She expressed concern after the review only pledged an extra £30 million for low carbon projects.
Ms Mack said she felt the sum did not provide “certainty and clarity” over the future of the renewable energy sector in Scotland. She said: “Scotland’s renewable energy sector can help to power Britain’s infrastructure and deliver on the government’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions.
“It is concerning, however, that the 17,700 people who work in Scotland’s renewables sector have not been given the clarity and certainty on the future of their industry that they need.“Continued uncertainty over the future of the Renewable Heat Incentive and the inadequacy of the replacement of the Feed-In Tariff are troubling for low-carbon heat and small-scale renewables companies respectively.”
Since the 2015 introduction of a public veto on onshore wind projects by the UK Government in England, few developments have been commissioned, despite growing popularity for the technology. In May, Ms Mack described the UK Government stance on onshore projects as “wrongheaded”. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also said the policy was “short-sighted” and ruled any such move in Scotland.
A wind turbine converts wind into electricity and the largest one is 20 stories tall.
Ms Mack added last night: “The Government’s continued refusal to unleash the billions of pounds worth of socioeconomic benefits associated with allowing onshore wind and solar PV to compete on an even playing field within our energy system is also a massive missed opportunity.
“The Chancellor said that ‘the challenge of decarbonisation is real’, but pledged just £30 million extra for projects aimed at achieving the Government’s net zero target. It is crucial that the National Infrastructure Strategy promised for later this year better reflects the magnitude of the task.”
“This fund provides a timely and appropriate approach for the Scottish Government to support the current needs of the sector and to help ensure Scotland’s huge marine energy potential is realised.” The north of Scotland boasts a clutch of world-leading tidal firms such as Orkney-based Orbital Marine Power and Nova Innovation and Simec Atlantis Energy’s Meygen project in the Pentland Firth.