May 19, 2017
England, Scotland

ScottishPower claim onshore wind ‘has more to offer’ as Tories claim onshore is not ‘right’ for England

Written by Alan Shields - 19/05/2017 |

ScottishPower claim offshore wind has ‘more to offer the UK’ as the Conservative Party brands onshore wind ‘not right’ for England.

The comment comes in response to the Conservative manifesto ahead of the snap General Election next month.

In the document the Tories say they want a “diverse” energy mix for to meet UK needs in the future.

The political party claim a diverse energy economy is the best way to stimulate innovation, and also to ensure that we are getting the right generation in the right place.

But Theresa May’s party then adds that they do not think large-scale onshore wind power is “right for England”.

Instead the part wants to push offshore wind and support projects in “the remote islands of Scotland”.

Keith Anderson, ScottishPower Chief Corporate Officer, said: “Low cost onshore wind has a lot more to offer the UK, and we are hopeful that the Conservative Manifesto means that a new generation of onshore projects will be possible across Scotland.

“There are many good projects in the pipeline and a skilled local workforce who can deliver them.”

Scottish Conservative energy spokesman Alexander Burnett expressed delight at the PM’s commitment to Scotland.

He said: “As energy spokesman at Holyrood, I have met the Stornoway Trust and other stakeholders to discuss these plans and we have lobbied hard with the Department for Business and Industrial Strategy.

“These projects can have real benefit for our island communities and I look forward to seeing these plans progress.”

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron, Conservative, also welcomed the plan.

He added: “While the manifesto recognises the days of large-scale mainland wind farms are over, there is a place for wind power in a balanced energy approach, so long as those living in the area do not hold significant objections.

“I have met many constituents, communities, and businesses, both in the Western Isles and at Holyrood, who have told me they want this to happen.

“As a result I have initiated discussions with members of the UK government on the issue over the last few months.”

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