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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-00424: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide additional support to help develop innovation in the tidal and wave energy sectors.

Answered by: Keith Brown 1 December 2016

The Scottish Government has a long and proud history of supporting the development of marine energy technologies and we remain strongly committed to the wave and tidal energy sectors.

In a year when the marine energy sector has made outstanding progress, it is extremely disappointing that no budget has been ring-fenced for marine energy projects by the UK Government in the next Contracts for Difference allocation round.

The Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy and his officials are having discussions with the UK Government to consider what additional support can be provided to the industry. He is also convening a round table of representatives from the marine energy sector in December to understand their priorities.