Following the report in the Scottish Energy News on Monday this week (20 January 2014) on publication of a report by Oxford and Edinburgh Universities that wave power from the Pentland Firth could supply 50% of Scotland’s electricity, Holryood MP Jim Eadie (SNP) has put down the following question in the Scottish Parliament for answer today (22 January 2014) at First Minister’s Question Time:
Jim Eadie: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to findings from the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford that the Pentland Firth could provide enough renewable energy to power approximately half of Scotland’s homes. (S4F-01840)
Other energy news issues reported in Scottish Energy News have also surfaced in the latest written questions by Holyrood MPs in the Scottish Parliament, including the following motions:
S4M-08802 Jackie Baillie: Mind the Gap Fuel Poverty Campaign
That Parliament welcomes the Mind the Gap fuel poverty campaign, organised by the charity, Turn2us, which will run until 15 February 2014;
understands that the campaign is based on a Turn2us survey that found that, in the face of spiralling energy costs, 79% of people in Scotland are worried about paying their energy bills this winter; notes that the campaign focuses on the widening fuel poverty gap, the difference between the cost of energy bills and what people can afford to pay; is concerned about rising energy prices in the UK, which, it understands, have increased to over three times the rate of inflation; notes that 647,000 Scottish households were estimated to be in fuel poverty in 2012, and commends Turn2us for both raising awareness of the persistent problem of fuel poverty in Scotland and for offering practical support to people who are struggling with their energy bills this winter.
MSPs Mary Fee, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Duncan McNei