Wilson welcomes renewable energy targets for Scotland

UK Energy Minister Brian Wilson today gave a cautious welcome to the targets set by the Scottish Executive for renewable energy generation in Scotland.

UK Energy Minister Brian Wilson today welcomed the targets set by the Scottish Executive for renewable energy generation in Scotland but warned that they would only be met through ‘a united commitment to removing the barriers that exist.’

‘Scotland has massive renewables potential but much of it is in places which currently lack the necessary links to the grid,’ said Mr Wilson. ‘That is why I have asked companies to work with government to produce a set of recommendations which will result in the whole of Scotland being able to make its contribution.’

Mr Wilson said that it would be wrong to associate renewables with hydropower and wind alone, although they are at present the only two significant contributors.

He said: ‘My own department is putting a lot of money into the development of wave and tidal technologies which have been talked of for a long time but so far have yielded few commercial results. I am confident, however, that we will soon make that breakthrough.

The government expects to create a £2 billion a year market for renewable energy by 2010. The main driver for this will be the Renewables Obligation, which will require electricity suppliers to source ten per cent of their electricity from renewable sources.

In addition a £260 million support programme has been provided over the next three years of which £64 million is going towards wind energy.