Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager at industry body Scottish Renewables, said: “With records broken for all our major renewable energy technologies – hydro, solar pv, biomass and wind – 2014 was the best year ever for green energy in Scotland."
Scottish Renewables responds to the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s Scottish Progress Report 2015
More than seven in ten Scottish adults (71%) polled last month (February 2015) said they supported the continued development of wind power as part of our energy mix, compared to 64% in February 2013. The independent survey conducted by YouGov, and commissioned for industry body Scottish Renewables, comes as figures reveal the capacity of onshore wind in Scotland rose by 20% in the same time period.
Patricia Hawthorn, Partner at UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, has been appointed Chairman of the renewables body while Gordon MacDougall, Managing Director, Western Europe at global renewable developer RES, has been appointed Vice-Chairman.
Scotland’s renewables industry received a welcome boost this morning with one of the country’s offshore wind projects allocated funding for the next 15 years, and support announced for a number of onshore wind farms.
Lindsay Leask, Senior Policy Manager, Offshore Wind & Marine at Scottish Renewables, said: “Today’s announcement on the funding to be allocated to Wave Energy Scotland comes as a welcome sign of the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to the sector, particularly after a recent challenging period."
Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, which represents 330 companies working in green energy in Scotland, hailed today’s investment announcement as “proof that renewables offer an incredible opportunity for communities across Scotland, as well as valuable returns on private investment” – but warned dark days may lie ahead for the hydro sector.
Talk of long-term funding certainty dominated the agenda item at Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind and Supply Chain Conference last week, as the sector stands poised for the results of CfD deliberations this month.
Businesses from across Europe will flock to the city on January 27 and 28 to discuss hot topics like the Contracts for Difference funding regime, cutting-edge technology innovations and the huge amount of post-consent work still to be undertaken.
Jenny McLaren, Director of Fife business The Natural Energy Company, said: “The need to apply for planning consent creates a timescale which is a real barrier to homeowners considering a heat pump instead of fossil fuel boiler."