The visual, the noise and the flicker may be stated in an Environmental Assessment during planning, but there has never been a multi-site study of the match against the statment in the EA during the planning process and the actuality of the impact on the environment, later once the wind farm is operational.
Technology is widely seen by most countries as one of the key industries for the 21st century, not only as a key sector in itself for generating economic output and employment, but also for underpinning the growth of other industries - everything from defence to healthcare to financial services. Yet despite its importance, it has not been an industry that has traditionally had a high profile in the UK compared to other sectors such as financial services, media, fashion and going further back, manufacturing, writes KPMG Technology Sector head Trevor Aw in 'Tech Monitor UK'
Development of the largest tidal array in Europecan will now progress after Scottish Ministers awarded consent to build the first tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth. Aqumarine Power and Pelamis Wave Power with extensive projects also recieve grant awards to advancing wave and tidal energies.
Last month, Scotland's Centre for White Space, hosted at the University of Strathclyde, with the Universities of the Highlands and Islands and Stirling as partners, announced that 23 companies and organisations across the world have joined forces to launch the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
Openreach does dig trenches, lay duct and blow fibre, but people cannot buy dark fibre from Openreach. If a business blows fibre through BT ducts, they cannot sell it to businesses. This allows BT to make its profit at the Openreach level, and also undercut all competitors above that level.
‘Space weather’ or solar storms are when the ejection of material from the Sun can cause a host of potentially damaging effects, from knocking out satellites to overloading electrical power grids on the ground. In an effort to protect the UK National Grid from this phenomenon, scientists from the BGS (British Geological Survey) are for the first time carrying out a programme of long-term continuous measurement of the background electric field in the UK to better understand what happens during space weather events.
More than 80% (97 of 118) of Regional Selective Assistance offers accepted during 2012-2013 went to small to medium enterprises operating in Scotland. Around half the total funding offered (£20.2m from £43.3 million) also went to SMEs. However there appears to be is no breakdown into industry category.
A £7 million funding package will help businesses across Scotland to become more digitally connected. The new funding from the Scottish Government will be available to SMEs to enable them to adopt and better use of new technologies to become more competitive.
New plans that would exclude wind farms from 19% of Scotland, designated as National Scenic Areas or national park status, leaves anti-wind farm campaigners fretting as they anticipate more wind farm pressure on the remaining 69% of Scotland. And no consideration or reprieve is give to Scotland's seascapes, as the Tiree Array, currently is only on 'hold' by Scottish Power Renewables.
Professor Andrew Goudie, Visiting Professor and Special Adviser to the Principal of the University of Strathclyde has published "Scotland’s Future: The Economics of Constitutional Change." that highlights the primary economic challenges that must be addressed in analysing and debating Scotland’s constitutional future.
On Skye, early spring weather has been good enough to allow many land managers to begin muirburn earlier than usual. Organiaed by the Portree Office of SAC Consulting an event offered both crofters, deer managers and others a chance to discuss issues surrounding the controlled burning of moor heather with an expert from Scotland’s Rural College.
The Scottish renewable energy sector expects investment to top £1 billion for the first time in 2012, as the French EDF Energy announces it is to extend the expected operating life of two of its UK nuclear power stations by seven years. Accordingly Hunterston B in Ayreshire and Hinkley Point in Somerset are now expected to remain operational until at least 2023.
While compulsory gender quotas for the number of women holding board positions did not, thankfully, pass the EU November vote, stiff new measures will force companies to achieve a 40% female board head count by 2020, or face sanctions. In the computer, technology and manufacturing industries this issue really need planned redress.
Analysys Mason Ltd's Final Report on behalf of the European Commission (DG Information Society and Media) has assessed the potential impact of five regulatory measures on reducing the cost of deploying high-speed broadband infrastructure across Europe. These are: a centralised atlas of passive infrastructures; mandated access to passive infrastructure; a one-stop shop on rights of way & administrative procedures; a database where all planned civil works must be published; an obligation to equip all new buildings with high-speed (100Mbit/s, as well as mandated open access to the terminating segment.
The pressure wind farm companies are putting on Scotland’s planning system to build on ‘unsuitable’ sites have quadrupled the number of appeals they have lodged against council decisions to reject planning permission and diverted millions of pounds of council taxpayers’ money to deal with the influx.
As Avincis bases in London to seek government outsourcing opportunities across Europe, it sees the market for air rescue services growing as governments look to save money by privatising fire fighting, search & rescue and air ambulance services. Coastguard services however are headed for control-room-style co-ordination of centres, where the Marine Operation Centre in Fareham on the UK's south coast between Portshmouth and Southampton is to be open by March 2014.
While many companies and traditional industries have struggled, Scotland’s renewable electricity industry has delivered capital investment of some £2.8bn since the beginning of 2009, according to new figures from Scottish Renewables. The figures are part of a new series of statistics ‘Scotland’s Renewable Energy Sector in Numbers’ published online this week.
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