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Highland Leaders Urge UK Government to Base GB Energy HQ in Scotland’s Green Energy Hub – Scottish Business News



Highland Leaders Urge UK Government to Base GB Energy HQ in Scotland’s Green Energy Hub – Scottish Business News

Colin Marr, Chief Executive of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, along with other key Highland leaders, has urged the UK government to consider the Scottish Highlands as the location for GB Energy’s headquarters.

In a letter to the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Ed Miliband, they highlighted the region’s growing prominence in renewable energy, significant infrastructure investments, and strategic position for future clean power generation.

The group emphasised the Highlands’ potential to become a major hub for the UK’s green energy future, citing the success of the Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport in attracting international investment for offshore wind power facilities.

The ICFGF, a partnership of public and private sector organisations, spearheads significant developments in renewable energy infrastructure and technology.

Key points in favour of the Highlands location include:

  1. Substantial investment: The ICFGF anticipates attracting £3.5 billion in energy-related investment and an additional £12 billion in grid infrastructure over the coming years.
  2. Job creation: The Green Freeport project is expected to generate up to 10,250 jobs locally and a total of 16,500 across the UK.
  3. Renewable energy leadership: The Highlands of Scotland will host a significant proportion of the UK’s wind power, both onshore and offshore, as well as the majority of pumped hydro storage schemes.
  4. Unique geography: The region’s deepwater ports, sheltered harbours, and suitable inland areas for pumped hydro storage make it ideal for manufacturing and installations required for the energy transition.
  5. Future-focused: The proposal emphasises that while other parts of Scotland may compete based on current energy generation, the Highlands represents the future of UK energy production.
Colin Marr, Chief Executive, Inverness Chamber of Commerce

The ICFGF argues that locating GB Energy’s headquarters in the Highlands would position it at the heart of the UK’s emerging clean energy landscape.

This strategic placement could enhance the company’s effectiveness in driving the nation’s transition to renewable energy sources.

As the new Labour government begins to implement its energy policies, including the establishment of GB Energy, Minister Jones faces the task of weighing various factors in deciding the location of the company’s headquarters.

The Highlands’ proposal presents a compelling case for consideration, aligning with Labour’s commitment to making Britain a “clean energy superpower”.

The decision on GB Energy’s location will be closely watched by industry stakeholders and could have significant implications for regional development and the UK’s broader energy strategy.

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