Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon today warns about a number of threats to renewable energies after Brexit – three months after these issues were highlighted at the Renewables After Brexit conference held at Dundee University by her predecessor Alex Salmond.
She said: “If we are taken out of the single market, it will hinder our supply chain and reduce our skills base.
“If we are outside the internal energy market it could affect our influence on issues such as energy regulation and cross-border energy flows, something which is of increasing importance.
“And, arguably more damaging to our ambitions, we could also lose access to EU funding.
“Scotland has benefited from one of the biggest investments ever made by the European Investment Bank – the £500 million of funding they provided for the Beatrice offshore windfarm. Scotland has also done disproportionately well from EU support for research and innovation in the renewables sector. We want that to continue.
“Although the overall outlook for this sector is hugely positive, we need the UK Government to provide clarity on these points. A hard Brexit could potentially cause harm to our supply chain and skills base; our influence on big decisions on issues such as regulation and energy flows; and our access to funding.”
Conversely, she said, these are reasons why Scotland remain in the EU.
Salmond warns of ‘huge’ Brexit threat to Scotland’s renewable energy sector