'Local communities have received more than £20m in payouts from green energy projects over a year in Scotland'

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Meanwhile all the braw Scottish wind is keeping the windfarms turning away. STV News is carrying an interesting item on the Community payments from the various Community sustainable energy projects in Scotland having passed the £20M payments (in 12 months) milestone. Not just producing sustainable energy but also bringing much needed community funds into locations that can find plenty of good uses for it.

(Remember – the large increase in Community green energy projects became possible due to the SNP Scottish Govt expending considerable political energy over a prolonged period to foster the necessary engineering, planning, project management and financial skills bases to enable these projects to be successfully commissioned.)

Couldn’t find the same good news story being carried on beeb Scotland pages – I wonder why not? Link and snippets below:

Green energy projects pay out more than £20m in 12 months

Local communities have received more than £20m in payouts from green energy projects over a year in Scotland for the first time.

The payments from projects such as wind farms amounted to a total of £20,507,747 in 2019.

More than 240 renewable energy schemes are now paying out to local communities, with the cash going to schemes that help tackle fuel poverty, improve transport and improve green spaces.

Local Energy Scotland, which keeps a register of community benefits, hailed the “milestone” total, with payments topping £20m for the first time.

Chris Morris, Local Energy Scotland manager, said: “We know that community benefits make a real and transformational difference to communities and it’s great to see this landmark milestone being reached.

“The amount of benefit that these payments offer really goes to show their worth.”

Beeb Scotland do carry minimal info regarding farmed salmon producer Mowi (previously known as Marine Harvest) reporting that the commissioning phase of its large new fish feed plant, at Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye, is nearing its conclusion, with production already of 23,000 tonnes. (But – you will have to search hard to find it).

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12 thoughts on “'Local communities have received more than £20m in payouts from green energy projects over a year in Scotland'

  1. Again – apologies John – totally off-topic.

    Scottish Govt purring gently but showing their claws ever so slightly.

    The Westminster govt have recently announced that they are holding a UK wide conference to discuss drug abuse/misuse and have arranged it for Glasgow on Feb 27th. They deliberately played silly beggers though and didn’t include the Scottish Govt (or Welsh Govt, Irish Exec, or any other relevant authority) to participate in the organisation and agenda setting.

    The Westminster Home Secretary isn’t attending and the Westminster minister chairing is Kit Malthouse – his brief, clearly, being to maintain Westminster/Whitehall ‘control’ of drug policy and to stymie the efforts of the Scottish Govt (and various Police Authorities south of the border) to press for immediate trials of Supervised Consumption Rooms and rapid transfer of Scottish drug policy to Scotland etc. (With similar calls from some in Wales etc).

    Anyhow – The Scottish Govt have shown real intelligence and have organised a pre-conference Conference in the same venue, but the day before! – Essentially, turning Kit Malthouse’s deliberately minimal conference into a 2 day rather more maximal Conference – where on Day 1 the Scottish Govt are ensuring that all the stuff Westminster don’t want aired – now can be aired – and how!!

    The Scottish Govt have arranged for the model of a Supervised Drug Consumption Room to be part of the Conference (I believe the City of Bristol had this model made to support its own active demands for a SDCR in Bristol).

    Given all her pops at the Scottish Govt about drug issues in Scotland even super-whining tory MSP Annie Wells has had to welcome the SNP Scottish Govt Conference through gritted teeth.

    A clever case of challenging Westminster by the simple act of being highly helpful and super-cooperative – smart stuff!

    Link and snippets below:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-51480149

    The Scottish government is to hold a drugs summit in Glasgow the day before a UK government conference on the same issue in the same venue.

    The UK government confirmed last month it would be holding a summit at the Scottish Events Campus on 27 February aimed at tackling problem drug use.

    Plans for a separate conference at the campus on 26 February were announced by the Scottish government on Thursday.

    It said the event would “better highlight the problem in Scotland”.

    The Scottish government has been calling for the introduction of consumption rooms where addicts can safely inject, and for control over drugs policy to be devolved from Westminster to Holyrood – but the proposals have so far been rejected by the UK government.

    Instead, it said it would be holding a major summit that would bring together health professionals, politicians and senior police officers from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland to examine ways of reducing the number of drug deaths across the UK.

    At the time, the Scottish government claimed that the summit had been set up without any consultation – and it has now announced its own event which will be co-hosted by Glasgow City Council.

    It said the discussions would “help inform Scottish input” to the UK Drugs Summit the next day, with public health minister Joe Fitzpatrick saying the agenda would be led by people with “lived experience” of drug abuse.

    “The UK event, while welcome, simply does not have the voices of people with lived experience in Scotland at its heart. We’ve pressed the UK government to extend their event to accommodate this, but this has not yet been forthcoming.”

    The Scottish conference will also include training in the use of Naloxone, which reverses the effect of an opioid overdose, and a demonstration model of a drug consumption facility.

    Scottish Conservative health spokeswoman Annie Wells has previously said she is “open” to the idea of consumption rooms.

    Responding to the Scottish government announcement, she said any opportunity to discuss how to tackle Scotland’s drug crisis was welcome.

    Clearly a case of ‘pooling and sharing’ – Better Together, anyone?

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  2. Annie Wells said that? Now, that is the most bizarre thing, well wells.

    I do hope glasgow City Council is raking it in for all these huge numbers of competitive venue bookings (ref. The climate summit in November too), they need it after paying off the Labour council’s debts. Good news about the Scottish Government keeping pushing on the drugs policy, and a good move there.

    John, I can’t keep up reading all your articles! You might have to, and I know this is a radical idea, create sections on your blog? You could have the 8% Meme section, a Technology section, a Health section, a Politics (and bridges) section, etc. Makes it easier to check out things we are most interested in. Or is that too much decision-making and technologically impossible?

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      1. Actually yeah, keep the format you have here – sections was a rubbish idea – this is a good rolling stream of a mix of articles, people might read things they didn’t think they were interested in, and it means people have to keep reading or lose track!

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      2. No, prof. Don’t change the format. I learn so much about topics that I hadn’t considered. I tell lots of people to read your blog. Many of them are SNP members who have no idea you exist.

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      3. Proof!

        Thank you for saying Jimmock – I don’t even know why I suggested it, maybe posting straight after a tough day at work and a tough walk through hailstones wasn’t a good idea!

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    1. Yeah, but who cares? 🙂

      I liked your ‘fact check’ stint, but I guess that might raise the bar a bit high and we’d be inundated with pedantry. I really am bereft of any kind of naming skills or creativity – headlines and cleverness are beyond me…

      4000 views per day? Wow. A lot of effort though!

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