As Scotland’s renewable energy output surges, the SNP Government pushes on with a £10 million fund for local projects

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In previous reports I’ve described a number of projects varying from the largest in the world to smaller local projects, all moving Scotland confidently toward not only reliable energy self-sufficiency but also massive over-production which we can export. See these examples:

Fighting Tory austerity again, the SNP Government steps in to help 100 000 small businesses, district heating schemes and small-scale hydro schemes.

 ‘The Biggest in the World!’ 270 tidal energy turbines to be installed to provide sustainable power to Scotland

Today, the Scottish Government has announced yet another fund for rural parts of Scotland to develop innovative local energy projects.

 The Minister for Business, Innovation said:

‘Our recently published draft Energy Strategy sets out our vision for 2050 for Scotland to have a modern, integrated energy system that delivers reliable, low carbon energy at affordable prices to consumers in all parts of Scotland. The low carbon and renewable energy sector has been a major driver of Scotland’s economy in recent years, supporting 43,500 jobs. Many of these are in rural areas, where we have developed expertise in solar, wave, offshore wind and tidal, as well as more established technologies such as hydro and onshore wind.’

http://news.gov.scot/news/support-for-low-carbon-rural-energy-innovations

This sort of good news seems endless these days. If you scroll down my blog you’ll see story after story on Scotland’s very optimistic future in energy production of all forms. All this and the debunking of the GERS figures make me wonder how critics can talk of a weak Scottish economy and keep a straight face. Give us the kind of control over our own affairs Denmark has and we’d soon outstrip them, in everything but pigs, with our greater natural resources.

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6 thoughts on “As Scotland’s renewable energy output surges, the SNP Government pushes on with a £10 million fund for local projects

  1. Clydebuilt March 23, 2017 / 9:05 am

    John apologies O / T Last night Scotland’s international football team played Canada ( a dull 1:1 draw). STV aired a friendly between England and Georgia. Our state broadcaster covered the Scotland game on Radio. Football is Scotland’s national sport.
    Does this happen in Wales or Northern Ireland. Does this happen in any other Country.
    What opportunities are there for young Scots to see their nation playing its national sport, if their parents do not have the correct sports package, or any sports package. What are the implications of this.

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      • Clydebuilt March 23, 2017 / 7:12 pm

        It was a shocker, As Contrary says , can’t do the independence cause any harm. Listenning to radio Scotland just now, it’s “can we get the manager sacked ” their favourite topic.
        So in addition to not broadcasting the game on the telly, they think they have the right to meddle with our team management……

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    • Contrary March 23, 2017 / 9:40 am

      I don’t watch sport, but the unfairness of coverage has been noted by those that do. I think that it is, strangely, making sports fans more aware about unfair bias in the Scottish media, though. I know it doesn’t help, but it may have a positive for independence support when people have to look elsewhere to watch what they want. What use is a national broadcaster, after all, if they never show what people want see?

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      • Clydebuilt March 23, 2017 / 7:05 pm

        Just what computation goes on in a Yoons Heid when trying to rationalise this. I’m going to stick my neck out and have a go at thinking like a Yoon , drum roll, here we go ……. ” Well we aren’t good enough to be on the telly” , “It would only lead to independence”

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  2. Contrary March 23, 2017 / 9:34 am

    In the Scottish Parliament yesterday, a Tory making his speech, Golden I think ?, said Scotland had the worst renewables record in the UK, but turned that into recycling record – biggest landfill use. I don’t understand much of what those apes say, most of it is from a parallel universe, and my memory isn’t too good, but to imply Scotland is falling behind in green policies, and that we’d be bereft without uk funding, seems fantastical to me. What planet, we ask? Did they not just cut windfarm subsidies, did the EU not just give us a chunk of money to develop renewables? His speech was a big string of lies, misinformation and of no benefit to a debate on whether or not there should be a referendum.

    I may, of course, just be confused.

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