SNP MSPs have today welcomed further ‘outstanding’ figures showing the strength of Scotland’s renewable energy sector – and repeated calls for this progress not to be put at risk by the ‘reckless’ actions of the Tories in government.
Figures published by WWF Scotland for June 2015 show that output from wind energy alone in Scotland increased by 120% based on figures from the previous year – supplying enough energy to meet the electrical needs of 70% of Scottish households and for 33% of Scotland’s entire electricity needs for the month.
In June 2015 wind turbines in Scotland provided 620,144MWh of electricity to the National Grid which is enough to supply, on average, the electrical needs of 70% of Scottish households (1.7 million homes) –an increase of 120% compared to that of June 2014, when wind energy provided 281,735MWh.
SNP MSP Mike Mackenzie (Highlands and Islands) has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament condemning the UK Government’s cut to the subsidy for onshore wind energy paid through the Renewables Obligation which has now achieved cross-party support.
Mackenzie said: “These outstanding new figures are a welcome demonstration of the strength of Scotland’s renewables industry, showing the incredible strides Scotland is making in producing clean, sustainable energy – and showing the vital role green energy can play in meeting our energy needs.
“This is exactly why the UK Government’s decision to cut onshore wind subsidies funded through the Renewables Obligation is so dangerous – which could see a loss of investment of up to £3 billion, put more than 5,000 jobs at risk and put at risk the excellent progress Scotland has made on renewables in recent years.
“Today’s figures show that Scotland has a real opportunity to be a world leader on renewable energy – and this excellent progress must not be put at risk by the reckless approach of a Tory government with scant regard for Scotland’s interests.”