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Energy Committee: Renewables targets 2

Conservative Scottish Borders Councillor Carolyn Riddell-Carre told Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee "I am not sure that wind is the best" in relation to renewable sources of energy.

Ms Riddle-Carre was speaking in the second evidence session as part of the committee's inquiry into the Scottish government's renewable energy targets on 21 March 2012.

The government has published its plans for renewable energy to provide 100% of Scotland's electricity needs by 2020.

The Borders councillor said: "We are looking at energy, we are looking at economy and we're looking at tourism."

"Wind is not secure, it doesn't blow all the time."

She stressed the need for affordable energy and the fact she was not against renewables per se but "cautious of windfarms".

"It is a subsidy paid by the poor to the rich."

Dumfries and Galloway councillor Roger Grant, also a Conservative, said it would be "helpful if there was more in the national planning framework on energy policy".

Keith Winter, head of enterprise, planning and protective services at Fife Council also gave evidence.

MSPs earlier quizzed Chris Norman chair of Heads of Planning Scotland a and Simon Coote and Lindsey Nicoll from the Scottish government, which can be viewed below:

Energy Committee: Renewables 1

Finally Jim MacKay from SEPA; Andrew Thin from Scottish Natural Heritage and David Palmer from Marine Scotland also gave evidence which can be viewed below:

Energy Committee: Renewables 3

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee membership

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