‘Scotland matters a lot to us, and as the First Minister put it in her speech, we matter for Scotland,” says Vincent De Rivaz. The chief executive of EDF Energy was in the Scottish capital to join First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last Tuesday as she opened a centre in Edinburgh for EDF Energy Renewables – the 50:50 joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewables arm of the French-based group. Sturgeon acknowledged that EDF Energy Renewables has “built strong relationships with Scottish industry – making a commitment to use towers manufactured in Scotland by CS Wind UK, using local supply chain companies wherever possible, and developing renewables in areas like the Western Isles”. By setting up in Edinburgh, the centre sits alongside other trailblazers in the renewables sector, such as Atlantis Resources, whose chief executive Tim Cornelius has laid claim to “the world’s most high-profile tidal stream project” with its pioneering MeyGen venture, which started generating power in November. Atlantis last week welcomed the Energy Technology Institute’s findings that tidal-stream generation will soon compete with other low-carbon energy sources on cost.
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