Speaking at the 10th annual RenewableUK Wave and Tidal Conference in London, Scottish MEP Alyn Smith will today call for further support for ocean energy, urging the key players to "stop dragging their feet".
The two day conference brings together a number of delegates from the marine energy sector in the UK, from the research community and policy makers to industry professionals and companies, to discuss the issues facing the wave and tidal sectors and the direction that the sector needs to move in.
Speaking from London, Alyn said:
"I'm delighted to be here in London today to bang the drum about ocean energy in Scotland. Wave and tidal energy has huge potential and Scotland is certainly leading the way on this.
"We have the perfect conditions that make Scotland the ideal location for investment in ocean energy and so we have more wave and tidal energy devices being developed and tested than anywhere else in the world.
"Support for ocean energy is there. From the European Framework Programmes and Intelligent Energy Europe to the Scottish Government Saltire Prize, there are a number of funding avenues that the sector has been able to tap into. We need to be doing more though to build confidence and provide clarity so that the sector can progress.
"Inclusion in the EU SET (Strategic Energy Technology) Plan would bring industry, the research community, Member States and the Commission together to focus on developing ocean energy at EU level. This would be a massive boost for the sector and I've recently written to the European Energy Commissioner to re-affirm my commitment to SET Plan inclusion for ocean energy.
"I'm really excited about the future for this sector, it really does look bright. We need to build on this and give as much support as we can for ocean energy, both from Europe and at home. The potential is there, it is ready and waiting, and we can't miss this opportunity."