McArthur: We must up our game on renewables

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP today welcomed new statistics which showed the proportion of Scotland’s electricity supplied by wind, hydro, solar and other renewables is at an all-time high but warned that much more needs to be done. 

Statistics revealed today showed that renewables produced enough power to meet 59.4% of Scotland’s electricity needs in 2015 which is up from 49.7% in 2014. 

Commenting Mr McArthur said: 

“It is encouraging to see continued strong growth in renewable energy.  Building on this success though is essential and will not be easy, particularly given recent decisions by the UK government. 

“The challenge for Scottish Ministers, however, is up their game in relation to heat and transport.  There has been little to no progress in these key areas to date and the forthcoming Energy Strategy needs to address this head on. 

“A good start would be a Warm Homes Act that delivers a step change in district heating in Scotland.  SNP Ministers may also wish to consider reversing their plans to give a £250m windfall to the airline industry”.

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