Thursday, 09 July 2021 09:33

Energy Minister meets with businesses to find Renewables Obligation solution

Energy Minister meets with businesses to find Renewables Obligation solution

Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, will meet with 130 businesses and communities in Glasgow today in order to hear about the impact of the closure of the Renewables Obligation.

Last month the UK Government announced that the subsidy scheme for onshore wind farms would end in 2016, rather than the previously-announced 2017.

Members of the renewables industry claimed the decision could cost £3billion of investment in Scotland, while the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Scotland) said it will put as many as 3,000 full-time jobs at risk, particularly in remote area where alternative employment is hard to find.

The meeting today will allow the sector to voice their concerns on the impact the decision will have on projects and the supply chain in Scotland.

Speaking before the meeting, Fergus Ewing said: “We fundamentally disagree with the UK Government’s decision to prematurely end support under the Renewables Obligation for the onshore wind sector and today’s meeting is an opportunity to hear about the impact this will have.

“This is exactly the sort of meeting the UK Government should have held before making their announcement which ignored the concerns of many businesses, organisations and communities across Scotland.

“There are many communities and companies who have invested significant amounts of money in renewables schemes and have now found the goal posts have been move, putting crucial investment and jobs at risk.

“I am keen to listen to their concerns, understand the impact and continue to work together in making representations to the UK Government.”

Patricia Hawthorn, Chairman of industry body Scottish Renewables, will open the event in Glasgow with the Scottish Energy Minister.

She said: “We welcome the opportunity for our onshore wind industry members to engage with the Scottish Government in seeking constructive solutions to this very serious issue.”

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