Scottish Energy Minister urges UK Government to include wave and tidal power in Industrial Strategy
23 February 2017
Posted by: RenewableUK
The Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse MSP has called for marine energy to be included in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.
Addressing RenewableUK’s Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in London, the marine energy’s biggest annual event, Mr Wheelhouse said:
“Scotland’s wave and tidal sectors are already having a positive impact on the Scottish economy, bringing innovation, inward investment and skilled jobs”.
“I very much hope that the UK Government takes the opportunity to clarify its commitment to renewables in its final industrial strategy.
“The UK Government must put an end to uncertainty: we need ‘sector deals’ for our wind and marine energy industries to provide vital routes to market and to allow new technologies to continue to achieve economies of scale through application of the technology in the field.
Mr Wheelhouse also announced that Scotland has led a successful bid by a consortium of 8 nations and regions for £14.3 million in funding for marine energy companies and research institutions from the Ocean Energy European Research Area Network Cofund. It will support collaborative Research & Development projects in the ocean energy sector.
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· Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, 0207 901 3012 or 07792 463 445
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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.
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.
A new RenewableUK report “Ocean Energy Race - The UK’s inside track” was launched at the conference and is available here.