“We’re trying to create an environment which is very wave and tidal developer friendly.” These were the words of Renewable Energy Manager at Scottish Development International, Paul O’Brien.
Speaking to ELN at the RenewableUK Wave and Tidal conference on Wednesday, Mr O’Brien said that Scotland was attractive for investors: “Support from the Scottish Government is available for companies. Not just Scottish, but those from the UK and globally. We’ve made capital funding available but we’ve also changed the ROC mechanism.”
The Renewable Obligation places a commitment on licensed electricity suppliers in the UK to source an increasing proportion of electricity from renewable sources.
Far from being the finished product, Mr O’Brien said that although the potential in Scottish renewables was great, they had a lot to prove.
He said: “Survivability is the first thing developers have to prove. Can it be out during all weathers, how will the machine survive? Once they’ve shown that, the next stage is to improve the technology and increase efficiency.”
The conference showcased the successes of the UK’s Marine energy development. With around 50% of Europe’s offshore renewable capabilities, the UK has potential to become an industry leader.