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£103 million boost for renewables in Scotland announced – WWF Scotland comment

22 March 2012

The Scottish Government today published details on how it will use £103 million raised from Fossil Fuel Levy to boost local renewable projects, support district heating schemes, and on supporting wave and tidal developers. [1]

WWF Scotland’s Director Dr Richard Dixon said:

“Using cash raised from polluting power production to support the development of clean, green energy solutions is exactly the right thing for governments to be doing.

“The focus on marine renewables and district heating are particularly welcome as these are two areas that need to grow quickly in the next few years if we are to cut emissions. However, we’re also pleased to see help for smaller renewable schemes as we know there are many around the country who wish to take action within their communities.

“Alongside improved energy efficiency, Scotland can comfortably meet its future power needs from renewables. [2] Following an energy-saving, high-renewable path will create jobs, cut carbon emissions, generate investment opportunities and protect households from rising energy prices caused by the dwindling supplies of fossil fuels.”

Notes to Editors

[1] Scottish Government Fossil Fuel Levy release

[2] Joint NGO report on energy strategy for Scotland: Power of Scotland Secured http://assets.wwf.org.uk/downloads/power_of_scotland_secured.pdf

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