12 Jan '12, 2pm

Could Scottish independence spell problems for UK renewables?

Given the politically charged nature of the potential break-up of the United Kingdom, it is hardly surprising that the plight of just one industry has not been granted a central role in the increasingly fractious debate over Scotland's pursuit of independence. But as Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond continue to butt heads over the timing and nature of Scotland's promised independence referendum, it is worth asking how the uncertainty created by both the imminent plebiscite and the prospect of full independence will impact a renewables industry that Salmond has already designated as essential to the future health of the nation. Scotland's enviable wind and wave resources mean that in the long term the country will have a crucial role to play in the UK's fast-expanding renewable energy sector, regardless of whether or not it actually rema...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/james-blog/2137162/scotti...

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