Scotland in renewable alliance with Basque Country

Scotland has formed yet another energy alliance with Spain. In the last seven days energy giant Iberdrola, which owns Scottish Power, agreed to plough £3bn into Scottish businesses over the […]

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Scotland has formed yet another energy alliance with Spain.

In the last seven days energy giant Iberdrola, which owns Scottish Power, agreed to plough £3bn into Scottish businesses over the next two years, while wind power firm Gamesa is also exploring investment opportunities.

Now Scotland and the Basque Country are poised to sign a formal partnership agreement to share economic and business expertise on energy and climate change.

Last week First Minster Alex Salmond met President of the Basque Country Patxi Lopez in Bilbao and Mr Salmond invited Mr Lopez to visit Scotland to see development work going on in renewable energy.

Mr Salmond said: “Scotland’s world-leading role in renewable energy development provides the certainty – not least in terms of business investment – over Scotland’s low carbon future. President Lopez has expressed interest in working with us to identify areas where the Basque Country can work with us for mutual economic and environmental benefit, and we look forward to agreeing a Memorandum of Understanding between the two administrations.”