Scottish Renewables backs calls for onshore wind certainty
23 July 2012
In response to a letter from the First Minister, Alex Salmond, calling on the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey to give the onshore wind industry certainty over its future, Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:
“Onshore wind is the cheapest form of renewable energy that can be deployed at the scale we need today, and we want to work with government to support the industry’s growth and to make it even more competitive.
“However, the delays from UK government on announcing the new banding of financial support for onshore wind are creating huge uncertainty within the sector and concern over its future.
“The Department of Energy and Climate Change has proposed to cut support for onshore wind by ten per cent in line with expert evidence – we’ve seen nothing to contradict that proposal and it is now time for the government to make a decision so the industry can start planning for the future.
“The continued delay to the announcement of the final decision is damaging confidence and is throwing up another question over the Prime Minister’s commitment to lead the greenest government ever.
“We welcome the Scottish Government’s intention to provide 0.9 ROCs for onshore wind and we look forward to reading the details around that announcement in due course.”