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Renewables debate must move on

December 12, 2011 2:40 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has said that renewables are a vital part of Scotland and the UK's energy future and the "tired old debate" over the targets that have been set must stop.

Liam McArthur MSPLiam McArthur MSPCommenting on two reports out today which consider Scotland's renewable energy future, Mr McArthur said:

"Scotland's natural resources, as well as our academic and industrial expertise give us a real competitive advantage in driving forward the green energy sector.

"The targets that have been set are undoubtedly challenging, but they are also achievable. Indeed, the Powering Scotland report adds further weight to the belief that achieving these targets is in Scotland's long term interests economically, environmentally and socially.

"It is disappointing that The Adam Smith Institute report, in seeking to talk down the potential for renewable energy in this country, has chosen to ignore the hidden subsidies supporting other forms of power generation. As a more realistic price is attached to the cost of producing carbon, however, the playing field will become more level.

"Working with industry, Scottish Ministers need to set out clearly how their renewables objectives can be reached. However, little is served in the meantime by a constant reheating of this tired out debate."