The British government has confirmed that it will hold an auction for contracts worth a total of £290 million to bidders of ‘less established’ renewable energy schemes. At the same time, the government also announced that would hold a public consultation to provide a comprehensive answer as to whether onshore wind projects on ‘remote’ islands should be treated differently from onshore wind projects on mainland Great Britain. The Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles have more than 800MW of large scale renewable energy projects that have been consented and are ready to deliver:
Scottish Energy News 10th Nov 2016 read more »
The UK government has announced a consultation on whether to give subsidies to onshore wind development in the Western and Northern Isles. The Conservatives at Westminster had pledged to end the support. The UK government has also announced support packages for offshore wind and marine energy projects. Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil and Scottish Renewables have criticised the government for not allowing developers of islands wind farms to bid for funds. Scotland’s Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, said he was “extremely disappointed” and “angered” by the UK government’s handling of a “vitally important issue”. The UK government said the consultation showed that it had listened to representations from Scotland and the renewable energy industry on the matter of subsidies. The consultation forms part of the UK government’s wider announcement “to reaffirm” an earlier commitment to spend £730m of annual support to renewable electricity projects over the current term of this parliament.
BBC 9th Nov 2016 read more »
Wind energy projects on Scotland’s islands and the country’s wave and tidal sectors have been left in the cold by the UK government, claims a trade organisation. Scottish Renewables said that onshore wind developers on remote Scottish islands would be “bitterly disappointed” that the government has put off a decision on funding. The energy department has announced details of an auction that will allow companies to compete for £290 million of long-term renewable energy supply contracts for difference.
Times 10th Nov 2016 read more »