PATRICK Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to develop a Green New Deal policy for Scotland. The Scottish Green party co-convener will bring forward a debate at Holyrood this week urging MSPs to back an agenda which addresses climate change and invests in green jobs and industries. Climate protesters this week took action in cities across the UK calling on government and councils to declare a climate emergency. Protesters held a series of peaceful demonstrations, including occupying key sites such as Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in London.
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A SCOTTISH company has called for the UK Government to put pumped storage hydro (PSH) at the heart of its strategy to meet the challenge of providing a secure, low-carbon electricity supply in the coming decades. Intelligent Land Investments (ILI) has submitted evidence to a House of Commons committee which is looking at the future investment outlook for the country’s energy infrastructure. Members of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee are investigating the fitness of purpose of PSH after the collapse of plans for two new nuclear power stations. The committee’s inquiry is looking into the challenges of raising finance for clean technologies – such as renewables and storage – and at governments’ approach to attracting investment in energy. Mark Wilson, ILI Group CEO, said: “We have submitted our written evidence to the inquiry, stating our belief that the gap left by nuclear can be filled by greater deployment of renewables in combination with new pumped storage hydro plants. “There are currently over 4GW of PSH in the pipeline. “Several organisations have indicated that they feel doubling the Government’s target of 30% generation from offshore wind (to 45%) is required to meet our obligations.” Wilson added: “Underpinning this with pump storage would provide the necessary flexibility, it would be cheaper overall with none of the issues that come with nuclear. “However, this will only be possible if governments and policy makers create the necessary market and commercial environment to support major infrastructure investments such as PSH.”
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