ENERGY bosses have accused the Scottish Government of “empty rhetoric” on renewables as a business rates row continues. Hydro power made up almost one fifth of the country’s renewable electricity output last year. Almost 500 small-scale schemes are in place, many of which are in rural and remote communities. While the developments had benefited from UK Government incentives to boost the industry, this has now changed, prompting fears about the sustainability of the sector. Meanwhile, a Scottish Government relief scheme has been set up to reduce business rates by 60% in the wake of two increases in recent years that have pushed costs up to three times higher than those for small wind projects. But that scheme isn’t permanent and doesn’t apply to all operations.
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