I was glad that your reader highlighted the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook report (Letters, 14 November).
Far from the assertions made by the author of the letter that “nobody is following” Scotland’s commitment to renewable energy, the IEA report states that renewable energy has become an “indispensable part of the global energy mix” and showed there had been “a pronounced shift away from oil, coal (and in some countries, nuclear) towards natural gas and renewables” across the world.
Importantly, the report also predicts that renewables will become the world’s second-largest source of power generation by 2015, way ahead of where we are likely to be in the UK at that time.
The report also confirms that, globally, the level of subsidies given to fossil fuel-based electricity generators, such as coal and gas, was six times more than the financial support provided to renewable energy.
All of which stands in stark contrast to the vocal minority who repeatedly claim that renewable technologies, such as wind power, are too expensive.