Scottish Greens propose new deal for onshore wind power

Scottish Greens have unveiled plans for a new deal for Scotland’s wind energy supply to meet future demand for electricity as fossil fuels are phased out.

The Scottish Greens manifesto pledges to replace existing turbines with newer, more powerful models and doubling the size of the industry. Making it easier to invest in onshore wind will come with conditionality to keep at least 70% of the supply chain in Scotland, creating thousands of jobs.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “Renewable energy is absolutely critical to meeting climate targets and ensuring our survival. Onshore wind already contributes a large amount to Scotland’s energy mix, but it has stagnated under UK and Scottish Governments.

“As we shift to electric transport and heating solutions, the demand will grow and so must the onshore wind sector.

“That’s why the Scottish Greens propose a new deal for wind energy to encourage the sector to upgrade existing turbines and expand. We would ensure that the Scottish supply chain is protected, creating thousands of jobs in the process.

“Scotland can be a leader in renewable energy, but only if we invest in it. Our future depends on it.”