Carmichael to Kwarteng: EU draft plan shows need to lead on marine energy

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today written to the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, calling for greater ambition in support for marine energy. Mr Carmichael highlighted a leaked draft policy document from the EU outlining its ambitions to dramatically ramp up the use of wave and tidal energy sources, with a goal of 60 gigawatts generated by 2050, and noted that it is “clearer and clearer that other state actors are willing to ramp up their investment in marine energy in order to support their climate change goals”.

Mr Carmichael said:

“Earlier this year I warned that if we do not support the commercial rollout of wave and tidal energy then we risk being overtaken by those willing to invest in future growth. If these draft plans from the EU are to be believed then that risk may soon become a reality.

“The European Marine Energy Centre was established in the Northern Isles because we are an ideal site for the development of wave and tidal technology. We have natural advantages in this area and it would be foolish to miss our opportunity to lead in a vital green alternative to wind power.”

He continued:

“Next year’s climate summit COP26 will be a chance for the UK to show its leadership in green growth and marine energy should be part of that showcase. If the Government wants to reach commercial rollout in wave and tidal before anyone else then they must invest in it now.”

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