SSE has made an eleventh hour appeal to the Government to include its planned Shetland Island wind farm in a programme designed to support offshore wind projects. SSE is hoping that the Government will soften its stance against subsidising onshore wind and allow it to bid in an auction for a slice of a £290m funding pot to support the 103 turbine project. The Government has decided that no more public money should be paid to build onshore wind turbines in the UK. Instead this spring’s auction for subsidy contracts, known as Contracts for Difference (CfD), will support developers of less-established technologies, such as offshore wind. But SSE says wind projects on the Scottish islands have more in common with their offshore counterparts than with onshore wind farms and should be treated as a developing technology.
Telegraph 20th Jan 2017 read more »
Wind farms on remote Scottish islands should continue to receive subsidies, despite the Conservative manifesto pledge to end financial support for onshore wind, because they are more expensive than turbines on the mainland, energy groups have claimed. SSE and EDF, both of which want to build island projects, have written to Greg Clark, the business and energy secretary, arguing that they should be eligible to compete against offshore wind farms for consumer-funded subsidy contracts. Ministers are consulting on whether they should exempt remote islands from the ban on subsidies. In their letter, seen by The Times, the companies urge ministers to “classify non-mainland wind separately from mainland onshore wind”.
Times 21st Jan 2017 read more »