Powering Our Ambitions
Common Weal calls for the Scottish Government to launch a National Energy Company, to couple it with a Scottish Energy Development Agency and to Power Scotland’s Ambitions to become a zero-carbon nation which can tackle the problems of fuel poverty.
Common Weal’s latest policy paper Powering Our Ambitions lays out the rationale for a publicly owned national energy company (NEC) and presents the blueprint for making it happen. You can read the paper in full here.
Gordon Morgan: We need solutions, not scaremongering, on Scotland's green energy transition
Common Weal Energy researcher Gordon Morgan criticises a news piece and editorial in the Herald which sought to scaremonger about renewables, at a time when what we need to be worrying about is the dangers of not going green
‘BLACKOUTS, deaths and civil unrest’.
Scottish climate minister fails to pledge new action, despite environmentalist criticisms
Roseanna Cunningham said Scottish Government goals on climate change complied with prior advice
ROSEANNA CUNNINGHAM defended the Scottish Government’s new Climate Bill today [27 November] in the wake of criticism from Friends of the Earth Scotland, which has called for more ambitious targets to be included in the upcoming legislation.
Scottish Enterprise will not sign secrecy deals with companies again, following public outcry
Scottish Enterprise reveals secret £500k recipient as Silva Renewables, says it will not sign confidentiality agreements again
AFTER BOWING to public pressure to reveal the identity of the secret company which it granted nearly £500k, Scottish Government economic development agency Scottish Enterprise has confirmed to CommonSpace that it will not sign confidentiality agreements in future.
Report: Renewables Scotland 2030
The paper focuses on four key areas: energy infrastructure, electric vehicles, autonomous distribution and shipping.
A SCOTTISH National Energy Company should seek to emulate German and Nordic approaches by delivering not-for-profit renewable energy with strong municipal control, a new Common Weal paper argues.
An energy policy critique: Scotland – Moving forward on renewables?
Dr Keith Baker and Dr Geoff Wood introduce the contents of seven years' worth of work from nine academics on Scotland's energy policy
THE title of this article is taken from the epilogue to our new book, A Critical Review of Scottish Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Policy, (available from Palgrave Macmillan and other online bookshops).
David Carr: The truths and irrelevancies about Scottish oil
Commonspace columnist David Carr talks about the so-called 'grievance culture' surrounding oil - and why we must find a constructive way forward
MENTION of oil always sparks an interest in Scotland as the backbone of a strong economy. Historically it has been mismanaged, but what should be done about this?
Policy Briefing: Is Scotland making the most of renewable energy in the housing sector?
James Turner, a political activist and mature student at The University of Highlands and Islands studying Sustainable Development, continues his series of policy briefings on housing, looking at the crucial issue of energy policy in the housing sector, which has a major effect on tackling fuel poverty and climate change