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SNP energy minister claims Scotland is vital to keeping UK lights on

The Scottish National Party (SNP) energy minister has told the party’s conference that Scotland’s renewable energy resources are helping to keep the lights on across the UK, Blue & Green Tomorrow reported.

Fergus Ewing praised the country’s renewables industry, saying that it was providing jobs, community benefits and lower energy prices while ensuring a secure supply of low-carbon energy, .

“With both Ofgem and National Grid warning about the increased risk of blackouts, Scotland’s record levels of renewables generation are increasingly important to keeping the lights on across these islands,” he said.

Mr Ewing claimed that Scottish renewables now produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of every household in Scotland, but added that they bring a host of other benefits too.

“Over 11,000 jobs have been created; over £5m per year is now being generated for communities the length and breadth of the country; and last year Scotland’s renewable energy displaced more than 10m tonnes of CO2 – more than total emissions of all of Scotland’s road transport”, he said.

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