The SNP is demanding that the UK government commits to a long-term renewable energy plan in order to support investment in the sector after Brexit – as a leading industry expert warned that Tory policy was putting at risk a potential “golden age” for the renewables industry.
The concerns were raised by Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of Energy UK, who said that 10 different changes in policy over the past year were undermining confidence in the sector, whilst the Renewable Energy Association has also highlighted 15 “negative” changes made recently by the UK government.
This has led to the SNP calling for greater certainty when it comes to renewable investment.
SNP MSP Ash Denham, who sits on both the Economy committee and the Europe Committee at Holyrood, said: “These warnings from both of the British renewable energy industry’s main bodies must be heeded by the Tory government – with it becoming abundantly clear that their policies are damaging confidence in a sector on the cusp of a ‘golden age’.
“The issues and uncertainty arising from the British Independence vote in favour of leaving the EU-bloc are only adding to the instability in the sector. We’ve recently seen the impact of Tory infighting in preventing the UK from signing up to a key EU-led pledge on offshore wind that would have been vital in supporting Scotland’s renewables sector.
“The UK government is prepared to sacrifice Scotland’s interests by instead focusing on their own internal party squabbles – propagated by the those on the right of the Tory party who harbour an ideological hatred of renewable energy. But these attitudes risk damaging jobs and investment across the country, higher energy prices for consumers and failing in our global obligation to transition to a green energy future.
“The Tories must set out a clear plan for the renewables sector and end the continuing uncertainty that causes nothing but damage to our renewables industry.”
Meanwhile, after 12 months of supporting the business as ‘acting’ Director of Due Diligence, Giles Dearden has been appointed as Natural Power’s permanent international leader in this position.
Last year, Natural Power’s international due diligence business grew by more than 40%, which included the delivery of six offshore wind due diligence exercises.