12,000 jobs could be created in Scotland to from generating electricity from the waves and tide, according to a new study.
The expert advisory group report, published by the Scottish Government, says action is needed from governments in Edinburgh and London - with Holyrood ministers “urgently” needing to give consent to the proposed Beauly-Denny power line.
The report also urges the Scottish Government to repeat its support scheme for wave and tidal energy, and for a review of grid infrastructure.
It recommends a fresh look at the levels of support available through the “renewables obligation”, and says the Treasury must to do more to help the sector.
The experts calculate that creating one gigawatt of marine renewable energy by 2020 would cost around £2.4bn, and could provide 2,600 Scottish jobs.
Commenting on plans for upgrading a key overhead electricity transmission line between north and central Scotland, the report concluded:
“It is essential that the Beauly-Denny link must be consented urgently by Scottish ministers, since not only does it provide capacity for renewables projects most ready for connection, but it is also key to unlocking further progress on network upgrades.”