New renewable energy alliance launched

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Published Date: 

16 Mar 2011 - 13:37

The first meeting of a group dedicated to successfully implementing Argyll and Bute’s Renewable Energy Action Plan (REAP) will meet in Inveraray this Friday (March 18).

The Argyll and Bute Renewable Energy Alliance (ABRA) brings together key partners including Argyll and Bute Council, the Scottish Government, Scottish Power Renewables, Marine Scotland, Scottish and Southern Energy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Crown Estate Commission and Skills Development Scotland, who will work together to ensure a strategic overview of renewable development and ensure there is a greater awareness of all the issues relating to this development across Argyll and Bute.

Among its objectives are:

  • provide a strategic overview of renewable development across partner organisations, and encourage a holistic approach to ensure a greater understanding of the strategic issues relating to the development of the renewable industry in Argyll and Bute. 
  • act as a catalyst to promote the optimal development of the renewable industry across Argyll and Bute
  • promote a partnership approach to securing local socio-economic and community benefit
  • develop the industry in Argyll and Bute in an manner which promotes sustainable economic development and recognises the need for co-existence with other economic activities, our environment and our communities
  • work with partners to secure capacity within the transmission network in order to unlock the future potential of our considerable renewable energy assets and provide confidence to investors
  • assist in the prioritisation and promotion of supporting physical and transport infrastructure investment to enable the growth of the renewable sector

Argyll and Bute Council Leader and ABRA Chair, Councillor Dick Walsh, said; “Argyll and Bute has long been in the spotlight in terms of renewable energy, and is one of Scotland’s powerhouses regarding current and future on and offshore potential.

“We are confident that Argyll and Bute will continue to play a major and increasing role in Scotland’s energy future. The formation of ABRA will serve not just to ensure that this is the case, but also to ensure that we continue to work with all our partners to promote sustainable development and maximise the benefits for everyone involved, not least our communities.”

 Among the other attendees on Friday will be Scotland’s Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Jim Mather MSP.