Tidal energy gets green light

The Scottish Government has given the go-ahead for the first phase of what will be the largest tidal energy project in Europe, the energy minister has said. SNP Fergus Ewing announced plans to build six turbines in the Pentland Firth.

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WWF: More action needed for green energy to work

Scotland will need to do more if it is to harness the full potential of the marine power it generates, a leading environmental charity has said.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Scotland praised Holyrood's decision to build six turbines in the Pentland Firth but wants to see more done to make sure power can travel to the mainland.

This is a significant announcement and a major boost for the marine renewable industry in Scotland....

Scotland is well placed to lead in developing the technologies to turn this potential into a reality while create thousands of green jobs at the same time.

However, as there is little point in generating huge amounts of marine renewable energy on Scotland's islands if it cannot also be got to the mainland, we now need UK and Scottish Ministers to find a way forward that enables us to harness the full potential of this clean energy source.

– director of WWF Scotland Lang Banks

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