Scotland’s wind support a ‘stark contrast’ to Westminster’s ‘political games’

The Scottish Government’s announcement to support onshore wind stands in “stark contrast” to the “political games and infighting” in Westminster, the WWF said. The comment follows First Minister Alex Salmond’s […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Scottish Government’s announcement to support onshore wind stands in “stark contrast” to the “political games and infighting” in Westminster, the WWF said.

The comment follows First Minister Alex Salmond’s confirmation yesterday suggesting the level of support for onshore wind shouldn’t be cut by more than 10%.

The Scottish Government will be providing support at a level of 0.9 of a ROC, rather than the Treasury’s proposed 25% cut in subsidies.

The news comes after DECC announced a delay on financial support for the renewables industry as UK Ministers failed to come to an agreement.

David Nussbaum, Chief Executive of WWF-UK said: “Alex Salmond has clearly lost patience with the political games and infighting in the Westminster Coalition and decided that, in Scotland, certainty for investors and relying on the evidence base will take precedent over pandering to a particular political faction favoured by the Chancellor.”

He added: “The contrast with the Westminster Government and George Osborne’s current failure to put the national interest first could not be more stark.”