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29 October 2011

Red FlagScottish Greens accuse SNP of climate 'hypocrisy'

The co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie, addressing the party's annual conference in Aberdeen, has accused the Scottish government of "hypocrisy and double-speak" on climate change.
He claimed the SNP was trying to run a high-carbon and a low-carbon economy simultaneously.

Full article

5th October, 2011

Coal power plant at Cockenzie to be replaced by gas

Plans to replace a coal-fired power station at Cockenzie in East Lothian with a gas turbine power station have been approved by ministers. The Scottish government said natural gas was more efficient than coal and would more than halve carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions, and said that the new power station would be "carbon capture ready".

Environment group WWF Scotland said it was "extremely disappointed" by the announcement.Head of Policy Dr Dan Barlow said: "By not requiring any carbon capture from the start this decision risks locking Scotland into decades of unabated climate pollution and jeopardises the government's firm commitment to decarbonise energy supply by 2030. ... If this poor decision is later followed by the approval of a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston then Scotland can kiss goodbye to any credibility it currently has globally as a leader in tackling climate change."

BBC News
Anger at approval for 'CCS ready' gas-fired power station

Longannet CCS project curtailled

The Government announced the next steps on the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) demonstration programme, after the conclusion of negotiations for a CCS demonstration project at Longannet in Scotland.

A decision has been made not to proceed with Longannet but to pursue other projects with the £1 billion pounds funding made available by the Government. The decision balances the UK’s low carbon ambition with the need to ensure taxpayer’s money is invested in the most effective way. £1bn will be available for a new process and we are expecting a number of promising bids from both Scotland and England.

Press Notice: 11/084 19 October 2011
Government "farce" after Longannet CCS project is shut down
Longannet carbon capture scheme scrapped
Carbon uncaptured
Costs take blame as government kills off carbon capture plan
After Longannet, what’s next for carbon capture and storage in Scotland?
Power company accused of errors

Aedán Smith, Head of Planning and Development at RSPB Scotland, said: “This is a major disappointment, and a significant setback to Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy in order to fulfil the Scottish Government’s world-leading climate change ambitions.
“The Longannet project was the most obvious choice in the UK to trial carbon capture and storage (CCS) because it is so close to the oil and gas pipelines and infrastructure that it would effectively plug into. It also wouldn’t have any direct impact on designated wildlife sites and would lead to a net reduction in polluting emissions.
“The fact that pipeline length is cited as the stumbling block to the deal just serves to underline the complete unviability of the proposal for a new coal fired power station with partial CCS at Hunterston in Ayrshire. This is on the opposite side of the country from all the infrastructure it needs to dock with, and it would also destroy a designated wildlife site and lead to a net gain in emissions. To persist with Hunterston in the face of this announcement is ludicrous!”
RSPB calls scrapping of Longannet carbon capture projects ‘a major disappointment’

 

1 September 2011

Sulphuric acid will fall on Cumbrae

"When asked about the prevailing winds and snow from the east which happens a lot in wintertime, they were not up to acknowledging that sulphuric acid will fall on Millport and the Firth of Clyde"

Largs and Millport Weekly News

24 August 2011

If they build coal plant....they'll sell it

Ayrshire Power have admitted that they are likely to seek out one of the 'big six' to sell on their coal-fired power station plans.

Largs and Millport Weekly News

21st July 2011

Bigger chimney plan for new Hunterston coal-fired plant

Ayrshire Power wants to raise the chimney from 509'/155m to 656'/200m to reduce any emission impacts on public health.

BBC News
The Herald (registered users)

16.06.2011

Three of the UK's largest energy companies have announced plans to convert an onshore pipeline carrying up to two million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Scotland.

Gas pipeline to switch purpose to remove carbon emissions

06.06. 2011

Energy consumption in Scotland is declining slowly because of the success of energy conservation and efficiency policies and high prices.
In 2010, 32% of Scotland's electricity was generated by two nuclear power stations, 28% by two coal-fired stationst, 19% by a gas-fired power station, 12% by hydro power stations and 13% by wind farms and other renewables such as wood.

