Renewable energy sector 'can be unlocked by charges changes'

23 Sep 2010
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Renewable energy sector 'can be unlocked by charges changes'

The renewable energy is relying on industry regulator Ofgem to amend the charges made to power producers, an MSP has stated.

According to Aberdeen Central representative Lewis Macdonald, who is also the Labour Party's spokesman for energy, the renewable energy sector can be unlocked by making the charges fairer.

He argued that the current system, where companies south of the border are subsidised while Scottish firms are not, is unfair.

Speaking to the Press and Journal, he said: "This could unlock Scotland’s potential for generating green jobs and help towards cutting carbon emissions in the coming years."

Mr Macdonald added that making changes to the system would "go a long way" to boosting the renewable energy industry in Scotland.

Earlier this week, Jean Lambert of the Green Party argued that renewable energy is a "necessity" and added some countries are "blindly wedded" to the use of fossil fuels, even though it is an unsustainable source of power. 

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