Mike Weir MP, SNP spokesperson on Energy, has welcomed the publication of a report which demonstrates that renewable energy is the best way to ensure that consumers get the lowest prices for energy in the future.
The report from the Committee on Climate Change concludes that household energy bills will be about £600 higher per year by the end of the decade if the UK relies increasingly on gas, whilst they would only be around £100 higher than today’s average if the UK concentrated on renewable power generation.
Mr Weir said that this demonstrates that the approach of the Scottish Government is clearly the best way forward, and also demonstrates Scotland’s potential to provide clean, green energy to neighbouring countries.
Recent days saw the publication of a report by the DECC showing that Scotland smashed through its renewable electricity target for 2011, generating 36.1 per cent of electricity demand from renewable sources. Figures for the first three quarters of 2012 also show that electricity production has increased by 15.2 per cent compared to the same period in 2011, indicating that further progress is likely to be made when statistics for the full year become available.
Commenting on the report, Mr Weir said: “Whilst any rise in prices is unwelcome this report clearly shows that the most sensible and realistic way forward is to invest in clean, green renewable energy.
“Not only will it reduce carbon emissions but it will also ensure that hard-pressed consumers get the best possible deal.
“The Scottish Government is already committed to producing 100 per cent of our electricity needs from renewables. and this report demonstrates that this is a much more sensible approach than the UK government’s “Dash for Gas” which will end up costing the consumer six times as much.
“Scotland has surpassed our interim target. The growth of renewables in Scotland will mean that not only will we be able to supply our own energy needs but will have energy to sell to others.”