The generation of energy is a subject of increasing public and political debate as a result of concern about global warming, unstable and increasing fossil fuel prices and the technological improvements that have increased the competitiveness of renewable energy generation. Achieving the most appropriate mix of energy generating technologies will be crucial to future economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.
BiGGAR Economics has undertaken a wide variety of consultancy projects in the energy sector covering both traditional fossil fuel technologies and renewable energy.
- assessment of the direct and wider economic impacts of the on-shore wind sector in the UK on behalf of RenewableUK and the Department of Energy & Climate Change, covering current impacts and potential impacts for 2020 development scenarios;
- preparation of a business plan for the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, part of the Technology Strategy Board’s network of technology and innovation centres, as part of the successful bid for the centre to be headquartered in the International Renewable Energy Zone in Glasgow;
- economic impact of Oil and Gas and R&D and implications of increasing R&D expenditure;
- review of the demand and supply of workforce skills for the emerging renewables sector in Fife;
- economic impact and tourism impact assessments of proposed wind farm developments across the UK including Clyde Wind Farm Extension (South Lanarkshire & Scottish Borders, SSE Renewables), Mount Lothian (Midlothian, Wind Prospect), Limekiln (Caithness, Infinergy), Bhlaraidh (Highlands, SSE Renewables), Stronelairg (Highlands, SSE Renewables), Kenly (Fife, University of St Andrews), Glenmorie (Easter Ross, Wind Energy), Berrier Hill (Cumbria, West Coast Energy), Harrows Law (South Lanarkshire, SSE Renewables), Bickham Moor (Devon, Coronation Power), Dorenell (Moray, Infinergy) Pen y Cymoedd (South Wales, Vattenfall), Black Craig (Arygll, Infinis), Tedder Hill (Yorkshire, E.On Renewables), Clyde Wind Farm (South Lanarkshire, Airtricity), Invercassley (Sutherland, Airtricity), Lissett Airfield (Yorkshire, Novera);
- socio-economic impact assessment of Scottish Coal’s proposals for Surface Mines at Broken Cross (South Lanarkshire), Airfield (Midlothian), St Ninians (Fife) and Cauldhall (Midlothian);
- expert witness services for a number of public inquiries, on economic impacts and on tourism impacts;
- economic impact assessment of the Power Networks Demonstration Centre a project involving grid operators, the University of Strathclyde and Scottish Enterprise to allow the testing and development of new electricity grid technologies on a test grid;
- development of a model for Skills Development Scotland to inform the preparation of a South West Scotland Wind Farm Protocol on local labour and training inputs;