Commenting on Scotland’s ‘booming’ energy industries, Ed Davey said that while Scotland will make its own decision on independence, this would have economic costs and consequences, while a continuing UK would help the country ‘go greener quicker’.
He said:” As part of the United Kingdom, Scotland is fast becoming an energy powerhous – one of the world’s energy hubs. And this is being achieved precisely because Scotland is part of the United Kingdom.
“As I have said here in Scotland many times before, I have no doubt that with the talents of the people, and the natural resources of the land, Scotland could make a go of it alone.
“A third of all renewable generation in the UK is now in Scotland. And the pipeline is looking very healthy. My Department’s planning database shows that Scottish renewables projects set to power a further 4.3 million homes (5GW), have been approved – worth around £4 billion and supporting over 4,000 jobs.
“And further Scottish renewables projects are currently in the planning system have the potential to serve up enough electricity to power another 8 million homes (9.7GW) – worth over £10bn, supporting almost 8,000 jobs.
“I’ve been able to boast with my European colleagues about how the UK has become Europe’s renewable investment hotspot and many on the continent are casting envious glances our way.
“I am convinced that we can meet the ambition of the Scottish Government, one that I fervently share, for renewables sources to meet 100% of Scottish electricity consumption by 2020.”