The Scottish Affairs Committee has published the British Government’s response to its inquiry into the renewable energy in Scotland, in which the UK energy department says that there is a significant pipeline of new wind power coming forward in Scotland. He said: “Looking forward, we expect significant further deployment in Scotland over the coming years. The majority of onshore wind projects that qualified for the Renewables Obligation early closure grace period are expected be in Scotland, as are 10 of the 15 onshore wind projects that were successfully allocated a CFD.
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THE UK Government has been told it is guilty of “worrying complacency” over the future of the renewable energy industry. Pete Wishart, chairman of the House of Commons’ Scottish affairs committee, said ministers have failed to respond to concerns about the impact changes to subsidies will have on future development plans. The SNP MP urged the UK Government to do more to work with representatives of the industry and the Scottish Government to help develop the green energy sector. Wishart’s call came after the committee asked ministers to make clear their future support after decisions such as the early closure of the Renewables Obligation scheme to onshore wind projects. Industry body Scottish Renewables has previously warned this could cost Scotland up to £3 billion in lost investment and put 5,400 jobs at risk. But in the UK Government’s response to the committee’s report, Energy Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe said “significant further deployment” is expected in Scotland over the coming years. She said: “The deployment of renewables in Scotland continues to rise, driven by the support received as a result of UK Government policies.” Figures from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show total deployment of renewables in Scotland stood at more than 7.7 gigawatts (GW) in 2015, a rise of six per cent on 2014 and 57 per cent higher than in 2008. Wishart claimed the response from the Government showed “a worrying complacency”. He added: “They are right to recognise the strong performance of Scotland’s renewable sector, but they have not responded to the voices of those in the industry who have told us that they are facing an uncertain future.”We are told that everything is fine, but where are the reassurances to the renewable sector that the support will be there to encourage the development of new plants and new technologies? Where is the investment in infrastructure? “They have provided us with a tacit admission that they think onshore wind has reached its limit. Let us hope that is not their view of the industry as a whole. “Scotland has been way ahead of the rest of the United Kingdom when it comes to renewable energy. The Government should be celebrating this and doing everything it can to ensure this success continues into the future, not cutting support and reducing confidence.”
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