Posted on: 02/02/2016
The House of Commons’ Scottish Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the effects that the UK Government’s cuts to renewable energy subsidies will have Scotland.
The committee highlighted that the nation had attracted more than £1 billion of renewables investment during 2013 and that 21,000 people were employed in the sector north of the Border.
It said that changes to funding mechanisms would have a “disproportionate” effect on Scotland when compared with the rest of the UK.
Pete Wishart, the SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire and Chair of the committee, said: “Now that the UK Government has made it clear that it will not allocate future subsidy to onshore wind, we want to assess the potential impact that these cuts to public funding will have on the industry, to investor confidence and to the Scottish economy.”
Scotland Office’s role
Wishart added: “We also want to see what role the Scotland Office is playing in representing the interests of Scottish people and those working in renewables who might be affected by these issues.
“Additionally, we want to see if the aspirations of the sector will deliver the level of carbon savings required to meet future carbon budgets.
“It is possible that reduced support for the sector might put the UK’s ambitions to meet green energy targets at risk.”