DECC figures show potential of renewable energy sector- Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has welcomed the latest statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showing that Scotland generated 37.3% more renewable electricity in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.

The figures also show that reliance on coal for electricity generation across the UK has fallen from 28.2% in the second quarter of 2014 to 20.5% in the same period of 2015. Renewable energy (hydro, wind and other renewables) increased from 16.7 per cent in 2014 Q2 to 25.3 per cent in 2015 Q2.

Commenting Mr Carmichael said;

“These figures published today show how important renewable energy generation is to the UK energy mix and the key role Scotland plays in that.”

“Realising this potential is placed in jeopardy by cuts to the sector by the Conservative Government. The early ending of Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and other incentives threaten the real progress of UK renewables shown in these statistics”

“The Conservative Government’s plans will cause real damage to consumers, businesses and investors.  It is difficult to see who they will help."