Scotland not getting the jobs it deserves from renewables boom?

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From reader Legerwood:

On the topic of renewables. It is certainly good news but I wonder if Scotland is getting maximum advantage in terms of jobs particularly in manufacturing from this sector? Its seems that across the renewable sector whether wind, marine or tidal Scotland’s efforts seem to be stymied at every turn. A few examples:

RSPB in Scotland delaying offshore windfarms via courts. RSPB has opposed every offshore windfarm proposal in Scotland and delayed them massively

https://reaction.life/rspb-trying-block-offshore-windfarms/

Scotland also seems to be missing out on jobs in this sector for example in the manufacturing of turbines etc.

2012 Gamesa (Spanish) and wind turbine manufacturing plant in Leith
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/mar/23/gamesa-offshore-windfarm

2012 Areva (French)
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/nov/19/areva-wind-turbine-factory-scotland

Then in 2014 these companies announced they were discussing a joint venture which would mean 1 plant in Scotland and thus a reduction in jobs etc.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-25818347

Long story short, the Gamesa Arriva joint venture did not happen. Gamesa went into partnership with Siemens and they built the plant in Hull – £310 million and 1000 jobs.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-25818347

Isle of Wight shipyards have also benefitted from contracts to build windfarm service vessels.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-25818347

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9 thoughts on “Scotland not getting the jobs it deserves from renewables boom?

  1. Bugger (the Panda) December 22, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Scotland was neck and neck in the race to develop wind power,

    Needed Government support and Thatcher chose to back gas.

    More and quicker profits for her pals.

    Fuck the economic benefits and employment plus.

    Only money talks with Tories.

    Everything is a cash flow decision only

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    • Bugger (the Panda) December 22, 2018 / 9:24 am

      First line should include with Denmark”

      Xmas party in local pub yesterday lunchtime, afternoon and evening 3 Scots 1 displaced Yorkshire man via Sunderland and loads of Belgians some Dutch and French

      Sang Proclaimers songs to the bemusement of the furriners

      Da ri da da , da ri da da

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    • Contrary December 22, 2018 / 10:43 am

      Haha, good times Panda!

      Only money talks indeed, here’s a take on capitalism that I liked
      https://campbellmartin.blogspot.com/2018/12/bought-and-sold-for-corporate-gold.html

      It’s funny how ‘capitalism’ has gone from being an extreme-end economic ideology to something that seems to be accepted as the norm – with the only alternative being ‘communism’. I was horrified when I heard these opinions first expressed, with the person having no clue as to what communism is (they’d meant socialism) and the bizarre idea that there was nothing in between! Capitalism has been sold to us, against our best interests.

      And aye, Westminster continues to ensure that industry ready to settle in Scotland is actively taken away to England – the competitive market? When your own government, with all its massive resources, is actively working against you, not much competition there methinks.

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  2. BSA December 22, 2018 / 11:46 am

    You are presenting, not for the first time, the RSPB as part of some British attack on Scottish renewables with no discussion of why the RSPB has opposed individual offshore wind farm proposals. The RSPB strongly supports renewables in the right place and any opposition is on a case by case basis and based on sound scientific and legal arguments relating largely to European Directives. If you are going to comment on their position then you need to deal with the substance of these cases. Simply falling into line with the public pressure put on the RSPB by those with business and employment interests in the offshore Fife proposals does not address the potentially catastrophic effects of these proposals on very large seabird and migratory bird populations. ‘Jobs versus birds’ is a very simplistic and outdated perspective when it comes to conserving all aspects of our environment.

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  3. Legerwood December 23, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    Mea culpa. So predictive text does not have O grade Latin, who knew

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