Scotland: Onshore wind decision anti-business

Scotland has criticised the UK government’s “anti-business” decision to end support for onshore wind. More than 200 people from businesses and communities met with Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing in Glasgow […]

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Scotland has criticised the UK government’s “anti-business” decision to end support for onshore wind.

More than 200 people from businesses and communities met with Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing in Glasgow today.

It was an opportunity for the sector to voice concerns on the impact the decision will have on both projects and the supply chain in Scotland.

The announcement  was met with outcry by the Scottish industry which claimed it “could cost £3 billion investment in Scotland”.

Mr Ewing said: “This will come at great personal and economic cost to our businesses and people.

“I’ve heard from many successful businesses who are at the forefront of renewables technology who are now being forced to look at making redundancies as a result of these changes.

“I also heard from investors both in Scotland and abroad who are wanting to invest in this industry but these are currently being stalled because of the uncertainty this is causing.

“Delegates this morning spoke about the damage this will cause the rural economy – many of the shops and business that are vital to these communities.”

The UK Government is inviting views from developers and stakeholders on its proposed grace period for onshore wind projects.

Mr Ewing “strongly encourages anyone with an interest to respond on this to ensure our concerns are heard”.