Lack of wind power leaves the sails of Scottish economic recovery sagging

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LACK of wind power contributed to a drop of 0.2% in Scotland’s onshore GDP in July, according to figures out today.

The Scottish Government said output in the services sector – which accounts for three quarters of the economy – grew by 0.4% that month.

But a substantial drop in the output of the production section – 3% – eradicated those slender gains, according to figures from the Chief Statistician.

Output remains 2.4% below the pre-pandemic level in February 2020.

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The production sector saw falls in mining and quarrying, manufacturing, and electricity and gas supply subsectors.

The largest contribution to the fall in GDP was the 9.9% drop in the electricity and gas supply subsector, due to unusually low levels of wind and hydro-generated electricity during the summer.

Output in the construction sector is provisionally estimated to have fallen by 0.4% in July, broadly in line with the UK as a whole over the course of the latest three months.

In the three months to July, GDP is estimated to have grown by 3.4% compared to the previous three month period.

Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “It is positive to see sectors, including the service sector which was particularly affected by the pandemic, continue to grow.

“Although monthly figures will fluctuate, especially in the current economic conditions, it is encouraging that the Scottish economy has grown by 3.4% in the last three months.”

Forbes warned: “Conditions remain difficult for many businesses, especially as a result of ongoing consequences from Brexit,”

But she went on to claim: “However despite these challenges, the resilience and ingenuity of business and our labour market are creating conditions for sustainable economic growth.”