Fergus Ewing: UK energy policy totally irrational

UK energy policy has been labelled “totally irrational” following the closure of Longannet power station. That’s according to Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing. He said: “With spare capacity across the UK running perilously low, Longannet could have played an important role in keeping lights for several years to come as we continue towards cleaner forms of generation, all the more […]

Scottish power plant closure ‘a body blow to self-sufficiency hopes’

The early closure of Scotland’s last coal power plant is “a body blow” to the country’s hopes of being self-sufficient. That’s according to Prospect, the union representing engineering and technical staff at the Longannet Power Station. The decision to close the plant by ScottishPower on the 31st of March next year follows National Grid’s decision not […]

Scottish winners and losers in grid contracts

One is £15 million richer, the other faces closure. Yesterday’s award of National Grid voltage control contracts have left two Scottish power plants with very different futures. Peterhead gas powered station run by SSE won the contract to provide voltage support services between April 2016 and September 2017. However ScottishPower’s coal fired Longannet power plant […]