A call by Labour MSPs for the Scottish government to take over the Renewables Obligation (RO) has been rejected by energy minister Fergus Ewing, on the grounds that it does not have sufficient funding available.
This was the latest issue resulting from the British government’s closure of schemes including the Green Deal and reductions proposed to the Feed-in Tariff.
The call had asked the Scottish government to continue the RO for onshore wind, but Mr Ewing said that “no money” was available for this, according to heraldscotland.com.
He also repeated his criticism of the UK government’s announcement that the RO would be closed to onshore wind a year earlier than planned, describing it as an “assault on renewables”.
Conservative MSPs defended the early closure of the subsidy, stating that costs for its continued support had increased to unacceptable levels.