Scottish Minister and MPs support marine energy industry’s call for role in Industrial Strategy
23 February 2017
Posted by: RenewableUK
Innovative clean-tech companies in Scotland are highlighted in a new report on wave and tidal energy being published today at the marine power industry’s biggest annual gathering, RenewableUK’s Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in London.
The new report, “Ocean Energy Race”, calls for wave and tidal power to be included in the Government’s Industrial Strategy. It highlights the latest developments in this cutting-edge sector and demonstrates the value of the marine energy industry to the UK in terms of regional economic growth - providing jobs and attracting millions of pounds in investment. The report features four “clusters” across the UK which are benefitting most from marine investment, including the Highland and Islands, alongside Wales, the South West of England, the Isle of Wight and the Solent.
Among the companies in the spotlight from Scotland is Atlantis Resources, which is already generating power from the world’s first large-scale tidal array – the MeyGen project in Pentland Firth. The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney is highlighted as a leading global test centre at the forefront of innovation. Orkney’s local fishing industry is now supporting companies testing there. Scotrenewables Tidal Power has installed one of the world’s biggest tidal stream turbines - a powerful 2 megawatt device - at EMEC.
The Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse MSP is addressing the conference. The Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney & Shetland Alistair Carmichael, and the SNP Westminster Group Leader for Energy and Climate Change Callum McCaig MP (Aberdeen South) are also speaking at the event.
RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Hugh McNeal said: “The UK is the global leader in wave and tidal energy. This is a cutting-edge industry creating much-needed jobs in the Highlands and Islands and throughout Scotland. It will grow worldwide with opportunities to export our technology across the globe from the US to Taiwan, and across Europe to South East Asia.
“But other countries, such as China and Canada, are eyeing our innovative industry enviously, seeking to capitalise on the hard-won progress already made in British waters. We don’t want our groundwork to lead to their success. The UK must win the international Ocean Energy Race so that this country can reap the economic benefits of marine energy.
It’s vital that the Government recognises that wave and tidal power is transforming coastal communities around the UK, including those in the Highlands and Islands. Marine energy can become a key modern industrial sector. To make this happen, we’re urging Ministers to include wave and tidal power in their Industrial Strategy. We can deliver fresh energy infrastructure on a massive scale, building on Britain’s proud maritime tradition and creating a new clean-tech energy sector”.
For further information, please contact:
· Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, 0207 901 3012 or 07792 463 445
· Robert Norris, Head of Communications, 0207 901 3013 or 07969 229913 Robert.Norris@RenewableUK.com
· Adam Wentworth, Communications Officer, 0207 901 3038 or 07791 702702 Adam.Wentworth@RenewableUK.com
More details about RenewableUK’s 13th annual Wave & Tidal Energy Conference & Exhibition at the QEII Centre in Westminster on Thursday 23rd February (9-5pm) can be found here.
“Ocean Energy Race - The UK’s inside track” will be formally launched at the Conference and available here
RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association.