Open Letter to Patricia Hawthorn, Chairman, Scottish Renewables

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Scottish Energy Minister and Scottish Energy Association voice fears for 5,000 jobs in Scottish renewables –

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Scottish Energy News aims to support and promote the energy sector for the economic good of the nation – whether that be in oil, coal, gas, nuclear, shale – or renewables.Our credo is to be independent, impartial and non-partisan.

By communicating to a wider opinion-forming audience of MPs in Holyrood and Westminster, Scottish Energy News also helps the Scottish energy industry to consider and resolve issues.

So it is curious that Scottish Renewables alone – an organisation and an industry that needs all the help it can now get in the face of a possible extinction-level threat – persists in excluding Scottish Energy News from industry conferences and seminars.

ONLY Scottish Renewables – alone of all similar trade and industry bodies (including its own ‘big sister’ body in England, RenewablesUK) – persists in charging Scottish Energy News to attend such events (when other media organisations are not required to make any such payments)

This is not conducive to making friends and influencing people. Indeed, it is building an artificial barrier and ‘bunker mentality’ among some officials at Scottish Renewables – in the same way that some football clubs in England have done by banning reporters from covering their team’s matches.

The rest of the energy world is not ‘against renewables’.

As my local Kirk minister says about Catholics and Protestants (and all other faiths):

‘There is far more that unites us than divides us’.


Mark R Whittet, Executive Director, Scottish Energy News Mark R Whittet (LLB, BA)

Executive Director

Scottish Energy News


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