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