As Scottish energy ministers meet with UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark to discuss “back-tracked” support for Scottish Islands renewables projects worth £2.5bn, a new report has claimed that re-using carbon dioxide could create a £500m market for Scotland. The report, published today (10 April), by the University of Sheffield has claimed that 600 new jobs could be created in Scotland by reusing carbon dioxide. Specifically, the report noted that around 500,000 tonnes of distillery sector biogenic CO2 could be turned into a new Scottish export, as inorganic fertiliser. Commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, the report provides an overview of the viability of re-use CO2 in Scotland. The report noted that a £500m market could be created by placing innovative technologies into the oil, gas, paper, wood and energy-from-waste industrial sectors that could capture 4.3m tonnes of carbon. The University of Sheffield’s Dr Grant Wilson, principal author of the study, said: “For most countries and policy makers around the world, carbon dioxide is viewed only as a problem that needs to be controlled. However, with the ongoing development of novel technologies and processes for the re-use of CO2 it is also starting to be viewed as a potential resource that could be exploited. The report arrives as Scottish ministers meet with Energy Secretary Greg Clark to discuss the Government’s recent consultation as to whether Island renewable projects should be treated differently to traditional onshore wind projects. A consultation ran until January to gather views and information on whether Island wind projects – which are currently ineligible for CfD support – would benefit from being included in future auctions. Clarke has claimed that his department would be visiting the relevant Isles, but claimed he would hold-fire on a CfD decision until he was “personally informed”. Discussions taking place today will focus on approving the support for the Island projects. An independent report has found that the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland could receive a £725m economic boost if they were converted into renewable outposts, while the development of these projects would trigger an initial investment of £2.5bn. Scotland’s energy minister Fergus Ewing said: “Responses to the UK Government’s consultation show the case for supporting island wind projects is stronger than ever – our own submission was robust and credible. The projects under discussion would deliver tangible economic benefits to the communities involved while helping to ensure resilience in GB market electricity supplies. I look forward to making this positive case during our meeting with the Secretary of State.”
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The Scottish Government has warned renewable energy projects around the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland could be at risk, ahead of a meeting today (10 April) with Greg Clark. Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, and the BEIS secretary are due to co-chair the fifth meeting of the Scottish Islands Renewable Delivery Forum in Stornoway, which will focus on a recent Whitehall consultation on wind projects around the islands. Speaking before the meeting, Wheelhouse said “we must do all we can to enable our island communities” to benefit from wind power, which he added could meet up to five per cent of total UK electricity demand. “The planned projects on the Western and Shetland Isles would face extremely high locational transmission charges to provide electricity to the mainland,” said the minister. “That is why an appropriate support mechanism is so important to help unlock very significant capital investment from the private sector and community-owned developers, as well as, in turn underpinning the investment case to National Grid for vital island grid connections.
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The Scottish Energy Minister has urged the British Government to recognise the ‘vital importance’ of Scotland’s main Islands’ renewable energy contribution to the UK energy market. Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, held talks with his UK counterpart in Stornoway when he and British Energy Secretary Greg Clark co-chair the fifth meeting of the Scottish Islands Renewables Delivery Forum. Discussions focused on the UK Government’s recent consultation which back-tracked on support for wind projects on the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. The development of proposed major projects alone would trigger initial investment of £2.5 billion. The three main Scottish island groups – the Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles – between them possess the ability to produce high-quality renewable energy from wind and marine resources – with the potential to meet up to 5% of total GB electricity demand.
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