Full article:Economic importance of Scotland's multi-faceted energy industries

11.05.2010

AYRSHIRE Power's (AP) say their proposals to build a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston took a step forward this week after their bid for European funding for the project passed the first stage of the application process.

Power station plan moves on

10.05.2011

UK Government attempts to secure millions of Euros worth of financial support for a proposed dirty coal-fired power station at Hunterston in Scotland have been challenged by environmental groups today.
WWF Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland and RSPB Scotland warned that the UK Government’s decision to submit Peel Energy’s proposal as one of its 12 bids to a European fund worth around EUR4.5 billion - to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) and renewable projects - could undermine Scotland’s desire to move away from polluting fossil fuels toward cleaner renewable energy sources.
The environmental groups said that the proposed Hunterston power station would only capture a small fraction of its emissions and result in a net increase in Scotland’s carbon emissions.

Green groups slam Government in coal power funding row

14.03.2011

Research body, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, which is funded by the Scottish government and energy firms, suggests the wider carbon capture industry in Scotland could create at least 13,000 jobs by 2020.
A total of 14 UK projects have applied for European Union funding of around EUR4.5 billion for carbon capture and storage and renewable energy projects the government announced last month.
Ayrshire Power unveiled plans last year to build a new carbon capture and storage system for a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston, which drew objections from more than 14,000 people claiming it would be harmful to wildlife and the environment.
The government has until May 9 to assess the applications against the EU's New Entrant Scheme to then decide which projects it will put forward to the European Investment Bank.
Last year the UK government revealed it would invest £1billion to fund carbon capture and storage technology.

Carbon capture could create 13,000 jobs
Moray Firth rocks 'could store 15 years of carbon emissions'
Burying pollution: Sandstone rocks under the North Sea could store C02, study claims
Progressing Scotland’s CO2 storage opportunities

"WWF believes that the proposed retrofit of CCS at Longannet and Peterhead power stations are important projects that would reduce current emissions and should proceed. The proposal for a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston makes no sense at all since it would capture only a small fraction of its emissions, increase Scotland's overall emissions and damage local wildlife sites."

New Report: 13,000 New Scottish Jobs from Storing Carbon - WWF Scotland Comment

Patrick Harvie MSP said: "Carbon capture and storage remains an unproven technology, yet to be demonstrated anywhere in the world, and research published last year suggests it "cannot be made feasible at any cost". With such question marks over the whole idea, SNP Ministers should not be predicting job numbers drawn up on the back of a fag packet. Scotland's renewable potential can meet our power needs almost six times over, and if we had a Government prepared to commit to that task, we could already be exporting the surplus to our neighbours. Large-scale carbon capture, even if it eventually works, risks becoming a poor excuse to keep dirty power plants running longer.
"By all means let's continue the research to see if some of the pollution from existing plants can be captured, but above all we must not allow the prospect of CCS be used to justify new coal power stations, as the SNP Government has tried to do. Ministers would be well advised to get behind renewables instead. We know they work, we know they're clean, and we know they'll bring real jobs for the long term."

Scotland has CCS capacity to process a century of CO2 output

14.03.2011

Research body, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, which is funded by the Scottish government and energy firms, suggests the wider carbon capture industry in Scotland could create at least 13,000 jobs by 2020.
A total of 14 UK projects have applied for European Union funding of around EUR4.5 billion for carbon capture and storage and renewable energy projects the government announced last month.
Ayrshire Power unveiled plans last year to build a new carbon capture and storage system for a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston, which drew objections from more than 14,000 people claiming it would be harmful to wildlife and the environment.
The government has until May 9 to assess the applications against the EU's New Entrant Scheme to then decide which projects it will put forward to the European Investment Bank.
Last year the UK government revealed it would invest £1billion to fund carbon capture and storage technology.

Carbon capture could create 13,000 jobs
Moray Firth rocks 'could store 15 years of carbon emissions'
Burying pollution: Sandstone rocks under the North Sea could store C02, study claims
Progressing Scotland’s CO2 storage opportunities

"WWF believes that the proposed retrofit of CCS at Longannet and Peterhead power stations are important projects that would reduce current emissions and should proceed. The proposal for a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston makes no sense at all since it would capture only a small fraction of its emissions, increase Scotland's overall emissions and damage local wildlife sites."

