Examination of Witnesses (Questions 140
WEDNESDAY 23 JANUARY 2008
Q140 Dr Turner: Once a developer
is a presumed candidate, presumably once they have achieved their
successful three months' operation they then call on the fund,
is that correct?
Mrs Rhodes: That is right. As
I say, we are not designing to trip people up here, we are very
keen to spend this money, but we are very certain that we need
to spend it in the right way.
Q141 Dr Turner: It is £50 million
as I recall.
Mrs Rhodes: It is £50 million.
We have used it to fund things like the EMEC up in Orkney, the
marine energy centre.
Q142 Dr Gibson: Scotland again.
Mrs Rhodes: Absolutely, it is
where a lot of this resource is.
Q143 Chairman: There is a lot of
water. Sarah, I do not mean to stop you there but it would be
useful if we could have a brief note to say how many applications
there have been from companies that have had their three months
in the water and who are then applying to you for grants through
this fund. That would be useful to get some idea of the scale
Mrs Rhodes: Absolutely. I will
send that to you with the report of the Renewables Board.
Chairman: Thank you very much indeed.
On that very, very positive note could we thank you, Sarah Rhodes,
Dr Michael Duggan and Professor David Delpy, for your time this
morning. I am sorry it has been a fast canter through but we have
very much appreciated your evidence this morning. Thank you very