Holyrood energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has called on the UK Government to match Scotland’s commitment to renewables. Mr Wheelhouse insisted the Scottish Government has a “strong” record on supporting the green energy sector but said there was a “need to question the UK Government’s commitment to renewables”. Some 14,000 people are employed in “highly-skilled jobs” in the industry, which produced a turnover of £5.4 billion in 2014. The Scottish Government’s draft energy strategy, to be published next week, will build on the commitment of SNP ministers to renewable energy, Mr Wheelhouse said. He urged the UK Government to adopt a similar stance by putting investment in renewables at the “very heart” of its forthcoming industrial strategy. “Scotland has a pipeline of consented projects awaiting final investment decisions. I would like to see these projects, which would provide hundreds of millions of pounds of engineering and construction activity, developed at the earliest opportunity and at the lowest cost to the consumer. “We now need the UK Government to ensure projects have a route to market and remove the uncertainty around timing and eligibility across sectors, including Remote Island Wind, onshore wind, wave and tidal, while there is no price stabilisation mechanism for pumped hydro storage energy as yet either.
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