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Scottish renewables may falter alone, British minister says

EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 20 (UPI) -- British Energy Secretary Ed Davey said Scotland could face a difficult task in supporting its renewable energy ambitions if it breaks from the United Kingdom.

Scotland holds a September referendum for independence from the United Kingdom. The government in Edinburgh said it could support itself economically through oil and gas reserves in the North Sea.

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Davey told an energy conference in Edinburgh that while the Scottish people could endure alone, unity was better in terms of energy policies.

Scotland, he said, is developing its renewable energy sector at a record pace. Scotland accounts for 10 percent of all households in the U.K., but gets 25 percent of all support for renewable energy generation.

"If Scotland were to choose to go it alone, maintaining this level of support would take up a greater proportion of national finances," he said in remarks published Wednesday. "This has the potential to fundamentally change the integrated energy system our United Kingdom has enjoyed for so long."

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said last month independence will give Edinburgh a chance to boost renewable energy trade with its neighbors.

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