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Interconnectors to Islands (Socioeconomic Benefits)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 27th May 2015.

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Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

That is not an overstatement. To put it differently, without continued expansion of the renewable energy output in Scotland, the UK will have great difficulty in meeting its climate change targets. In fact, some might argue that it would be impossible for the UK to do so.

We need a balanced mix of electricity generation and supply, but we believe that harnessing the islands’ potential in renewables is essential. Generally speaking, the islands are the best place for wind energy, as well as being the home of marine energy—wave and tidal power.

All in all, I am hopeful that the constructive work that took place with the previous Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, will continue with Amber Rudd. We are totally committed to working in a constructive fashion to deliver a solution that will release our islands’ enormous potential.