Building a world of
resilient communities.

MAIN LIST

 

Scotland: Report out to turn tide on energy focus

THE SCOTTISH Executive was today urged to switch its alternative energy focus from wind farms to wave power.

The Scottish Parliament’s enterprise committee claimed marine technologies had the potential to create thousands of jobs.

It said the Executive was on course to meet its target of generating 18 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2010.

And it called on the Executive and Westminster to develop a fully-fledged Scottish energy policy to meet future energy needs.

In its Renewable Energy report today, the committee concluded the benefits of renewable energy were so great the Executive should invest significantly in the sector.

But the report said the drive for renewable energy had so far concentrated almost exclusively on promoting onshore wind power. And that was unintentionally working against the development of other energy sources.

Committee convener Alasdair Morgan MSP said: "The focus on wind power is depriving other technologies such as tidal and wave power of much-needed investment."

The committee also called for a national strategic framework for wind farm applications.

It said there was a proliferation of large onshore, wind farm proposals concentrated in sensitive geographical areas and the planning system was struggling to cope.

Further wind farms would be necessary, it warned, but there were major weaknesses in the current planning system and a lack of guidance from the Executive.

Editorial Notes: How about investing in both wind and wave technologies?

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email.

Take action!  

Make connections via our GROUPS page.
Start your own projects. See our RESOURCES page.
Help build resilience. DONATE NOW.


Why Peak Oil Refuses to Die

Peak oil and climate change are two sides of the same coin. The coin itself …

Peak Oil Review - Sept 1

A weekly review including: Oil and the Global Economy, The Middle East & …

A Big Summer Story You Missed: Soaring Oil Debt

Last July the government agency, which has collected mundane statistics on …

Global Biofuels Status Update

Today I want to take a deep look at the global biofuels picture, drawing …

Peak oil notes - August 28

A mid-week update. Oil prices have been quiet this week trading around the …

Update on US natural gas, coal, nuclear, renewables

On August 6, I wrote a post called Making Sense of the US Oil Story, in …

The Peak Oil Crisis: When?

 The key question is just how many more months or years will production …