New Report: 13,000 New Scottish Jobs from Storing Carbon - WWF Scotland Comment

Patrick Harvie MSP said: "Carbon capture and storage remains an unproven technology, yet to be demonstrated anywhere in the world, and research published last year suggests it "cannot be made feasible at any cost". With such question marks over the whole idea, SNP Ministers should not be predicting job numbers drawn up on the back of a fag packet. Scotland's renewable potential can meet our power needs almost six times over, and if we had a Government prepared to commit to that task, we could already be exporting the surplus to our neighbours. Large-scale carbon capture, even if it eventually works, risks becoming a poor excuse to keep dirty power plants running longer.
"By all means let's continue the research to see if some of the pollution from existing plants can be captured, but above all we must not allow the prospect of CCS be used to justify new coal power stations, as the SNP Government has tried to do. Ministers would be well advised to get behind renewables instead. We know they work, we know they're clean, and we know they'll bring real jobs for the long term."

Scotland has CCS capacity to process a century of CO2 output

09.02.2011

Ayrshire Power has applied for European Union cash through its sister company, Peel Energy Carbon Capture and Storage Ltd.
If the grant is secured, work on the new plant could begin in 2013.

Carbon capture schemes bid for EU cash
AP submits EU funding bid for Hunterston project

31.01.2011

Smoke and floodlights from the Hunterston coal and biomass-fired power plant near Largs in Ayrshire will by visible from miles around if the project goes ahead, according to a damning report by government body Scottish Natural Heritage.
Iit would also “significantly and adversely” spoil the view of setting sun over the sea to Arran and the Paps of Jura from the Clyde Muirshiel regional park.

Beauty spot at risk

13.01.2011

Ross Finnie's Parliamentary Question

Ross Finnie

"To ask the Scottish Executive, with specific reference to any application for planning permission for a clean-coal-fired power station at Hunterston, whether the presumption of need conferred by 'National Planning Framework for Scotland 2' will remain in place until at least the conclusion of the statutory five-yearly review. (S3O-12570)"

Jim Mather: "...there are no plans for an early revision of any aspect of the national planning framework."

Full discussion.

Concluding statement:

Jim Mather: "...In the light of our work and United Kingdom electricity market reform, the main elements of our future energy mix look to be more renewables, decarbonisation of fossil-fuel plants to ensure that we have full carbon capture and storage and the development of an increasingly smart grid..."

23.12.10

Scotland’s renewable energy hits 27%

Renewable energy now accounts for more than a quarter of Scotland’s electricity demand, government statistics show. Renewables met more than 27 per cent of Scotland’s electricity usage in 2009, according to its Energy Trends publication.
The statistics also reveal that Scotland is reducing its energy consumption at a faster rate than it is increasing its power generation.

New Energy World Network
White Christmas, Greener Scotland
also see:
Renewable electricity in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the regions of England in 2009

22.12.10

Hunterston criticism is misplaced: Muir Miller, AP project director

"Coal's dominant position in the world's energy markets is beyond dispute. If we want to reduce carbon emissions, the key contributor to that process won't be renewables or nuclear power, but coal-fired power stations fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
Our proposals for such a facility at Hunterston were lodged with the Scottish Government in June and we are liaising with Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and North Ayrshire Council to refine these."

The remainder of this Scotsman article is premium access only. Read it here (MSWord).

23.12.10

Response from FOE, WWF and RSPB

"Far from opposing carbon capture and storage (CCS), as Muir Miller mistakenly writes, Friends of the Earth Scotland, WWF Scotland and RSPB Scotland support the demonstration of CCS technology in Scotland. But Ayrshire Power's proposal at Hunterston is the wrong proposal in the the wrong place."

Read the complete response from Friends of the Earth Scotland, RSPB Scotland and WWF Scotland.

04.01.11

"...It is no part of our role to play off the Ayrshire Power proposal against others in Scotland as we strongly support the Scottish Government's CCS Roadmap policy and the chance for Scotland to take the lead in developing and implementing CCS solutions.
However, surely any responsible environmental organisation would wish to consider the benefits of a new, state-of-the-art power station with CCS alongside the benefits of retro-fitting existing power stations which Mr McLaren advocates ..."

