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Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has been one of the strongest advocates of the marine energy industry in Scotland and over recent years has put in place a number of innovative and visionary programmes and policies which have placed Scotland at the forefront of this fast-growing new industry.

Measures have ranged from the formation of world-leading test facilities at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney to the implementation of significant grant schemes and the highest level of wave energy market support available in the world.

The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and the formation of Marine Scotland have both been viewed as positive steps which have already brought about significant progress in delivering a more focussed and coordinated approach to the regulation and promotion of the marine environment.

We maintain a close relationship with MSPs, officials and agencies through regular informal contact and through more formal channels such as responding to government consultations.

We have also been awarded significant funding from the Scottish Government, including £3 million in 2010 from the WATERS fund (Wave and Tidal Energy: Research, Development and Demonstration Support) to support the development of our second-generation Oyster 800 wave energy machine.  The fund is run and administered by Scottish Enterprise on behalf of a collaborative venture involving the Scottish Government along with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

I was delighted to launch the first full-scale Oyster in 2009 and to see it begin operating offshore. The launch of Oyster 1 was a key milestone for Aquamarine Power and for Scotland’s marine renewables sector. Through our investments and initiatives such as the Saltire Prize, the Scottish Government is working to ensure we capitalise on our rich natural marine resources, to meet our ambitious climate change targets, to create more high-skilled green jobs and to make a substantial contribution to one of the most pressing global challenges.
First Minister Alex Salmond MSP
Scottish Government

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