Energy comparison customers in Scotland could face power shortages over the coming years due to the government's decisions to close coal, oil and nuclear power stations, the head of generator rental company has warned.
Rupert Soames, chief executive of Aggreko, commented that it could take many decades before green energy sourced from renewable supplies can plug the gap left by 'traditional' sources of energy.
"How is Scotland going to react to the fact the national grid, on which we all depend, will lose 30 per cent of its generating capacity by 2013," he asked at a business conference at the Scottish parliament.
"We have to move on from the days of holding hands and singing Kumbaya to the great green god, or believing that Scotland is going to be the centre of the universe for renewables," he insisted.
Mr Soames' comments follow Scottish National Party MP Mike Weir's call on the coalition government to release Scotland's Fossil Fuel Levy without delay, so that the Scottish parliament can start investing in green energy and jobs.
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