Scotland has enviable green energy resources which are delivering jobs and investment to communities across the country. It is estimated that 25% of Europe’s offshore wind and tidal energy potential is in Scottish waters and 10% of Europe’s capacity for wave power. 11,000 people are now employed in the renewable energy sector and that number will rise.
We have the target of generating the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs from renewables by 2020. This is an ambitious but achievable goal, with the equivalent of almost 39% of Scotland’s total electricity needs coming from renewables in 2012, maintaining progress towards the Scottish Government’s target of 50% by 2015.
We are concerned regarding the rising cost of energy – renewables are an important part of tackling this, offering energy security for the people of Scotland and protecting us all from price shock.Scotland produces more electricity than we require – we are a net exporter. Following independence, we will continue with the GB-wide integrated energy and electricity markets.
As Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has said: “The reality is that we will continue with the UK energy market, because it makes sense. Our renewable energy potential, our expertise, our jobs and our industries require it, as do English businesses, engineers, experts and consumers.”