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Scotland supports German nuclear decision

The Scottish government has today given its support to Germany’s plans to phase out nuclear power infrastructure.

Commenting on the news, Scotland’s energy minister Fergus Ewing said: “We welcome this announcement from the German government, which adds to the growing international realisation of difficulties associated with nuclear power.

“It adds further weight to our view that Scotland does not need a new generation of costly nuclear plants and is instead ideally placed to become a green energy powerhouse.

“That’s why we have a new target of generating 100% of Scotland’s electricity needs from renewables by 2020 − one of the most demanding anywhere in the world.

“And we have already started the journey. Total planned offshore wind development in waters around Scotland already amounts to almost 10GW of capacity, more than Scotland’s peak demand.

“With planned inward investment of around £300M to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines in Scotland, and capacity for so much more, it is clear that renewables are key to the development of a low carbon economy and the creation of significant new employment opportunities in Scotland.”

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  • If Scotland's plans come to fruition I hope the rest of the UK will charge Scotland accordingly for some of it's nuclear energy when the wind fails to blow. Or will Fergus have enough hot air to cover this eventuality and run his own steam turbine?
    Interesting to see the current status of the NCE poll - I look forward to the final results!

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