Monday, 9 February 2009

EU Sustainable Energy Week February 2009

I attended sessions of the programme with MSP colleagues as part of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee's Energy Enquiry. The meetings focused on carbon capture and storage (CCS), marine renewable development and the need to accommodate areas of high nature designations that are most suitable for Scotland's contribution to EU energy security. From Commissioner Piebalgs and the EU Parliament Committee clerks we got a range of views. They underlined the opportunities that Scots should grasp with both hands when we contemplate our contribution to EU 20-20-20 targets. With unique resources of clean power, especially in the Pentland Firth and Moray Firth, a European supergrid has to be built.

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