Bosses at Perth-based SSE Renewables – who are building Scotland’s largest windfarm off the Angus coast – have hit out at new measures meant to promote “indigenous” firms, arguing they could put Scottish renewable energy projects at a “disadvantage”. An SSE spokesman said: “We believe it’s critical that any such proposals maintain a level playing field across the UK so that Scottish projects aren’t disadvantaged in future competitive auction rounds, putting Scotland at risk of missing its climate change targets.” There has been growing concern about Scottish workers missing out on the work created by the renewables sector, especially after a large number of redundancies at BiFab’s Arnish yard in Fife.
Courier 18th Jan 2020 read more »
Scottish companies are set to benefit from new steps aimed at increasing the number of offshore wind farm contracts staying in the country. The Scottish Government announced this week that developers will have to apply on supply-chain commitments when applying for offshore wind leases. The announcement was welcomed by trade unions. Pat Rafferty and Gary Smith, Scottish secretaries of Unite and GMB, said: “We welcome these long overdue measures announced today by the Scottish Government in taking a harder line with the industry but this must be the start of change and not the end.
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