The SNP Energy spokesman in the House of Commons has called on British energy minister to explain the government’s ‘continued lack of action’ to support renewable energy investment.
In a letter to the Greg Clarke, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, Callum McCaig, MP (Aberdeen South) said that the SNP is determined to see Scotland’s renewable sector flourish – despite the UK Government’s abolition of the Energy and Climate Change Department – and the continuing uncertainty of Brexit and a devastating reduction in investment in the sector.
Callum McCaig also pointed to the UK Government’s lack of response to several requests for clarification from the SNP Scottish Government over an ‘array of key issues‘ on Scotland’s renewable sector – which still await a response.
He added; “We have been disappointed by the distinct lack of willingness from the UK Government to view renewable energy as part of a robust industrial strategy thus far.
“The UK holds immense potential to develop a green energy approach that would create economic prosperity, generate high skilled jobs, produce vast swaths of investment opportunities, and encourage a thriving industry. “Years of ideologically driven, economically counterproductive austerity measures have undeniably deterred investors to this key industry, and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has created further uncertainty.
“The devastating predicted drop of 95% of renewable investment between 2017 and 2020 should be a wake-up call that action must be taken as a matter of urgency to secure a thriving future for this dynamic sector.
“This news follows the continued insecurity of the future of the Green Investment Bank, which is also of major concern to the SNP.
‘’The UK government has a shameful record on this and Brexit has plunged the UK energy market into further uncertainty. This, after years of austerity measures, cuts and u-turns on investment and with recent figures showing that renewable investment could face a 95% drop between 2017 and 2020 – it is absolutely clear that the time to act is now.”