Orkney MSP calls on UK and Scots governments to work together on islands’ renewable energy

LiamMcArthurMSP20110510The MSP for Orkney has called on the Scots and UK Governments to get together in an early meeting to discuss support for the development of renewable energy plants in the islands.

Liam McArthur – who is also the Scottish Energy spokesman for the Liberal-Democrats – made his call during a parliamentary debate in Holyrood on proposed UK energy market reforms

He said: “As Mr Ewing (the Scottish Energy Minister) himself acknowledged, his relationship with his UK counterparts has been positive and constructive to date.  In the interests of our renewables sector, that must remain the case.

“One area where there has been particularly close working between both Scotland’s governments is in addressing the challenges facing renewables developers in our islands, including Orkney.

“Unlocking this potential is vital to the UK and Scotland achieving their renewables and climate change targets.  To achieve it, we will need less grandstanding and a renewed commitment to take forward discussions in a meaningful and less strident fashion.”



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