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A consultation has been launched today over proposals to enable remote island wind projects to apply for a subsidy under the Contract for Difference (CfD) in the next competitive auction for less established renewable technologies.


Wind projects on the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland have great potential due to the strong winds on the islands and the opportunity to bring employment and benefit local supply chains.


However, they also face higher costs due to their location and transmission requirements, which set them apart from onshore wind projects elsewhere in Great Britain.


The UK government announced up to £557 million for future auctions in its clean growth strategy and intends for these changes to be implemented, so that island wind projects can compete in the next auction, planned for spring 2019. The consultation will also seek views on how island communities can benefit from these projects.


If a sufficient number of projects are successful it should facilitate the construction of new sub sea cables which could deliver a range of wider and longer term benefits and cost savings to the renewables industry and to the island economies.


UK Energy Minister Richard Harrington said:

“We’ve placed clean growth at the heart of our new industrial strategy. We are cutting emissions while keeping costs down for consumers, creating high value jobs and growing the economy.

We are delivering on our commitment to support remote island wind projects, which have the potential to benefit local communities.”


UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan said: “Wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland have the potential to generate substantial amounts of electricity and cut emissions, supporting economic growth and delivering lasting benefits for communities.


“Enabling these projects to compete in future auctions will reinforce the UK’s position as a world leader in renewable generation, as well as providing Scottish jobs in any projects supported.”




New consultation over island wind farms

15 December 2017