From SNP Media today:
New research has revealed that Scotland’s green energy sector contributes £5.2billion every year to the economy and employs 22,000 people, but previous studies have shown the Tories are holding back Scotland’s renewables industry with extortionate costs.
The research by the Fraser of Allander Institute shows that the renewables sector produces 97% of Scotland’s electricity and is a ‘vital part of Scotland’s economy’ by supporting jobs in other industries such as construction and manufacturing.
However, Tory energy policies are holding the industry back by charging astronomical prices for companies to access the infrastructure needed to distribute the energy they produce. This opens the UK market to importing cheaper energy from Europe, jeopardising thousands of jobs in Scotland.
A study earlier this month by Renewables UK showed how energy producers in Scotland face the highest charges in Europe to access the National Grid and to export to Europe, with the north of Scotland facing a £7.33/MWh charge whilst a number of European countries pay a fraction of that or nothing at all.
Commenting, SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop said:
“Scotland’s renewables sector is one of the best in the world. It makes an enormous contribution to our economy every single year and will form a vital part of our transition to net zero – we are already making significant progress as nearly all of our energy is produced from green sources.
“It is extremely encouraging to see from this report that 22,000 jobs are already supported in the industry, with a further 5,200 jobs in construction and manufacturing.
“However, the progress of Scotland’s industry is being held back by the Tories and their extortionate costs for transmission of energy both within the UK and in export to other European countries, some of whom face no charge at all to produce energy in their own countries and then export it.
“Scotland’s renewables sector is thriving, and is growing, but it faces a threat from the Tories and their astronomical costs to access the grid and distribute its energy supplies to consumers.”