There was little press coverage yesterday about what our First Minister Alex Salmond hailed as a ‘new green energy revolution.’ He predicted renewable technology off Scotland’s coast would soon create enough energy to power the nation up to 10 times over and announced that permission had been given for companies to begin surveying sites on which to build 10 offshore windfarms. The 10 sites have the potential to generate over 6GW of offshore electricity, equalling Scotland’s energy consumption on an average day.
“Scotland has a fantastic competitive advantage in developing offshore renewables, with up to 25% of Europe’s offshore wind, wave and tidal energy potential and a world-class scientific capacity and skills base. If you like, this represents our second big win in the energy lottery. We have to make sure that, with this new big win, the benefits are here to stay for the Scottish economy,” Mr Salmond said yesterday in Aberdeen.
The BBC was promoting Jim Murphy’s 'idea of the week' that Scotland needs nuclear to secure energy supplies and jobs. He knows the majority of people in Scotland are against nuclear but he continues to beat the drum for his pal Gordon, whose brother makes billions out of building nuclear power stations. Short term thinking Jim, we’ve had enough of that in the past decade.
Today’s buzz words are renewables, marine renewables Jim, Scotland’s renewables.