The SNP is today highlighting a new expert report showing how Westminster energy policy is disadvantaging Scotland’s renewables industry – and is calling on the UK Government to commit to future onshore wind subsidies and end the uncertainty they are causing the industry.
The EY report finds that the attractiveness of investing in renewable energy in the UK has been “marred” by conflicting messages – as well as “nervousness” around the EU referendum.
Commenting, SNP MSP Mike Mackenzie said:
“This report is a timely reminder of the damage uncertainty caused by the UK Government’s mixed messages can have on Scotland’s renewables industry – and highlights the need for real action to support this important part of our economy.
“Scotland has incredible opportunities to be a world leader in a range of renewable technologies which provide clean, sustainable power which we simply must capitalise on.
“The UK Government needs to immediately re-consider its wrong-headed priorities and end their damaging period of uncertainty– and confirm the future of onshore wind support which is so important to Scotland’s renewables industry.
“It’s vital that the UK Government now take immediate steps to ensure that Scotland’s onshore wind sector gets the support it needs and deserves to allow the industry to continue to invest in jobs, create clean energy and tackle climate change.”
The report can be found here: http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2015/06/11/ey-eu-referendum-and-energy-policy-puts-uk-in-8th-place-for-renewable-investment/