Commenting on the release of the Scottish Marine Energy Road Map today, Duncan McLaren, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland said:

“With enthusiastic support for marine renewables as well as wind power, research has shown that Scotland could generate over 140% of its electricity requirements from renewables by 2030, eliminating the need for new conventional coal or nuclear power plants. This welcome report suggests that such a path will be good for jobs and our economy too. If renewables are to fulfil their remarkable potential, Government and the energy industry must support the development of a smart grid, incorporating enhanced electricity storage. This critical element of the framework must not be overlooked.”

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Davina Shiell, Friends of the Earth Scotland, 0131 243 2719. To be re-directed to the mobile please call 0131 243 2715.

Notes to Editors

The Government press announcement can be found at:  http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2009/08/26102551

Research for Friends of the Earth Scotland, based on independent analysis by Garrad Hassan, on the Scottish energy system to 2030 can be found at: www.foe-scotland.org.uk/energy

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