologies use bacteria in the absence of oxygen to break down matter to create biogas. The biogas can be combusted or oxidized and used for heating or with a gas engine to produce electricity and heat. It also can be compressed and used as fuel for vehicles or as a fertilizer.Digestion products-From mixing systems to heat exchanges to sludge treatment, GE's digestion products work in concert to provide a holistic solution that takes anaerobic treatment to a new level. GE's digestion products achieve optimal energy balance to maximize system yield and performance.Jenbacher* gas engines achieve efficient energy conversion for converting biogas into power and heat.About GEGE (NYSE: GE) is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the 'GE Store,' through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.comAbout GE PowerGE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world's largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.For more information, visit the company's website at www.gepower.com. Follow GE Power and GE's water business on Twitter @GE_Power and @GE_Water and on LinkedIn at GE Power.* Trademark of General Electric Company; may be registered in one or more countries.GE - General Electric Company published this content on 05 July 2016 and is solely responsible for the information contained herein.
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