Independent candidate Billy Fox has attacked SNP leader Alex Salmond’s vision for producing all of Scotland’s electricity from renewables by 2020.
Mr Fox, former chairman of Sustainable Shetland which opposes the Viking Energy windfarm for Shetland, said it was time to recognise the “myth of this having any green credentials”.
“Mr Salmond says Scotland will have vast quantities of renewables but no shutdown of non-renewables. We are to become an export powerhouse for the UK and Europe!” said Mr Fox.
“This is grandstanding fantasy, the generating industry and Scottish business is making that clear; these exaggerated claims for large-scale renewables delivery are extremely dangerous.
“There is no green agenda, but a highly speculative economic one, subsidised through Renewable Obligation Certificates and Climate Change Levy, coming out of electricity consumers’ and taxpayers’ pockets. The real reason for the introduction of these subsidies, to cut carbon emissions, has now completely fallen by the wayside. This policy is all about the money, hang the environment, the expense to the man or woman on the street, or any rational approach to energy security.”