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Scottish Government Heat Generation Policy Statement

16 Jul 2014 10:45am

Heat and the City submitted a response to the Scottish Government's Heat Generation Policy Statement

Written by: David Hawkey

The Scottish Government published its Draft Heat Generation Policy Statement (HGPS) back in March, and the Scottish Parliament debated the issues, focusing particularly on district heating, on the sixth of that month. During the debate, Alison Johnstone (Green MSP for Lothian region) highlighted some of the conclusions from the Heat … (Read more)


Oral evidence to UK Energy and Climate Change Select Committee

04 Nov 2013 10:10am

On 29th October, Dave Hawkey gave oral evidence to the UK Energy and Climate Change Select Committee

Written by: David Hawkey

Following submission or our written evidence to the UK Parliament Energy and Climate Change Select Committee's Call for Evidence on Heat, I was invited down to give evidence oral evidence on the 29th of October. The St Jude Day Storm meant I couldn't get down to London the night before. … (Read more)


Bringing Warmth to Wyndford

07 Aug 2013 12:45pm

Domestic energy prices have risen by 50%80% since 2005. Households with expensive electric heating and low incomes have been hit especially hard by these changes. The Heat and the City research programme interviewed over 200 households on an estate in Glasgow to find out how they coped with the cold, and what their hopes for the future are now the estate has received an energy-upgrade package of insulation and district heating.

Written by: David Hawkey

Domestic energy prices have risen by 50%–80% since 2005. Households with expensive electric heating and low incomes have been hit especially hard by these changes. The Heat and the City research programme interviewed over 200 households on an estate in Glasgow to find out how they coped with the cold, … (Read more)


Community Energy in Edinburgh - Next Steps meeting, Dec 2012

10 Jan 2013 12:02pm

On 7th of December last year (2012) I went along to a community/cooperative energy event at the City of Edinburgh Council Chambers. The event was co-organised by the council, Changeworks, and the Edinburgh Community Energy Cooperative. It was a follow-on to an earlier event which had brought community energy groups together, and identified a need for greater coordination to avoid duplication of effort and help community groups deal with foreseen reductions in grant funding availability.

Written by: David Hawkey

On 7th of December last year (2012) I went along to a community/cooperative energy event at the City of Edinburgh Council Chambers. The event was co-organised by the council, Changeworks, and the Edinburgh Community Energy Cooperative. It was a follow-on to an earlier event which had brought community energy groups … (Read more)


CHPA and Energy Institute Heat Conference - Nov 2012

10 Jan 2013 11:59am

Back in November I attended the Heat Conference organised by the CHPA and the Energy Institute at the Royal Society in London. The conference sought to look at heat across technologies rather than represent the interests of one particular industry group.

Written by: David Hawkey

Back in November I attended the Heat Conference organised by the CHPA and the Energy Institute at the Royal Society in London. The conference sought to look at heat across technologies rather than represent the interests of one particular industry group. Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate … (Read more)


Renewable Energy Investment Fund Workshop – 2 July 2012

14 Aug 2012 11:42am

Workshop to identify how REIF could be used to support district heating in Scotland.

Written by: David Hawkey

The Scottish Government has received funding from the Fossil Fuel Levy, and plans to use this to support renewable energy via a Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF). The fund has three priority areas: marine energy, community energy and district heating. At the beginning of July, Jan and I took part … (Read more)


Advisory Board - 6 June 2012

28 Jun 2012 12:00pm

Notes on the 6 June 2012 advisory board meeting

Written by: David Hawkey

The Heat and the City advisory board met to discuss project development on June 6th 2012. The meeting focused on three areas: UK and Scottish Government Heat Strategies, the District Heating Vanguard Local Authority Network, and Heat and the City work in progress in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Brief presentations were … (Read more)


Scottish Renewables Bioenergy Conference - 19 June 2012

28 Jun 2012 10:55am

Brief report on attendance at Scottish Renewables Bioenergy Conference

Written by: David Hawkey

Last week I attended Scottish Renewables’ Bioenergy Conference in Perth, which included interesting presentations on a range of heat technologies and issues including (but not limited to) bioenergy. The conference kicked off with the Big Biomass Debate – “Big” referring to both the scale of technology being debated and the … (Read more)


Urban Transitions in Comparison, Durham

26 Mar 2012 1:43pm

Scholars from around the world met at Durham University last week to discuss the diverse urban responses to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Written by: Janette Webb

Scholars from around the world met at Durham University last week to discuss the diverse urban responses to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The event was organised by Profs Harriet Bulkeley (Durham University) and Simon Guy (Manchester University), and presenters described cities as diverse in geography, wealth and culture as … (Read more)


American Association of Geographers conference and New York Steam Company

26 Mar 2012 11:10am

Post on AAG and NY SteamCo visit, DJCH.

Written by: David Hawkey

Between the 26th and 28th of February, I attended the vast annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in New York. The conference was packed full of interesting sessions, and those I attended included focuses on technological innovation and urban sustainability. I presented some of our case study work, … (Read more)



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