Monday 29 June 2015

Scotland to hold emergency onshore wind summit

Scotland to hold emergency onshore wind summit

The Scottish Government is planning on hosting an emergency onshore wind summit in early July.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will meet experts in the renewable sector to discuss the effect of the UK Government’s decision to end onshore wind support.

DECC announced its intention to close the Renewables Obligation (RO) for onshore wind from April 2016. The Scottish industry claimed the decision "could cost £3 billion of investment".

Mr Ewing will speak to experts about their concerns and inform Energy Secretary Amber Rudd in their next meeting.

He said: “The Scottish Government strongly disagrees with this decision which was made without our consent and will have such a negative impact on a key sector of the Scottish economy. The proposals have a disproportionate impact on Scotland as around 70% of onshore wind projects in the UK planning system are here.

"Scotland accounts for around a third of total UK renewables generation. This makes the recent decision by the UK Government to end the RO next year even more regrettable.

“The Scottish Government remains committed to the renewable sector and to achieving our target of 100% of our electricity demand through renewables by 2020 and the onshore wind sector is a significant part of that.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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