10 Aug 2012
A report by Scottish Renewables has revealed the amount of money invested in wind energy in Scotland over the past three years, compared to other renewable options.
It shows more than £1.6 billion has been spent on onshore windfarms, out of a total £2.8 billion.
Other alternatives, such as wave and tidal energy, have received barely a handful of that, while off-shore windfarm investment reached £589 million.
The release comes in the same week that the SNP told councils in Scotland they were not allowed a moratorium on windfarm applications, despite attempting to form their own wind energy policies while being deluged with applications.
Scottish Conservative energy spokeswoman Mary Scanlon MSP said:
“The SNP’s headlong target for onshore windfarms at the expense of other alternatives seemingly has no end.
“We support a mixed energy solution, but perfectly reasonable ventures such as tidal or bio energy are missing out because of the Scottish Government’s obsession with windfarms.
“People accept that windfarms, when acceptably sited, have a role to play, but it is hard to see what value the public will ever get from this spend of more than £1.6 billion.
“The SNP has to stop harming other projects for the sake of prioritising their own policies.”
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