Tale of two governments shown by Westminster fudge

The announcement that the UK Government has fudged the power struggle which was taking place over Renewable Obligation Certificates has clearly shown the contrast between the UK and Scottish Governments.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change had been expected to announce its plans for new banding levels for Renewable Obligations last week, but postponed its decision at the last minute. The delays to the UK Government’s decision were subsequently revealed as being caused by a power struggle between Ed Davey and George Osborne who wanted more severe reductions to support for renewable energy.

The Scottish Government responded quickly to end the threat of uncertainty to the renewables industry in Scotland, by announcing its own plans at the start of this week.

Today’s DECC announcement has resulted in the UK Government following the Scottish Government’s lead by changing the band for onshore wind to 0.9 ROCs, but announcing that unlike in Scotland they would review that decision next year.

The renewables industry had warned that the ongoing uncertainty was putting millions of pounds of investment at risk and the announcement of a further review next year is likely to extend that uncertainty south of the border.

Commenting, SNP MSP Chic Brodie said:

“Our fast growing renewables sector needs certainty as it continues to deliver investment and clean green and secure electricity. The ongoing power struggles at Westminster clearly shows the contrast between the UK and Scottish Governments.

“While the UK Government is again characterised by farce and fudge, the SNP Government has been quick and decisive in supporting Scotland’s vital renewable energy sector that is delivering jobs and investment to communities across Scotland.

“There could scarcely be a clearer example of why it is better that decisions affecting Scotland are made in Scotland, rather than be subject to the whims of an increasingly hamstrung UK coalition.

“It is far better for decisions on our renewables industry to be made by a Scottish Parliament 100% directly elected by people in Scotland rather than a Westminster Government which overwhelmingly is not.”