Clean energy has been promised a share of an extra £1.5 billion per annum pledged by Nicola Sturgeon for infrastructure in Scotland. The Scottish government’s programme for 2018/19, unveiled by the first minister in a speech in the Holyrood parliament earlier this week (4 September), includes a commitment to spend an additional £7bn on infrastructure by the end of the next Scottish parliament in 2026. Sturgeon said the Scottish government would steadily increase annual infrastructure investment so that it will be £1.5bn per year higher by then than the amount planned for the upcoming financial year 2019/20. She said clean energy projects would benefit from this increased investment alongside schools, hospitals, transport and digital connectivity. The programme also includes a commitment by the Scottish government to invest £15m to create 1,500 new electric vehicle charge points, 150 of which will be in public places. The new charge points will underpin the expansion of the Scottish “Switched on Towns and Cities” initiative to create 20 new “electric towns” by 2025. The programme includes a commitment by the Scottish government to publish a progress report “later this year” on the delivery of its strategy to supply half of Scotland’s total power needs from renewable sources followed by an annual report in early 2019.
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