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News round-up 25/8

Renewables head Scottish investment; Power cut after RCV accident; Suez facility evacuated; Facebook row over ‘Freecycle’

Renewables head Scottish investment

The Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) has invested £66.5m into 155 Scottish companies in the past year, 54% of which were renewable projects, and attracted a £99m of private sector investment.

SIB, the investment arm of Scotland’s main economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, said the level of investment in 2014-15 was more than double on the prior year.

SIB chief executive Kerry Sharp, above, said its Renewable Energy Investment Fund created long-term benefits for Scotland “bringing us closer to our ambition of delivering on the opportunities associated with a low carbon economy”.

Daily Record

Power cut after RCV accident

Homes in the Ash Vale area of Guildford were left without power after a refuse collection lorry crashed into a telegraph pole and brought lines down.

The area was cordoned off while a crane removed the 15ft pole on Momday morning (24 August).

Firefighters said the driver and passenger of the lorry received electric shocks when getting out, but were both unharmed.

Get Surrey

Suez facility evacuated

Suez’ recycling facility in Benedict Wharf in Mitcham, was evacuated briefly when a loading-shovel vehicle burst into flames.

Fire officers extinguished the flames in a few minutes, a company spokesman said.

No-one was injured and the fire did not spread beyond the vehicle during the incident on Friday 21 August.

Your Local Guardian

Facebook row over ‘Freecycle’

A recycling group has lost more than 8,000 members after its Facebook page apparently fell foul of copyright laws.

Administrators of Cambridge Freecycle found the page had disappeared on 19 August, following complaints of copyright violation due to its use of the word ‘Freecycle’.

Originally founded in 2003 to curb landfill waste in Tuscon, Arizona, The Freecycle Network has spread to more than 85 countries and won the right to trademark its key word in 2012.

Cambridge News

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