Renewable energy use shows no sign of slowing down in Scotland

The UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change has released figures on the generation of electricity in Scotland last year. They show that 2012 was a very successful year...

Wild Land Map Consultation: December 2013 update

Scottish Natural Heritage have been requested by the Scottish Government to provide further advice on the proposed Wild Land Map and have issued a Public Consultation. It will be recalled...

Reminder: Feed in Tariff Preliminary Accreditation Deadline for Current Tariff - 31/12/13

Preliminary accreditation under the Feed in Tariff (FiT) scheme is a mechanism which allows prospective generators to obtain an assurance that they will be accredited, and of the tariff rate...

Renewables Obligations to Contracts for Difference: Consultation on Grace Periods

On 7th November 2013, the Government published the consultation"RO Grace Periods" which sets out the proposed approach for the closure of the Renewables Obligation ("RO") to new generating capacity, including...

Windfarm Fears Exaggerated

Recent press reports that it is necessary to obtain an electricity generation licence from OFGEM in respect of wind turbines before planning consent can be given are misleading. The ruling...

The Growing Green Deal

The latest official statistics published by the government have confirmed that as at the end of October, 1,173 UK households had committed to installing energy efficiency improvements under the government's...

Owners warned: Double council tax for empty homes

From 1 January 2014, homes in Edinburgh that lie empty for a year or more are set to face a double council tax charge. In April last year, the Scottish...

Changes proposed to Charity Accounts

The Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator have recently published a draft of a proposed new Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for...

Central Bank dithering leaves markets like Goldilocks

Anyone struggling to work out where markets and the economy are headed at the moment should take some comfort from the fact that the world's most powerful central bankers are...

Tcam can help you make the right life choices

Many readers will be reaching a stage your life where financial security and planning for the future is more prevalent than ever. You may have bought your first house, have...

Is Philanthropy still needed?

We know that sport can transform lives, but a recent awards ceremony honouring global philanthropists is a reminder that philanthropy, in all its forms, can also transform lives and is...

Graeme Wilcox wins top national art prize

The artist commissioned for the painting of the Turcan Connell co-founders, Robert Turcan and Douglas Connell, has just been awarded in the 17th annual National Open Art competition. Graeme Wilcox's...