Following the recent meeting of the Islands Delivery Forum Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey and the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael issued statements on the progress of bringing renewable to the Scottish Islands.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “The plan is coming together to bring renewables to the Scottish islands. We’re making real progress to overcome the two main barriers to development.
“We are working with the EU to secure State Aid approval as soon as possible and we are also aiming to announce further strike prices for a number of technologies later this year, including Scottish islands onshore wind.
“I’m very pleased with the progress made and the constructive approach taken by everyone involved.”
The Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael said: “I’m delighted the constructive partnership approach continued at the meeting of the Islands Delivery Forum.
“The UK Government are committed to ensuring Scottish Islands can deliver on their potential for cost effective renewable energy and we are working with the EU to get State Aid approval for the separate Islands Strike Price. In addition Ed Davey will announce further strike prices this year to give confidence to developers of renewable energy projects on the islands.
“This builds on the work the UK Government is undertaking through the historic Islands Framework we are also ensuring our island communities are well represented in our policy making on important energy issues such as grid connections.”
“In the months ahead we must continue with a constructive approach between the UK Government, Scottish Government, local authorities and private sector partners through such as the Scottish Islands Renewables Forum so our islands can live up to their potential and deliver cost effective renewables energy.”