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20 July 2009

Green Energy Can Power Scotland's Future

A major report has confirmed that renewable energy can power Scotland’s energy revolution and create enough power to export additional electricity resources. The report, which has been welcomed by local MSP Stewart Stevenson confirms that Scotland can meet domestic energy needs from renewable sources and has the potential to produce surplus green energy for export.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“This is an encouraging report and further demonstrates Scotland’s ability to lead the renewables revolution. There is welcome confirmation in this report both of Scotland’s green energy potential and our ability to generate electricity for both domestic consumption and export without costly and unwanted nuclear power stations.

“While we are on target to surpass our ambitious renewable energy targets of 31% of electricity from renewables by 2011 to build a bright and green future we must ensure we invest properly. It is unfortunate that £150 million of potential investment in Scotland’s renewables and energy industry is currently sat in a UK Government bank account through a quirk of Treasury accounting. It is time that money was released and invested in Scotland’s energy future.

“With the £10 million Saltire Prize attracting international interest in Scotland’s renewables potential and Scotland’s role in the development of a North Sea Super Grid Scotland is well places to capitalise on the jobs, investment and environmental benefit our renewable resources offer - with the release of £150 million of Scotland's money that investment could receive a major boost.”
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