27 Sep 2012
The Scottish Government announced today that 2012 is on track to be the most productive year for renewable energy.
It stated that the equivalent of nearly 150,000 homes could be powered with the building of more facilities, such as windfarms.
However, the SNP also conceded that less wind energy had been produced this year because less wind had blown across Scotland.
Despite this, it continues to pursue the development of more windfarms across Scotland, ignoring widespread concerns from local communities that turbines not only spoil Scotland’s scenery, but perform poorly.
Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser, convener of the Scottish Parliament’s energy committee, said:
“The whole problem with the Scottish Government’s approach to renewable energy is that it’s focused almost exclusively on developing more windfarms.
“Wind power is an unreliable and intermittent form of energy production.
“The 147,000 homes that Fergus Ewing claims could be powered by renewable energy would have to turn their lights off when the wind isn’t blowing at a sufficient speed.
“We still need large-scale conventional back-up.
“The flaw in the SNP’s approach is exposed by its own admission that there’s been a drop in onshore wind generation because of lower wind speeds in 2012.
“We can’t build a sustainable energy policy for the future purely on wind turbines alone.”
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