Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, yesterday told delegates at the UK’s 2017 Wave and Tidal Energy Conference that renewable energy had the opportunity to thrive, if the Government’s industrial strategy did the right things. Mr. Carmichael spoke and answered questions with other MPs at the event. As well as speaking about the leading role that Orkney has taken in the industry he drew delegates' attention to the future role that marine renewables could play.
Commenting after the conference, Mr. Carmichael said:
“Renewable energy has a huge amount of potential to revolutionise our economy, and free us from dependence on fossil fuels. The groundbreaking work in Orkney and Shetland on wave and tidal power will form an important part of our future energy strategy, and the Research and Development investment through the Government’s Industrial Strategy will allow wave and tidal to continue to innovate until it becomes more commercially viable.
“The industry has suffered from a lack of confidence in recent times, principally as a result of the removal of many subsidies and support for renewable energy. It now has the opportunity start moving ahead again. They have a strong case to make for being part of the government's recently published industrial strategy - both through research and development work and the building of a supply chain which can, in turn, become a significant export opportunity.
“I want to see renewables as an industry in Orkney and Shetland, and indeed across the country grow, thrive, and bring jobs and investments to our island communities. That requires a clear industrial strategy from the Government and it requires the industry to make that case to government. I believe there is an appetite for that and I will continue to work with the industry to make that happen."