Category Archives: Energy

Renewables in Scotland Conference

I recently had the opportunity to chair a fascinating conference with Scottish Policy Conferences on the topic of renewables in Scotland; funding, innovation, and the next steps for policy. Scottish Policy Conferences arrange speakers and discussions on a variety of topics, … Continue reading

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Smart Energy

Last week I attended an event in the Scottish Parliament, hosted by the voice of the smart meter rollout, Smart Energy GB. Smart meters are a great opportunity to take control of your gas and electricity and there is no … Continue reading

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Failure to tackle fuel poverty

The number of people experiencing fuel poverty has increased since 2011 and it is not acceptable.   Rural off-grid fuel poverty is a particular challenge to be addressed. Adding to this, recent figures from StepChange Debt charity reveal that amongst their … Continue reading

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Sun Amp visit

I was delighted to visit Sun Amp, an exciting and ground-breaking renewable energy company based in East Lothian, along with my colleague Iain Gray MSP. We met with a number of the staff, including the Chief Executive, Andrew Bissell and Chief … Continue reading

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The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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Scottish Labour taking on fuel poverty

In South Lanarkshire over a third of people live in fuel poverty and it is unacceptable that people cannot afford to keep their homes warm.  This figure is not helped by the SNP’s decision to cut energy efficiency in the recent budget. … Continue reading

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Visit to major employer BHC in Carnwath

I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit a significant Clydesdale employer recently.  BHC, which is based in Carnwath, is a company which has links and orders not just nationally but across the world. Managing Director Brian Hewitt showed … Continue reading

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Scottish Labour will stand for environmental justice

My colleague Sarah Boyack MSP,  Scottish Labour Spokesperson on Environmental Justice, wrote this excellent article for Labour Hame on the Scottish Labour position on environmental issues. As our party and new leadership teams meet in Perth for conference, we can expect … Continue reading

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Our Environment: young people tackling environmental issues

Last week I joined young people from across the country to the event showcasing the winners of the Our Environment 2015 competition. The competition aims to engage young people in tackling environmental problems, and it was a pleasure to see … Continue reading

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Shadow Environment Minister supports Stranraer Energy Academy Development

Claudia Beamish MSP, Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, recently visited Dumfries & Galloway College’s Stranraer Campus to learn about the Larbrax Wind Farm Skills Fund – which would contribute towards the establishment of an educational energy … Continue reading

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