Read the complete response from Muir Miller of Ayrshire Power.

05.01.11

"...The plans to install CCS at Longannet and Peterhead would directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and would also avoid direct harm to important wildlife interests. Thus, government funds spent here would achieve the best outcome for Scotland and the planet. Our support for these proposals has nothing to do with who the developers are. We assess each application on its own merits, and, indeed, we have opposed schemes from SSE and ScottishPower when we consider the damage done to outweigh any benefits.
The development of CCS offers considerable opportunities for Scotland, but it must be developed to reduce existing greenhouse gas emissions - not lead to a net increase as Hunterston inevitably would - and it must not destroy the most important parts of our natural environment.

Read the complete response from FOE, RSPB and WWF.

15.12.10

Ayrshire Power refuse to go away - worrying developments on carbon capture plans

Ayrshire Power has created a high-powered consortium to develop its plans for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the proposed new multi-fuel power station at Hunterston.

The consortium includes Doosan Power Systems, engineering and construction company Fluor, and Petrofac, the international energy facilities group which is working with Peel Energy.

Owen Michaelson, chairman of Peel Energy, said the project was “a fantastic opportunity for Scotland and the UK to lead the way in pioneering the use of CCS”.

Aedán Smith, head of planning and development for RSPB Scotland, said: "Not only would this development destroy a nationally important wildlife site for wading birds and waterfowl, but it would also contribute to massive global environmental damage through a major increase in climate-wrecking greenhouse gases."

Beth Stratford, energy and finance campaigner at Friends of the Earth Scotland, added: "Ayrshire Power has identified just one potential carbon dioxide storage site; if this proves unviable or insufficient the Scottish consumer or taxpayer may have to bear the extra costs of transport of CO2 to alternative storage locations."

Ayrshire Power Announces Formation of New Consortium for Hunterston Project (Peel website)
Ayrshire Power consortium set to develop CCS plan (The Herald 16 Dec 2010)
Consortium formed for Ayrshire coal power station plan (BBC 15 Dec 2010)
Carbon capture latest link in Ayrshire Power plans (The Scotsman 16 Dec 2010)
Firms join forces for carbon bid (also The Scotsman 16 Dec 2010)
Ayrshire Power forms CCS consortium (Power-Gen Worldwide 15 Dec 2010)

UK Government announce Energy Policy overhaul (16-12-10)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change and HM Treasury has launched consultations on fundamental reforms to the electricity market.

These include:

  • Four reforms to provide long-term certainty for electricity investors
  • New market to have built-in level playing field for low carbon
  • Rules for existing investments protected
  • Long term impact on household electricity bills lower than under current market

The devil we suspect, will be in the detail and it may be some time before we know how this would impact on Ayrshire Power's plans.

 

6.12.10

Local MSP Kenneth Gibson has welcomed a new energy statement from the SNP Government which, he says, will effectively rule out a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston.

A spokesman for Ayrshire Power said: “Ayrshire Power takes great encouragement from the Scottish Government’s position on thermal and renewable electricity generation as outlined in its recent Policy Statement.”

Read article in the Largs and Millport Weekly News.

15.12.10

Fairlie Comminity Councillor John Riddell has warned that the proposed coal plant at Hunterston will not go away despite new regulations.

He says, "It thus seems quite clear that the present Scottish Government is not prepared to state as its policy that a new coal fired power station at Hunterston, or the existing Longannet, Peterhead and Cockenzie thermal plants, must be fitted with full CCS by 2025.

Interestingly, this is in contrast with the view of NA Council as expressed in the Draft Local Development Plan where there is the policy statement that a coal fired power station at Hunterston ‘shall provide entirely CCS technology from its first day of operation’."

Read his full in-depth analysis in the Largs and Millport Weekly News.

Ayrshire Power should admit nobody wants or needs their
dirty coal station.

Sunday Herald: Energy U-turn could kill off coal-fired power plant

Maggie and Peter handing in official Conch objection

August 20th 2010.
CONCH members hand in our letter of objection - one of 16,256 objections received by the Scottish Parliament in reponse to this issue.
More photos from the hand-in.

Read our objection letter.

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