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Dundee MSPs comment on audit report on renewables

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Dundee’s MSPs have welcomed an Audit Scotland report on Renewable Energy, which praises the Scottish Government’s

Dundee’s MSPs have welcomed an Audit Scotland report on Renewable Energy, which praises the Scottish Government’s ‘steady progress’ on meeting its 2020 renewable energy targets, but they have condemned the UK Government’s delay in implementing its new Energy policy, specifically in announcing its feed-in tariffs.

Shona Robison, Dundee City East MSP said: “I welcome this report which shows that the Scottish Government is making steady progress on meeting its 2020 renewables targets. It also praises Scotland’s strategy for renewable as a ‘good example of clear leadership and direction’.

“However, the Report is also clear that the continuing delay by the UK Government on its Energy Bill and in announcing its feed-in tariffs has contributed to stagnation in investment with no investment proceeding anywhere.

“On a recent visit to Dundee, the Scottish Secretary made vague promises that the renewable investment and jobs were on the way, and I am aware that Dundee City Council is pursuing that issue with him.

“The city is poised to benefit from the sector when things start moving.

“Dundee is listed in ‘Scotland’s National Renewable Infrastructure Plan’ today as a strategic site for offshore wind turbine manufacturing and construction operations.

“I’ve seen estimates that over £15 billion could be spent on the offshore wind sector in the preferred locations, including Dundee, over the next five years and can help Scotland to develop a globally competitive renewable energy sector.”

Dundee West MSP Joe FitzPatrick said: “For companies to invest in the offshore renewable sector they need to have clarity over energy prices, tariffs and costs and the stagnation is entirely the fault of the UK Government who have control over energy policy.

“Dundee’s facilities are superlative and offer many options which can be used to give Dundee huge opportunities in the renewables sector.

“Scottish Enterprise  recognise Dundee’s huge natural advantages and have designated the port a key location for offshore wind suppliers.

“Not only is Dundee one of the most established and largest import and export hubs for bulk products in Scotland, it benefits from easy access facilities and has the huge advantage of a number of potential sites within the 100 acres, for new build developments.

“The city is ready to take advantage of this exciting new sector once the UK Government clarifies its policy. That is long overdue.”

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