Energy

The energy industry’s ‘Dark Secret’

The study revealed a shocking 54 per cent waste of all energy generated or bought in (mostly heat which is the most expensive energy type). The value the study attributed to this waste was a staggering £9.5 billion per annum. Let’s leave that there to sink in and I will return to it. The two biggest […] Shetland News …


Kite turbine project gets financial uplift

A SHETLAND based new energy company has been awarded £40,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help make kite energy a reality. Rod Read recently moved from Lewis to Shetland and is now in the process of setting up a larger test centre at the former oil airport at Scatsta. His company Windswept and […] Shetland News …


Shetland could be at the heart of the energy transition but time is of the essence, green energy developer insists

SHETLAND’s opportunities to capitalise on the green energy revolution cannot be overstated, according to the team behind plans to create a £10 billion floating wind farm to the west of Shetland. Energy services entrepreneurs Dan Jackson and Mark Dixon of Cerulean Winds were in Shetland this week to start negotiations with stakeholders including Shetland Islands Council. […] Shetland News …


Viking decommissioning bond worth £40 million

SHETLAND Islands Council and SSE Renewables are close to agreeing a decommissioning bond for the Viking Energy wind farm, confirmed to be in the region of £40 million. Both sides have confirmed that negotiations are at an advanced stage. Eyebrows were raised last year after construction work on the 103-turbine wind farm in the central […] Shetland News …


Sullom Voe tug men vote to go on strike in May

OIL export from Sullom Voe Terminal could be disrupted from the middle of next month after union members working on the harbour tugs voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action. Following a ballot earlier this month Unite Scotland confirmed on Tuesday that 87 per cent of its members voted to take strike action. The dispute […] Shetland News …


Land owners receive first Viking Energy rent payment

SHETLAND Islands Council (SIC) has so far earned almost £137,000 from leasing its Busta Estate to wind farm developer Viking Energy. The figure was revealed in a recent report that was presented to a meeting of the council’s policy and resource committee. The income of £136,713.89 to the SIC is just over half of a […] Shetland News …


Viking Energy marks move to new Sandwater road

MOST HEAVY traffic associated with the construction of the Viking Energy wind farm and the converter station at Kergord has now moved to the new Sandwater road, SSE Renewable has confirmed. The new double-track road, built by RJ McLeod and Shetland contractors, runs parallel to the existing B9075 Sandwater road. A temporary bridge has been […] Shetland News …


SIC embarks on campaign for cheaper electricity prices

MOVES to supply offshore oil and gas facilities with renewable energy generated in Shetland could open up an avenue towards much cheaper electricity prices for islanders, Shetland Islands Council (SIC) believes. The SIC has already initiated talks with the UK Government with the aim of overhauling the energy markets’ regulatory framework, a pre-condition to make […] Shetland News …


Latest figures confirm extent of fuel poverty

WITH the latest Scottish house condition figures confirming once again the level of fuel poverty across the isles, energy advisers are reminding people that financial help for home energy improvements is available. According to the Scottish house condition survey published on Tuesday, 14 per cent of dwellings in Shetland are in the least energy efficient category, […] Shetland News …


Hydrogen – a future for the isles beyond petroleum?

SHETLAND doesn’t do small. When Sullom Voe Terminal was at full production in the 1980s it was the largest oil export terminal in Europe. Twenty years later, plans were drawn up for the largest and most productive onshore wind farm in Europe. With that particular wind farm in the early stages of being built, the […] Shetland News …