Ahead of the December election, the SNP has called on Westminster to match its ambition on the climate by agreeing to a new Green Energy Deal.
Under the SNP’s ambition, the deal would look to ensure that green energy projects are given the long-term certainty necessary to support investment; deliver a wave and tidal energy industrial strategy with adequate funding; and to allow onshore wind to compete in the Contracts for Difference auctions.
Other areas under the deal include setting a clear timescale for the delivery of interconnectors to Scotland’s islands; pressing the Conservatives to ditch their plans to quadruple the VAT on home solar; and supporting a diesel scrappage scheme if trading for ultra-low emission vehicles.
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “Scotland is already a world-leader on tackling the climate crisis and delivering green energy. By contrast, Westminster has wasted years obsessing over nuclear power and a complete lack of vision and ambition over the energy technologies of the future. Put bluntly, there is no more time to waste – it’s time for Westminster to get its act together. It’s time for the UK government to match the SNP’s ambition – with a green energy deal which will bring about a transformational shift toward the energy schemes of the future.”