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The Scottish government has announced funding for a initiative to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy.

First Minister Alex Salmond confirmed the project will receive an award of £2.2m.

The government has a target for the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's electricity consumption to come from renewable sources by 2020.

Environmental charity WWF Scotland welcomed the news saying it would bring extra jobs as well as cheaper energy.

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It's great to see the Scottish government supporting projects to help lower the costs of offshore wind”

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The funding will go to The Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme, a joint industry and government scheme, which brings together nine offshore wind developers with over 72% (31GW) of the UK's licensed capacity.

The OWA will receive £200,000 in 2014/15 and £2m in 2015/16.

Funding will be used to encourage wind developers to work together to try and meet cost reduction targets and also to commercialise offshore wind turbines for Scottish waters.

Accelerate progress

The first minister said that renewable energy was "extremely valuable" to the Scottish economy and investment in renewable energy would make sure the country could comfortably meet its energy demands.

He added: "Scotland is admired around the world for our work in renewable energy and in 2013 we set a new record for renewables generation, emphasising our commitment.

"The Scottish government's target is to generate the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's gross annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020, as part of a wider, balanced, energy mix, and we are already nearly half way there.

"Renewable energy is extremely valuable to Scotland's economy, to reducing our carbon emissions and in providing low carbon energy supplies as well as jobs and long term investment."

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm News of the investment in wind energy resources was welcomed by environmental protection groups

The Carbon Trust's Chief Executive Tom Delay added: "We are delighted to be working with the Scottish government to drive further cost reductions in the offshore wind industry.

"The sector has huge potential to generate low carbon power and create economic value. Key to that success will be driving costs down through innovation and doing this quickly.

"The OWA and this new injection of funding will be key to help meet this cost reduction challenge."

News of the funding was also welcomed by environmental protection charity WWF Scotland. The group's climate and energy policy officer Gina Hanrahan said: "It's great to see the Scottish Government supporting projects to help lower the costs of offshore wind.

"Studies estimate that Scotland's offshore wind industry could create 28,000 jobs by 2020 and contribute over £7bn of investment to the economy.

She concluded: "By driving innovation and promoting collaboration, initiatives like the Accelerator Programme will help to ensure that we make the most of the economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind."

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    The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh discovered the missing Cadell during conservation and estimate it'll fetch more than £50,000 at auction.

     
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    10:03: Up Helly Aa begins

    Up Helly Aa, the biggest event in Shetland's long dark winter, is under way in Lerwick.

    Up Helly Aa

    The highlight is this evening's torchlight procession, when nearly a thousand torchbearers will parade through the streets before burning their replica Viking Longship.

     
  73.  
    10:00: Murray warming to the task

    Andy Murray is six games away from his 6th #AusOpen semi-final. He leads Nick Kyrgios by 2 sets to love. 6-3 7-6.

    Follow live text coverage here.

     
  74.  
    09:55: Councillor stands by Marischal Square claims BBC Radio Scotland

    A senior Aberdeen councillor tells the BBC he is standing by his claim that pulling out of the Marischal Square development in the city would cost the authority £100m in cancellation fees.

    St Nicholas House plan image

    Yesterday, the city council confirmed there would be no such fees. Councillor Willie Young believes the fees would be applicable if the council still owned the site, which was sold to a consortium of developers last December.

     
  75.  
    @LeeMcConnell400 'Social media blackout'

    Former Scottish athlete Lee McConnell tweets: Tennis is just getting tense and I need to go out. Social media black out needed so I can watch it later, not the same as live tho...

     
  76.  
    @bbctennis Murray watch BBC Tennis

    Both players hold again. 6-5 Kyrgios leads set 2. Guarantees himself a tie-break. bbc.in/18nyG7s

    Andy Murray
     
  77.  
    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk Rangers - Your views

    Gary McGuire: They're going to end up closing the doors at Ibrox. The fans won't be happy at latest loan from Mike Ashley and all that goes with it. How can they say Ashley doesn't have influence on the board? Shocking.

     
  78.  
    09:37: Holocaust Memorial Day BBC Radio Scotland

    Henry Wuga, who escaped Nazi Germany by coming to Glasgow in 1939, tells Good Morning Scotland Holocaust Memorial Day "concentrates the mind" and show us that it should never happen again.

    Auschwitz shoes

    Mr Wuga says it is "mindboggling" how a country made a "simple, industrial decision" to exterminate people by setting up camps and ordering ovens and gas.

    He was brought to Glasgow via Kindertransport, the rescue mission set up to get Jews out of Germany in the months prior to the outbreak of the war.

     
  79.  
    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk Here Comes The Sun...

    Ray Marra: Sunrise over Caird Park, Dundee.

    Sunrise over Caird Park Dundee

    Send your pictures to newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk or tweet @bbcscotlandnews and we'll use the best.

     
  80.  
    09:26: Tune in BBC Radio Scotland

    Do you think community-based alternatives could be the answer to female offending? Louise White on Morning Call wants to know what you think.

    Listen live to the programme here.

     
  81.  
    @BBCTravelScot Edinburgh problems BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    A902 Maybury Road closed because of an accident between Maybury Drive and Craigs Road. Congestion on A902 Maybury Road to Barnton junction.

    Police, Ambulance and Fire Brigade are on the scene dealing with five vehicles involved.

     
  82.  
    @BBCKheredine 'Murray in charge' Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    tweets: wee bounce of the racquet in frustration from @NickKyrgios who's already been warned for an 'audible obscenity'. Murray in charge. So far...

     
  83.  
    09:12: 1800s sketches digitised

    A series of drawings and paintings from the 1800s have been digitised and made available online.

