Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Gibson welcomes renewable announcement

News release
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Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed the starting gun for tidal and wave power in the announcement from the First Minister on which companies have won the first leases from the Crown Estate to operate in the waters around Orkney.

MR Gibson said that the opportunities that tidal and wave energy help for Orkney were truly exciting.

"The waters around Orkney hold the potential to help power Scotland throughout the new millennium. The announcement today is an important step towards a renewable revolution which will positively transform Orkney and the North of Scotland."

"This will mean energy security for this part of Europe which will stand us in good stead for the future as well as providing top quality jobs on both sides of the Pentland firth."

I back the commitment of the Scottish Government to renewable energy. We can fully focus and finance the burgeoning renewables industry without the wasteful distractions of new nuclear which is still backed by Labour and the Tories. Marine renewables can guide us out of recession and it's long painful aftermath."

"At least in Scotland we have our priorities right in backing sustainable development which will create long term highly skilled jobs. Coupled with the offshore wind potential the future for all the Highlands and Islands as well as Scotland is bright. announcements such as the one today take that future closer."


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