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Can we rely on renewables for a secure energy supply?

11 April 2016

The Scottish Affairs Committee continue their inquiry into renewable energy on renewable energy in Scotland by hearing from representatives of industry and energy, including Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Renewable Energy Foundation, Scientific Alliance Scotland and Scotland Against Spin.

Witnesses

Wednesday 13 April 2016, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

From 2.15pm

  • Gareth Williams, Head of Policy, Scottish Council for Development and Industry

From 3.15pm

  • Dr John Constable, Director, Renewable Energy Foundation
  • Professor Iain McLeod, Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders Scotland and Scientific Alliance Scotland
  • Linda Holt, Scotland Against Spin

Chair's comment

Committee chair, Pete Wishart, commented:

"In the first session, we will be questioning the Scottish Council for Development and Industry to understand just how important the renewable energy sector is to the Scottish economy. We will be looking to understand if the £1 billion investment in renewables seen in 2014 can be replicated in the long term, and how recent policy changes have affected opportunities for this sector.

In the second session, we will be speaking to representatives from the Renewable Energy Foundation, the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders Scotland and Scientific Alliance Scotland, asking about the extent to which we can rely on renewables for a secure energy supply. Given that wind power, the predominate form of renewable energy in Scotland, provides fluctuating amounts of energy, how big a part should it be in our energy mix? And how can our energy infrastructure be improved to allow for more of our electricity to come from renewable sources?

We will also be talking to Scotland Against Spin, to hear about the concerns some communities have regarding the impact inshore wind farms can have, and how involved residents are in the process of developing renewables projects."

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