    Drawing of dead bird

    The artwork by Edinburgh-born James Drummond features historic landmarks such as standing stones and ruined castles, as well as found objects such as a dead bird.

     
  84.  
    09:10: Murray v Kyrgios

    Andy Murray takes the first set 6-3.

    Andy Murray at the Australian Open

    Follow live text coverage here.

    Andy Murray at the Australian Open

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery: "An audible obscenity, gesturing at the ball kids, a few flashing winners... plenty of the trademark Kyrgios features on show but he doesn't carry quite the same swagger as he's being clinically dismantled on a cold and blustery evening. Murray has quietened the crowd, a classic away tie performance."

    Andy Murray at the Australian Open
     
  85.  
    @BBCTravelScot On the move again... BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Glasgow's subway is back up and running.

     
  86.  
    08:55: Fracking pressure

    Environmental campaigners are calling on Scottish ministers to rule out fracking after moves to introduce a moratorium were rejected at Westminster. WWF Scotland say the "ball is back in the Scottish government's court".

    There has been local opposition to shale gas test wells

    Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will outline his approach in a statement this week.

    The SNP say Labour's backing of a moratorium was a "sham" - claiming a vast majority of Scottish Labour MPs abstained in last night's vote. Labour say the Scottish government's silence on the issue has been "telling".

     
  87.  
    @GLASubwayTravel Underground update

    Glasgow Subway tweets: Outer is down - continue to use inner circle. As soon as we have an anticipated time for outer services resuming we'll let you know here.

     
  88.  
    08:44: Tennis latest

    Staying with serve so far as Andy Murray takes on Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open.

    Two games each so far in the opening set.

    Fans

    Live text commentary here.

     
  89.  
    08:40: Fire death

    A woman has died after a fire in south-west Scotland.

    The 89-year-old was pulled from the burning house in Sorbie near Newton Stewart by neighbours but pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police Scotland say there will be a joint investigation with the fire service.

     
  90.  
    08:36: Focus on Citylink collapse

    A group of Scottish MPs will today question the founder of the private equity firm that bought the City Link parcel company, which collapsed at Christmas.

    City Link van outside depot

    The Scottish Affairs Committee will take evidence from Jon Moulton, the founder of Better Capital.

    The private equity firm bought City Link in 2013 for £1.

     
  91.  
    @bbctennis Meet & greet BBC Tennis

    Nick Kyrgios has just been introduced as "The Wonder from Down Under".

    Nick Kyrgios

    What would Andy Murray be? The Dunblane Dynamo?

     
  92.  
    08:27: V&A funding meeting

    The Heritage Lottery Fund meets later to discuss a request for another £4.5m for Dundee's V and A Museum.

    V&A render

    That is on top of the £8m it has already pledged.

    The cost of the building has nearly doubled and the Heritage Lottery Fund has been asked to help out.

    Last night the city council agreed to come up with more than £6m.

     
  93.  
    08:16: School re-opens Evening Express

    A school forced to close for deep cleaning on Friday as a sickness bug took hold has reopened.

    Skene Square School

    About 400 pupils at Skene Square School in Aberdeen were told to stay at home after some fell ill with the Norovirus bug.

    Eighty pre-school children and a number of staff were also off as a precaution as the school underwent a deep clean to try to prevent the bug spreading.

     
  94.  
    @bbcthomasmcg Empty feeling? Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Could the Manic Street Preachers walk by this sign without belting out their famous song?

    Motorcycle sign
     
  95.  
    08:12: NHS Borders apologises over treatment delay

    NHS Borders has apologised to patients who exceeded their treatment time guarantee (TTG) because of a "temporary error" in its data entry system.

    Borders General Hospital

    The issue affected people added to waiting lists between 2 September last year and 6 January this year.

    Some 38 out of 1,767 patients listed for treatment missed their targets - with the maximum delay 11 days.

     
  96.  
    @BBCKheredine Unbeaten record Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    In 10 matches, @andy_murray has never lost to an Australian. If that record remains intact, he'll be one match away from a fourth final here...

     
  97.  
    08:09: 'Modest' construction growth predicted

    Scotland's construction industry is expected to grow at a "considerably lower" rate than the rest of the UK over the next five years, according to a report.

    Builder

    The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts growth of 1.1% a year on average between 2015 and 2019.

    The figure compares with a rate of 2.9% in the rest of the UK.

    CITB attributed the "relatively modest" growth forecast to an expected decline in infrastructure activity from 2016.

     
  98.  
    @BBCPolliemac Exciting new chapter Pauline McLean BBC Scotland

    tweets: Boswell Book Festival expands beyond Auchinleck - main events now in Dumfries House. Programme announced in march. More @bozzyfest

     
  99.  
    07:59: What the papers say

    The Daily Record reports the campaign over young independence supporters arrested the day after the referendum.

    Newspaper front pages 27 January

    The Scottish Sun reports on preparations to deter terrorist attacks, The National features the decision not to build a large women's prison and The Scotsman reports on a UK government U-turn on fracking.

    More detail here.

     
  100.  
    07:56: Super hospital 'major step forward' BBC Radio Scotland

    Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Robert Calderwood tells Good Morning Scotland the South Glasgow University hospital is a "major step forward" for Scotland's healthcare.

    "In a UK context, the scale of the facilities and the quality of the equipment means we hope we will be able to attract some of the best specialists from across the UK to come to Glasgow and contribute to Scottish healthcare," he says.

    Crane at hospital site

    He adds: "This hospital project has benefited from the fact that the Scottish government wished to have a high quality environment but also leave a legacy for future generations so the space in this facility is significantly greater than anything I've ever been involved in."

     

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