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Could renewable energy courses in Edinburgh be boosted by GIB?

There may soon be more interest in renewable energy courses in Edinburgh, after a major figure in the UK government expressed support for the Scottish capital's bid to host the Green Investment Bank (GIB).

Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne explained the city had a "very special advantage" thanks to how close it is to several green power initiatives.

London and Leeds are both bidding to house the financial institution, but Mr Huhne's comments suggest Edinburgh is likely to finish on top, which could lead to an increase in interest in renewable energy courses in the area.

However, the MP revealed that no decision has yet been taken regarding whether the GIB will be able to raise private funds through bond issues, adding: "If at any point more capital is required then it would obviously have to come back to its shareholders."

The Guardian recently claimed the financial institution's funding could ultimately help set up nuclear reactors, as well as green technology facilities such as wind farms.

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