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Nuclear not ruled out

Renewable forms of energy have been ruled out to provide all of Scotland’s needs and instead the government could look to nuclear energy (The Scotsman).

Scottish Secretary Alistair Darling hinted clearly that nuclear power would figure prominently when he spoke at a conference organised by the Scottish Renewables Forum in Glasgow yesterday. He revealed the government continued to consider all forms of energy generation. “There has been a substantial leap forward in renewables, and there will be more, but it isn’t enough on its own,” he claims. “We should not be ruling out the contribution that any section of the industry can make – including nuclear.” The Scottish Executive has set a target of 40% renewable energy, including wind and wave power, by 2010. The government can authorise new nuclear stations to be built, including in Scotland, but the Scottish Executive can refuse planning permission.

Meanwhile, at the same conference, ScottishPower chief executive Philip Bowman urged the government to stump up greater investment for renewable technology (The Herald). This was Bowman’s first public appearance as chief executive of Scotland’s largest industrial company. “There are clear planning issues which need to be resolved,” he said. “In the US it takes our PPM business three months to get permission for a wind farm. Here, it’s closer to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
Scottish Secretary Alistair Darling hinted clearly that nuclear power would figure prominently when he spoke at a conference organised by the Scottish Renewables Forum in Glasgow yesterday. He revealed the government continued to consider all forms of energy generation. “There has been a substantial leap forward in renewables, and there will be more, but it isn’t enough on its own,” he claims. “We should not be ruling out the contribution that any section of the industry can make – including nuclear.” The Scottish Executive has set a target of 40% renewable energy, including wind and wave power, by 2010. The government can authorise new nuclear stations to be built, including in Scotland, but the Scottish Executive can refuse planning permission.

Meanwhile, at the same conference, ScottishPower chief executive Philip Bowman urged the government to stump up greater investment for renewable technology (The Herald). This was Bowman’s first public appearance as chief executive of Scotland’s largest industrial company. “There are clear planning issues which need to be resolved,” he said. “In the US it takes our PPM business three months to get permission for a wind farm. Here, it’s closer to three years – if that is, it happens at all. If action is not taken quickly to remove the blockages we are currently experiencing there is a real threat of doing lasting damage to the prospects of UK renewables.”


Source: http://business.scotsman.co...

MAR 28 2006
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