Renewable energy should be a key part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy.
That’s according to RenewableUK, which has called on the government to prioritise wind, wave and tidal energy to meet the challenge of providing affordable energy and clean growth.
It argues these industries are already providing major economic benefits to UK regions, offering growing export markets in manufacturing and services and in strong positions to secure high value contracts for the UK.
In a letter written to Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the group said: “Low carbon sources are now the low cost energy option, with cost reductions more akin to those seen in electronics than traditional infrastructure”.
The letter was also signed by Scottish Renewables, Renewable Energy Association, Solar Trade Association, Regen and the Electricity Storage Network.
Scottish Renewables Director of Policy, Jenny Hogan, said: “Capitalising on our enviable natural resources and energy expertise the sector in Scotland is already producing remarkable industrial benefits, providing affordable energy and clean growth to the UK economy.
“With the right backing from government, renewable energy can continue to be the driver of our growing low carbon economy for generations to come.”