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McArthur calls for wave energy debate

January 13, 2015 9:06 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Orkney MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Energy spokesman, Liam McArthur has called on SNP Ministers to allow the Scottish Parliament an opportunity to debate the future of wave energy.

There has been no government statement or debate on this issue, despite growing concerns about what the future holds for this important part of the marine renewables sector.

At Topical Questions on 25 November, Mr McArthur sought answers from the Scottish Government on the back of the announcement by Pelamis Wave Power that it was going into administration. Since then, Aquamarine Power has also announced major job losses.

Commenting Mr McArthur said:

"It is scarcely credible that since news broke of Pelamis going into administration, the Scottish Government has not found time to schedule a single debate or statement on the future of the wave energy sector in Scotland. Had it been the UK rather than the Scottish Government who pulled funding from Pelamis, I suspect we would not have had to wait so long.

"These are worrying and uncertain times for those involved in the sector, many of whom have lost their jobs. The sector needs to be reassured that they remain a priority for Scottish Ministers and for the parliament as a whole. Yet, despite repeated requests, the SNP seem reluctant to bring this issue to the parliament for consideration.

"I have no doubt that wave technology has an important part to play in Scotland's renewables future. These are challenging times, however. It would be unfair to expect Scottish Ministers to have all the answers at this stage, but Scotland deserves a Parliament and a Government which will take these challenges seriously, and discuss them openly."