Cash incentive to build more turbines on Scottish islands

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Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey has proposed a tailored strike price to help unlock the Scottish Islands renewable energy potential as cost effectively as possible.

The Government proposes to set the strike price at £115 per MW/h for onshore wind developments on the Scottish Islands of Orkney, Shetland, and the Western Isles, reflecting their unique circumstances and potential.

The Minister said higher strike prices would not be value for money for Scottish consumers or those across the rest of the UK.

A consultation on strike prices will last for six weeks.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing commented: “Having established the inter-governmental group to take forward work to evidence the need for island support, I am keen that we reach a successful outcome for the islands.

“The Scottish Government continues to make the case for proposals that secure a solution for all three island groups. I look forward to seeing more details, in particular the extent to which these proposals will deliver an evidenced-based solution for Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

“Mr Davey specifically mentioned Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, it is therefore incumbent upon him to find a solution that benefits all of our island communities, and the Scottish Government will hold him to account to ensure that is delivered.”

He added: “I also find the timing of this announcement surprising given the UK and Scottish governments have not concluded discussions over the detail of the proposals. We will continue to engage with the UK Government on this issue to ensure we get the correct incentive to release the huge potential for electricity generation from the islands.”